After four days of fast and furious competition the Indigenous Unigames have come to a close and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has been crowned overall champions.
More than 400 Indigenous students from 25 Australian universities converged on Australian Catholic University’s (ACU’s) Brisbane Campus to take part in the Unigames.
They contested four sports, with Deakin University taking the honours in basketball, The University of Melbourne winning the volleyball competition and QUT lifting the netball and touch trophies on their way to the overall win.
ACU First Peoples and Equity Pathways Director Jane Ceolin said the event was an outstanding success, and gave a great demonstration of the leadership potential and positive role models that exist in our community.
“All the games were played in tremendous spirit and with a great attitude,” she said.
“Even more important was the chance for students to re-connect with old friends, make new friends and celebrate the richness of Indigenous culture in sport.”
ACU student Kalina Brown relished her opportunity to take part in the Unigames.
“I love how everyone comes together, we get to meet people and we are all doing tertiary study,” she said.
University of Newcastle student Haidee Allen feels there are even broader benefits, beyond networking.
"It's important to meet other students, but also to have an awareness of Indigenous students taking up tertiary education," she said.
"We're seeing a lot more Indigenous students going to university and this is a great opportunity to come together and celebrate this fact.”
The National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games (Indigenous Unigames) began in 1996 as a joint class project between 13 students and the then Wollotuka School for Aboriginal Studies, The University of Newcastle.
The Unigames aim to provide a platform for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in tertiary education to form networks, explore the culture of other universities and display pride in their own traditional culture, all while enjoying the benefits of physical activity.