ACU won an impressive 17 medals including gold for hurdler Leigh Bennett and the women’s water polo team during five days of competition earlier this month on the Gold Coast.
Sydney’s Morgan Baxter is part of ACU’s Elite Athlete Program and was a member of the undefeated women’s water polo team.
“I think winning gold in our first ever AUG’s is an awesome achievement, especially considering the majority of the team had never met each other or played together before,” she said.
“We started the week a little unsure of everyone’s playing style, but by the end of the week I feel like we began to play a lot better together and were able to secure the Gold!”
ACU had a record attendance this year with over 300 students from all six campuses participating. Teams competed in sports such as athletics, AFL, beach volleyball, netball, rugby 7s, soccer, swimming, taekwondo, touch football and ultimate frisbee.
The women’s AFL team came away with a bronze and coach Paul Callery, Senior Lecturer in Exercise Science and former VFL player, was extremely proud of his players.
“The ACU girls were magnificent even though they lost three important players to injury early in the competition, the girls teamwork and tough, relentless pressure play ensured their medal in the final,” he said.
“I have one daughter, Katie, and I was so proud of the girls that I told them I have inherited another 25 daughters.”
Green and gold medals, awarded to recognise outstanding performances, were also up for grabs and Claire Walker (volleyball), Hayley Anschau (swimming), Leigh Bennet (athletics), Josh Rozailo (mixed touch), Samantha Rodgers (mixed touch), Kat Smith (ultimate Frisbee), Rebecca Brereton (ultimate frisbee), Joseph Fisher ( AFL), Maddy McDonald (AFL), Tilly Arthur (AFL), Abby Tanner (AFL) and Meg Dargan (basketball) have all walked away with this prestigious acknowledgement.