UON takes out the 2017 Indigenous Unigames

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

A team of student-athletes from the University of Newcastle (UON) won the 2017 Indigenous Unigames held last week at Deakin University in Geelong.

UON Indigenous Unigames team

After four days of close competition against 34 teams from across Australia, UON finished as overall champions, winning by just four points.

The Indigenous Unigames is an annual multisport event, with athletes competing in basketball, netball, touch football and volleyball.

Established in 1996 by thirteen students enrolled in a Diploma of Aboriginal Studies at UON, the National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games (NITESG) has grown from just 34 to 450 student competitors over 22 years.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Australian University Sport, Don Knapp, said he was excited to see such strong regional representation and success at the Unigames.

“Regional university sporting events provide student-athletes with the opportunity to pursue a dual education and sport pathway, which results in both tertiary qualifications and sport participation at all levels across Australia,” Mr Knapp said.

The official boomerang was handed over to Macquarie University who will host the event in 2018.

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