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UniSA Gold at Summer Universiade

Posted By UniSA Sport on 4/09/2017

UniSA student Chelsea Brook won a gold medal at the Summer Universiade in Chinese Taipei last week, as part of the Emerging Opals Basketball team.

The Australian team beat both the USA and the home team Chinese Taipei on their way to the gold medal match, where they beat Japan 85-78.

At only 19-years old, the Summer Universiade was an unbelievable experience for Bachelor of Nursing student Brook.

It was one she was extremely grateful for, “to get an opportunity like this, and then to win gold, it’s pretty unreal. Also playing with those girls, I’ve grown up watching them play and to be able to be part of that team, they were just so welcoming and you just learn so much from them,” Brook said.

It wasn’t just her fellow players Brook learnt from, but also the overall experience of a multi-sport event, “playing in an event this big and under this amount of pressure, you just wouldn’t be able to get this anywhere else.”

After the Universiade, Brook has one clear goal in mind, “I want to make as many international teams as possible,” she said.

To help her with that will be Chris Lucas, not only her coach at the Emerging Opals, but also at Adelaide Lightning back home.

“I’ll be working with Chris on what he thinks I need to improve on and hopefully in two years’ time I’ll be back at the Universiade again.”

Human movement student Georgina Barratt also represented UniSA at the Universiade, competing in the women's foil individual fencing competition.

Barratt didn’t get the results she was hoping for, but noticed her improvement since her last international event, the Fencing Grand Prix

"I’m really happy with how I fenced. I felt like I was keeping up more with the girls and all my tactics and technique were working a lot better," Barratt said.

"My coach and I worked a lot on distance and attack and I was much more successful in that. I was keeping distance with my opponents really well, and I had a lot more variety with my hits and actions I was doing in each bout."

Overall, it was a great experience for Barratt, "it's pretty awesome just to be around so many amazing athletes from a variety of sports and around so many different cultures."

Another human movement student, Malachi Murch, was also a participant from UniSA in Taipei.

His men's volleyball team finished 19th in a tough field, but finished the competition well with a 3-0 set win over Cyprus.

The Summer Universaide proves to be a great development opportunity for those student-athletes who strive for even higher honours.

The next one will be held in 2019 in Naples, Italy.

Written by Kirralee Thomas