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The Australian Uniroos is the team identity for all Australian University Sport high performance teams representing Australia on the international stage at either a World University Championship, Summer or Winter Universiade.



Student-athletes perform in Rio

There were 71 Australian medallists who returned home victorious from Rio yesterday. Australia won eight gold medal events, with a total of 82 medals awarded to Australia (including multiple medals to the same athletes). Student-athletes were responsible for 61% of the total medals won across 10 sports - representing the majority of medallists.

It was one of the must successful Olympics for student-athletes in recent history, only outdone by London 2012 in which 63% of the medals distributed were won by student-athletes. Studying and training is becoming the new norm, and is providing a great pathway for Olympians. 

Australian University Sport CEO Don Knapp attributed the performance of Australia's student-athletes to the support pathways created by elite student-athlete programs at Australian universities.

“Many of our member universities facilitate dual career education through scholarships which enable student-athletes to pursue elite sporting careers, complete tertiary education and maintain a healthy balance."

“Research shows student-athletes selected to Australian Olympic teams win a higher percentage of medals on a pro-rata basis – an achievement Australian University Sport and its 42 member universities is very proud of,” Knapp said. 

Of the 42 student-athlete medallists, seven were former Australian Uniroos, and three competed most recently in the 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade. Trap shooter Catherine Skinner (RMIT University) lead the pack collecting a gold medal, one of only eight gold medals for Australia in Rio. Skinner was the flagbearer at the 2015 Summer Universiade. Dane Bird-Smith (The University of Queensland) took home one of only two athletics medals for Australia, walking his way to bronze in the 20km race walk. Anabelle Smith (Australian Catholic University) competed alongside student-athlete Maddison Keeney (The University of Queensland) in synchronised diving and took home a bronze medal.

The Summer Universiade is proving to be a great opportunity for athletes to gain experience and training on the world stage in preparation for the Olympics.

Australian Uniroos WUC Rugby 7s Men are World Champions!


CAPTAIN Conor Mitchell was immensely proud after his last-gasp score ensured Australia won their first World University Championship title as they edged Great Britain 24-20 in a thrilling final in Swansea.

Patrick Jenkinson and Christopher Levesley set the final alight as the Brits raced out to a 10-0 lead in pursuit of their third successive title.

But the Uniroos refused to lie down, Thomas Merrit, Fred Dorrough and Lachlan Anderson firing the Aussies into a 19-10 half-time lead.

Samuel Pointon and James Beal edged the hosts 20-19 ahead by the time the hooter sounded, but Mitchell had the final say when he nipped over to break British hearts.

And the Australian skipper Mitchell, of Queensland University of Technology (QUT), could not contain his excitement.

“I’m stoked, it was an awesome feeling, I thought the game was lost when Great Britain had that scrum, but I always had faith in the boys,” he said.

“I knew if we could get the ball we could find away to the line and I am ecstatic.

“Great Britain are a real quality side and it showed out there, but the boys dug in deep and it is just such an unbelievable feeling to win it."

“We hung on to the ball well and we applied pressure in defence well to make sure we could win the ball back.”

Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Levesley was again superb for GB – and at 10-0 up within five minutes, they looked to have put their 19-12 group-stage loss behind them.

Australia refused to lie down though and Thomas Merrit’s superb solo effort proved the catalyst for their first fight-back.

But with Jack Rossiter increasingly prominent in the second-half, Pointon and Levesley’s Cardiff Met team-mate Beal looked to have sealed the win for Great Britain before Mitchell stole the show.

Durham University’s Robert Stevenson admitted it was the cruellest of losses.

“Getting to the final is no mean feat and everyone left it out on the pitch, you can’t ask for much more than that, but we had the gold medals in our hands after the hooter had gone,” the 20-year-old said.

“We just didn’t quite get over the line, but I am immensely proud of all the boys and all they have put in over the past week.

“I think everyone could see how much wearing the shirt meant to us and getting second the world wasn’t exactly what we wanted, but there isn’t anything to be ashamed about.”

Check out the interview with captain Conor Mitchell

Final score: Australia 24 - 20 Great Britain

Australia Tries: 1 L.Anderson, 1 F.Dorough, 1 T.Merrit, 1 C.Mitchell Conversion: 2 F.Dorough Great Britain Tries: 1 P.Jenkinson, 1 C.Levesley, 1 S.Poiton, 1 J.Beal

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