Victoria University brought home six gold medals and three bronze at the 2011 Southern University Games held last week in Geelong.
The Games attracted close to 1000 university and TAFE students from Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania competing in 15 events, including 202 from VU.
The strength of VU's women's Australian Rules football team was demonstrated by their 77-0 annihilation of RMIT. The University's women's soccer, women's volleyball and men's basketball teams also won gold.
Other VU gold-medal winners were:
- The VU Vipers, the University's cheerleading squad, in the cheerleading open event;
- Bachelor of Exercise Science (Human Movement) student Liam Adams, the country's top male university athlete in 2010, for cross-country running.
VU teams earned bronze medals in men's Australian Rules football, women's basketball and women's hockey.
The University is now well placed to compete at the 2011 Australian University Games on the Gold Coast in September.
Some of VU's most talented athletes are also preparing to compete at major international events, including three students so far confirmed for the World University Games in China at the end of August. The VU students who have been named in the Australian university team are David Powell (table tennis); Rachel Fassioms (taekwondo); and Stephanie Cummings (basketball).
Ann Marie Angebrandt, Media Officer,
Marketing & Communications Department, VictoriaUniversity
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