The World University Winter Games or Winter Universiade is held every two years under the banner of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The Winter Universiade comprises competition in 10 compulsory sports and some optional sports determined by the host. These events are staged in various cities throughout the world.
The compulsory sports contested include alpine skiing, snowboard, cross country skiing, ski jumping, nordic combined, biathlon, ice hockey, skeleton, figure skating and short track speed skating.
Australian University Sport selects teams to represent Australia in the Winter Universiade in consultation with the relevant National Sporting Organisations (NSOs). The Australian team does not necessarily compete in all sports.
To be eligible, competitors must meet the eligibility requirements set out in the AUS athlete's and anti-doping by-laws. Athletes must be:
At least 17 and less than 28* years of age as at 1st January year of event;
Proceeding towards a diploma or higher at either an Australian or overseas university/ TAFE or have graduated from one of the above institutions in the year prior to the competition (i.e.: if the event is on 1 February 2011, then the student must have graduated after 1 February 2010).
* All participants of the basketball competitions must be no less than 17 on 1 January in the year of the event and less than 25 years of age on 31 December in the year of the event.
The Certificate of Academic Eligibility must be completed by all athletes and then given to their respective university to be signed and stamped with the university seal. Athletes should contact their university Elite Athlete Coordinators or sports office for assistance.
For further information please contact:
Siobhan James (High Performance Manager)
Australia at the Universiade
Australia's history in the event dates back to 1985 and has seen Australian athletes represented in 11 of the 25 previous events with an unbroken run of involvement dating back to 1991.
Records indicate that Australia's best ever result at a Winter Universiade was 4th place in the 5,000m Speed Skating in Sapporo, Japan in 1991. A summary of Australia's involvement in the Winter Universiade program is included below.