Students scoring points for ACU at recent Games
ACU students were recently involved in a series of sporting events, including the Australian University Games, Australian University Championship Snow Sports, Melbourne V Ballarat Cup and the South Region Sport Awards.
Australian University Games, a week long event, is recognised as a perfect opportunity to provide university athletes a chance to compete against each other in a national multi-sport event. The event attracts over 7,000 participants, 103 of which were ACU students all of whom performed admirably.
Chris Dunne, studying a Post Graduate in Exercise Rehabilitation, played for ACU in Australian Rules Football and believes the games are great.
“I’d recommend uni games to anyone; it’s really social and it’s great mixing with the delightful people who assemble just to play sports and have fun,” he says.
Snow Sports, held at Mount Buller in Victoria, gives students the opportunity to participate in some of 13 events from four disciplines, where students compete against one another to show their skills in the snow.
Natalie Mclarn, Bachelor of Exercise Science graduate and Masters of Teaching student, has attended Snow Sports for the last three years.
“So there are many great things about Snow Sports. You have the opportunity to meet many people from other universities and I have had the pleasure to have made some great friends,” says Natalie.
“All in all it’s a great week of skiing, partying and having fun!”
Mark Young, Campus Life Coordinator (Sport and National Projects), described the annual Melbourne V Ballarat Cup day as “The battle for bragging rights between the Melbourne and Ballarat Campus”.
“Since 2009, ACU has organised a Melbourne V Ballarat Cup that students fiercely compete in. This year, both campuses selected a men’s and women’s football team, and also a women’s netball team.
“Ballarat won the netball by 1 point and looked favourites going into the women’s football, but were upset by Melbourne’s running play. The men’s football was the decider and with star recruits the Melbourne Campus continued their unbeaten record in the annual cup!”
Finally, the South Region Sports Awards were held, an evening which recognises the achievements of athletes from the Melbourne and Ballarat Campuses. Amongst the awards ACU acknowledged Jodi Acornley, Brendan Davey, Michael Coldwell and Chris Berry for outstanding commitment to the ACU Campus Community. The dinner also recognised individual and team performances from Melbourne and Ballarat Campuses.
ACU continues to offer more opportunities for students to participate in sport and recreational events each year.