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Liz Brett to lead Uniroos with 150 days to Taipei

Liz Brett to lead Uniroos with 150 days to Taipei

Liz Brett will be concentrating on encouraging development and personal bests at the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei after she was re-appointed as the Australian Uniroos chef de mission.

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Athletics team in starting blocks for Taipei

Athletics team in starting blocks for Taipei

Australia has performed superbly in athletics at the Summer Universiade in recent times, a competition that is often regarded as a championship only bettered in its quality of performance by the world championships and Olympics.

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Medical professionals head to Taipei

Medical professionals head to Taipei

A team of nine medical professionals have been selected to attend the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei.

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National Sporting Organisations partners with Universities

National Sporting Organisations partners with Universities

Swimming Australia recently announced it is partnering with Australian universities to help bolster their high performance program after the Australian Sport Commission announced their funding allocations for Olympic sports until the end of the financial year.

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Australian sailors win world championships

Australian sailors win world championships

At the end of five long days of sailing, Australia has won both the Open and Women’s categories at the 2016 International University Sports Federation (FISU) World University Sailing Championship.

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Aussie gold at World University Waterski Championships

Aussie gold at World University Waterski Championships

The Australian Team of Joshua Briant, Patrick Crisp, Harrison Harber, Sarah Lochner, Trent Nelson-Cranfield and Jessica Schmidt have returned from a very successful 2016 World University Waterski Championships in Akita Japan.

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Uniroos bring home rowing medals

Uniroos bring home rowing medals

Three Australian Uniroo rowers will be bringing home some extra luggage from their recent trip to the World University Rowing Championship in Poznan, Poland.

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Student-athletes perform in Rio

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.

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Australian Uniroos Rugby 7s crowned world champions

Australian Uniroos Rugby 7s crowned world champions

Australian Rugby 7s 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.

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Australia welcomes home new WUC Cycling Champion

Australia welcomes home new WUC Cycling Champion

Australia has welcomed home its newest world cycling champion as the World University Cycling Championship concludes in the Phillipines.

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