UniSport Nationals recap
134 RMIT student athletes represented the university across 15 sports teams, accompanied by 23 supporting staff including chief sport staff, coaches, media and medical experts.
With 42 other universities and tertiary institutions represented the competition was fierce.
Steph Calabrese, a third-year business student, Captain of the Redbacks and team manager of the mixed Netball team lead the entire Redbacks contingent for the first time.
It's a privilege to be able to represent RMIT at Nationals.
- Steph Calabrese
The Redbacks delivered some spellbinding results including from our champion cycling men's team that continued their reign, securing the coveted pennant for the second year in a row.
The RMIT Tenpin team delivered a stellar performance, missing out on the overall pennant by a whisker.
However, they managed to claim every gold medal possible in their respective events, a notable highlight was Cooper Hillyer, an Australian-level athlete, who shattered records by achieving the highest individual game score of 290 in his debut appearance for RMIT setting a UniNationals record.
In other notable results, the fencing team had the strongest representative in Redbacks history with three gold medals and eight bronzes led by inspirational team manager Tim Davis who claimed the lion's share of silverware for the tournament.
The mixed Lacrosse team brought home silver, narrowly missing out on a second consecutive gold medal by the slimmest of margins.
The men's badminton secured a well-deserved silver meanwhile taekwondo, ultimate frisbee and men’s basketball left the tournament with excellent results in performances will be remembered for years to come.
Ultimate frisbess player Nicholas Noordzy was thrilled with how the week went.
"The whole week was great, the RMIT Redbacks bonding together at team functions, and supporting each other during games just added so much to the enjoyment of the experience.”