The largest university sporting event in Australia to be held in Perth this year, the 2016 Australian University Games, will kick off next week attracting more than 5,600 student-athletes from across Australia.
From 25-30 September in Perth, the 2016 Australian University Games is back in Perth for the first time since 2010. The Games is a six day, multisport event with a total of 34 sports on offer.
Australian University Sport CEO Don Knapp said student experience can be greatly enhanced through participation in sporting activities while studying.
“Events such as the Australian University Games provide student-athletes with the opportunity to pursue a dual career education and sport pathway, in turn contributing to better retention and completion rates for today’s student-athletes enrolled in tertiary education,” Mr Knapp said.
“The Games activates broader participation at both elite and social levels across our 42 member universities. Participants will experience the highest quality intervarsity competition available in Australia at some of the best sporting facilities in the country.”
City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said the city is proud to be a corporate sponsor of the Australian University Games. An event of this nature ensures Perth, as a capital city, receives regional and international exposure of significance.
“It will not only inject economic benefits to the city through spending and accommodation, but market Perth as a place to study, work, do business and live. With around six thousand competitors and support staff, the Games will support retailers, bars, hospitality, restaurants, cafes and tourism and bring a vibrancy to the Perth over the week-long event,” Ms Scaffidi said.
The University of Western Australia Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Johnson said the five partner universities and wider community were looking forward to welcoming students for a week of serious competition and good fun.
“The Australian University Games provides students with an incredible opportunity to compete against some of the highest calibre athletes in the country, connect with like-minded students and represent their university on the national stage,” Mr Johnson said.
“It’s been six years since the Games have been held in Perth and we are looking forward to welcoming more than 5,600 university athletes from the east coast, central Australia, and Tasmania to our home turf for some serious competition and great fun. Best of luck to every athlete and team.”
The Australian University Games is managed by Australian University Sport (AUS), the governing body of university sport in Australia, and in partnership with all five Western Australian universities and major events agency Tourism Western Australia.