Sporting Highlights in 2017
Check out CQUni's sporting highlights in 2017.
Northern University Games
CQUniversity’s participation in Australian University Sport continues to grow and develop. Australian University Sport celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017.
CQUniversity was proud to be the host university for the 2017 Northern University Games (NUG’s). The Games were held on 2–6 July 2017 in Rockhampton and Yeppoon, and was a joint sponsorship arrangement between the University, the Rockhampton Regional Council, the Livingstone Shire Council and Australian University Sport.
130 CQUniversity students were among the 1200 students from 12 Queensland and northern NSW universities, who competed in 13 different sports in the Northern University Games.
The Welcome Ceremony was held on the Rockhampton North Campus and open to the general public. A report by lighting specialists National Hire Supplies, who installed a 1000m2 fairy light canopy in the middle of the sports field, estimated 4000 people attended the event over the course of the evening. Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Scott Bowman, and special guests Mayor Bill Ludwig, Mayor Margaret Strelow and Olympian Anna Meares OAM welcomed the community to the campus and week-long event.
Australian University Games
43 CQUniversity students were among 8000 students from 42 universities, who competed in 33 different sports across 30 venues for the Australian University Games, held on the Gold Coast between 25-29th, September 2017. This national event that was subsequent to the July 2017 Northern University Games.
CQUniversity was represented in three team sports (Futsal, Football and Touch Football), along with individual
sports Athletics, Rowing, Taekwondo and Judo. CQUniversity students travelled from Tasmania, Sydney, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Townsville, Cairns and Mackay.
Achievements and results from the Australian University Games include:
- The Mens Touch Team were undefeated the entire competition, taking the Gold. This is particularly pleasing as the Mens Touch Team have achieved Silver medals in 2015 and 2016.
- Mr Bobur Abdujalilov achieved Bronze in Taekwondo, the first time CQUniversity has had representation in this sport at this level.
- Mr Abdul Kamara took out a Green and Gold Medal, awarded to those deemed to be best on the field.
- CQUniversity football (soccer) athlete Mr Lenny Jenkins won a sponsor prize of $5,000 off his HECS debt for winning a Frisbee competition. Ultimate Frisbee is a competitive sport at the AUG’s, so we are proud that a CQUniversity Footballer took home the prize above all other competitors.
- CQUniversity mascot Birdy McBirdface took out the 2017 Mascot Challenge against 10 other mascots, with the unexpected support of the general public chanting “Birdy” alongside students. Many families were staying in the area for the school holidays and Birdy was popular for photos with young families.
- CQUniversity finished overall inside the top 20 universities (19/42) which is a great result considering athletes travel from many different locations and only meet before the games begin.
World University Games
CQUni Master of Education student Taryn Gollshewsky who has claimed bronze in the women's discus at the World University Games in Taipei. Taryn was up against some stiff competition and challenging weather at the event, but she drew on her strength and talent to record a 58m throw. This shot secured her first international medal at a senior level.
The Bundaberg-based student has certainly excelled in her chosen sport over the last few years and will be competing in next year's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. We'll certainly be cheering her on in 2018!
Read more about Taryn’s story