Over 6,700 participants from across the country gathered on the Gold Coast recently to compete in the 2011 Australian University Games (AUG).
210 ECU students, coaches and team managers took part this year, making it the largest ECU interstate team since the Games commenced in 1993.
Athletes competed in 29 sports during a week of intense competition, with broken records, many PB’s and some awe-inspiring and standout performances. Highlights included:
- ECU men’s beach volleyball pair of Mark Van Winsen and Michael Snart winning gold for the second consecutive year, defeating RMIT in the final;
- The Beach Volleyball mixed fours team getting redemption on RMIT (2010 winners), winning the gold in straight sets, and Jeremy Andrews winning the men’s long jump, defending his 2010 crown;
- Amy Fortescue, who played 4 straight days of women’s AFL, backing up her efforts in Taekwondo on the final day to win gold, an outstanding effort from an amazing athlete;
- Beach volleyball stars Kobi Evans and Jess Forman winning silver in women’s competition in a tough 3 set final against Griffith University;
- The two-time lawn bowls defending champions losing only one match the entire tournament, ultimately winning bronze; and
- Sinta Wardana and Daniel Rubick winning bronze in the women’s long jump and steeple chase respectively, both improving on their 2010 placing.
ECU finished 10th overall, the best interstate finish to date, and 6 places better than the previous record in 2009.
ECU male captain Mark Van Winsen marked this year as one of the best games to date.
“To travel from Perth and finish in the top 10 shows just how far ECU have come over the years. We want to build on this success and aim for top 5 in Adelaide at the 2012 AUG”.
8 ECU students were awarded a place in the green and gold team for outstanding performers during the 2011 AUG. Congratulations to:
- Amber Sunderland (Football);
- Gabriel Bates (AFL);
- Brad Gardner (AFL);
- David Sesay (Football);
- Simone Levis (Handball);
- Shenayde Heldt (Lawn Bowls);
- Katelyn Smith (Hockey); and
- Amy Fortescue (Taekwondo).