The 2015 Australian University Games have officially kicked off on the Gold Coast.
More than 300 students from across six campuses are representing ACU at the Australian University Games on the Gold Coast from 27 September to 2 October 2015.
They have joined more than 7,500 student athletes from right around the country representing 43 universities in 32 sports.
ACU has already won a medal with Brisbane’s Sebastian Murphy taking out bronze in the judo. While the men’s and women’s water polo teams have both jumped away to great starts with wins in their first games of the tournament.
Brisbane’s Maddison Houston is another big medal chance in the taekwondo following her success in international competition last year.
“I had my biggest sporting success in achieving a bronze medal at the Taekwondo Commonwealth Championships last year in Scotland,” Maddison said.
Melbourne’s Olivia Woods is hoping her basketball team can improve on their bronze medal at the Southern University Games and bring home the gold.
“My favourite quote is ‘Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're probably right’, and I’ll try and live by that this week,” Olivia said.
Since their beginning in 1993, the Uni Games have grown to be Australia's largest annual multi-sport event. They are renowned for providing a friendly but competitive environment for Australian university athletes and are the flagship event on the national university sporting calendar.