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Great individual and team performances at AUG's

Posted By UniSA Sport on 3/10/2017

Team UniSA has had some great individual and team performances at the Australian University Games on the Gold Coast, winning five medals.

It was a podium trifecta on day one, with a number of medals among UniSA’s martial arts teams.

Taliah Hillier won a gold medal in taekwondo, while Mark Meegan won a silver.

In judo, a bronze medal was won in the team event.

On the track and at the field, it was a week of personal bests for the UniSA participants in athletics.

Sam Russell had a terrific week, winning a bronze medal in the 800 metres, and running a personal best and just missing out on the podium in the 1500 metres, finishing fourth.

Bachelor of Business (Sports and Recreation Management) student Russell was one of a number of elite athletes on the UniSA team, and said the competition has set him up for the athletic summer season.

"My coach Simon Moran and I identified AUG's as a good way to start, as it was the first opportunity to race before a stacked summer season," Russell said.

"It was a tough field full of national and international runners so I was rapt to get a medal and it was my fastest season opener in the 800m too."

"I was really impressed with the numbers on the field and now I should be read to go for bigger events coming up."

Matt Ward also threw a personal best in the javelin, to finish fifth in the final.

Justin Gassner cycled strongly all week, winning a bronze medal in a photo finish at the cycling road race and placing seventh in the criterium.

After stepping up to division one, the men’s tennis team had a great week, going undefeated through the minor rounds and making the bronze medal match.

Unfortunately, they played some tough competition to finish fourth, but have cemented their place in division one in next year Australian University Sport Nationals.

Tyson Devine had a fantastic week for the tennis team, earning himself Green and Gold selection.

Tennis team manager Douglas Howard said the team had a really good week, “the guys played really well coming up from division two,” he said.

“Being in the top four in national competition is great.”

Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams also qualified for division one for the AUS Nationals in 2018, with a seventh and eighth place finish respectively.

In the rowing, UniSA entered six events and made the A final in all but one, the best result being a fifth place in the Women’s Lightweight Single Scull.

Overall, UniSA placed ninth in rowing.

There was some tough competition in both the badminton and volleyball competitions, with both teams finishing in 12th position.

Both sports haven't competed for UniSA at the University Games for a number of years so it was great to get both up to the Gold Coast.

UniSA participated in kendo for the first time at the University Games, and the team learned a lot against strong competition.

Team UniSA will be working hard over the next year in preparation for the first AUS Nationals competition in 2018.

Written by Kirralee Thomas