RMIT’s elite student athletes are revelling in their achievements at university games on home soil and abroad, bringing back every shade of medal and trophy.
From victory at the Southern University Games to claiming the country’s first medals at the World University Games and breaking new ground for Indigenous sport, RMIT athletes have been excelling in their efforts.
World University Games
Chemical engineering student Catherine Skinner won Australia’s first medals at the recent World University Games, collecting two bronze medals in the trap shooting finals.
Skinner was also selected as flag bearer for the team.
“I was deeply honoured to be chosen,” Skinner said.
“To lead the team out is a rare opportunity, and I was already excited just to be able to go to the opening ceremony.”
The Universiade in in Gwangju, Korea, was the largest ever with 12,885 participants from 143 countries.
The Uniroos 181-athlete team, the largest contingent ever sent by Australia, finished 15th on the medal tally with a total of 19 medals – four Gold, three Silver and 12 Bronze.
Skinner, who won silver in 2011 in Shenzhen, China, and gold in 2013 in Kazan, Russia, was competing in her third University Games,
“I am happy with my performance in Gwangju – the bronze now means I have a medal of each colour,” she said.
The next event on her schedule is the World Championships, to be held in Italy, with making the Australian team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro her ultimate goal.
Skinner and her medal-winning Uniroos teammates will be added to the Australian University Sport Honour Roll in recognition for their outstanding performances.
Southern University Games
At the 2015 Southern University Games, the RMIT Redbacks were crowned overall champions, competing against universities from Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.
The overall title is determined by the pennant tally, with the Redbacks taking out six – double their nearest rival Deakin University, who won three.
The six pennants were won in the sports of Tennis Women, Futsal Men, Golf Men, Ultimate Frisbee Mixed, Ten Pin Bowling Mixed, and Lawn Bowls Mixed.
With a new home at the RMIT Sports Centre on Bundoora campus, the Redbacks were more determined than ever to produce a result fitting of squad with a state-of-the-art home base, improved leadership and a clear vision for future success.
Team captains Tessa Bruno and Ben Marris led a team of managers and coaches that were clearly focused on record-breaking success.
Indigenous University Games
In an outstanding achievement for their first year participating, RMIT's first Indigenous University Games team made it into the volleyball quarter finals.
Advisor for RMIT’s Ngarara Willim Centre, Carly Donovan, said the team were absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to represent RMIT and Ngarara Willim on a national scale.
“The team made RMIT proud by making it into the volleyball quarter finals and overall, RMIT finished 15th out of 30 universities from around Australia,” she said.
The Redbacks are now turning their attention to the national Australian University Games to be held on the Gold Coast on 27 September.
Story: Chanel Bearder