Victoria University has been named host-university of the 2016 Australian Southern University Games, highlighting its role as a leading Australian sport university.
VU will partner with Maribyrnong City Council to welcome about 2000 student athletes and officials from across Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania as they take part in 14 sporting contests from 3-7 July 2016.
This is the first time VU has hosted the event, which will include up to 300 VU student athletes and dozens more officials and volunteers.
The games will feature traditional sports such as basketball, tennis, hockey, netball and volleyball at VU and community facilities, as well as more alternative activities, such as ultimate Frisbee.
VU Sport Services Manager Scott Cashmere said the friendly but competitive games will see about a dozen universities from southern Australia battling for medals and pennants in each sport, as well as for one of three peak team awards: Overall Games Champion, Per-Capita Games Champion, and Spirit of the South Shield.
“Staging the games on local turf will provide a great opportunity for members of the university and local community to witness some great competition and atmosphere that comes with such an event,” he said.
Australian University Sport CEO Don Knapp said he is pleased to see the Games return to Melbourne for the first time since 2009.
“Melbourne’s geographic accessibility and large student population will enable participating universities from Melbourne, regional Victoria and interstate to send larger teams and encourage more tertiary students to participate in sport," Mr Knapp said.
The 2016 Games will coincide with Victoria University’s centenary year, which marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of VU’s predecessor, Footscray Technical School in 1916.
Hosting the Games also links to the Footscray University Town project, a 10-year partnership between Maribyrnong City Council and VU to establish Footscray as the first university town in an Australian capital city through an ongoing program of activities that showcase Footscray’s diversity, vibrancy, and creativity.