Griffith University has taken home second place at this year’s Australian University Games held on the Gold Coast.
With a record number of participants in 29 of the 32 sporting events, Griffith students took home 23 gold medals, 15 silver and four bronze.
It is the first time in the history of the Australian University Games that a Queensland university has placed in the top three.
Griffith teams also won overall in baseball, women’s netball, mixed netball, men’s touch, men’s rugby union 7’s, cycling and swimming events and 27 students were selected for the Green and Gold Merit Team.
Griffith Sport development and recreation manager, Natalee Black, said she couldn’t be more proud of the students and how they represented the University over the week long national event, which wrapped up on October 2.
“Winning both Netball competitions was an absolutely incredible result but also what doesn’t show in the tally board is that we were the only University in Australia to qualify for Division 1 for all Touch divisions,” she said.
“Baseballers were dominate all week and have been working towards Australian University Games gold ever since they took silver home at the 2009 event.
“The Rugby Uni 7’s boys have more than half of them graduating this year so it was an awesome way for them to go out winning the gold. They were underdogs going in but never gave up.”
Swimmers Kiah Melverton and Chris Wright led the Swim team to winning overall.
Griffith’s touch football team captain Sam Yip said the UniGames provided an opportunity to meet like-minded people from across the country.
“Personally, I think it’s about making friends who are all there for sport and overall have a good time,” says the Bachelor of Business student.
He said he enjoyed being part of the Griffith team as the University has a great culture of being involved in sport at elite and social levels.
See all the results here.