Sporting success: it's been an active year!
The student life is a busy one, and it can be hard to balance study, work, socialising, sleep and exercise. But (of course) there are always those talented exceptions!
UTS has just wrapped up a killer run (and dive, and taekwondo, and table tennis) at the World University Games in Napoli, and were equally successful at the National University Championships.
World University Games
Team UTS sent 10 of our finest athletes across to Italy this July. Some of the highlights include:
- Bella O’Grady set a personal best in the 400m sprint finals, and claimed the bronze medal as part of the 4x400m relay team.
- Ed Goddard made his mark on the half marathon and placed 4th.
- Both Jye Perrot and Mason Cohen made it to the 800m semi-final.
- In diving, Olivia O’Rourke placed 4th in the women’s 10m synchronised diving and Nicholas Jeffree placed in the top 10 for three of his events.
- Antonia Zhang smashed it (probably literally) in table tennis, finishing the group stages with two individual points and four team points.
- Andy Pham reached the taekwondo preliminary finals.
- Alice Williams and Genevieve Longman helped Australia finish 5th in the women’s water polo competition.
National University Championships: Division 2
But, that’s only the beginning. The National University Championships also kicked off in July, seeing around 8000 student athletes, 36 of which were from UTS, flock to the Gold Coast for division 2.
Our results were just as impressive on home turf, and our successes include:
- 7th place in the men’s basketball
- 4th place in men’s touch footy,
- And, lastly (well, not really), 3rd place in both badminton and volleyball.
We’re working up a sweat just reading these achievements!
National University Championships: Division 1
Also held in the Gold Coast, division 1 really was the best of the best this year. We sent nearly 300 students up, 21 of our 30 teams finished in the top 4 – pretty impressive, if we do say so ourselves.
Check out these results:
- We won gold in men’s rugby 7s, men’s rowing and women’s water polo.
- Silver medallists included our sailing team, women’s football team, men’s fencing, men’s futsal and the mixed European handball team.
- Bronze went to eight teams across five sports, including netball (women’s and mixed), tennis (women and men’s), kendo (women and men’s), open ten pin, and men’s water polo!
A huge congratulations to everyone who represented Team UTS over the course of 2019. We’re not sure how we can top these results, but if anyone can do it, it’s us in 2020!
Think you have what it takes to represent TEAM UTS in 2020? Get in contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest and we can get you sorted. While our National University Games feature top-level elite athletes, UTS Sport also offers social sports for those who are up for a bit of fun and want to get in some exercise in between class. It’s your chance to meet new people, reignite the fun in sport and be part of a community.