The University of Canberra took 55 students away to Brisbane over September 21-27 to compete in Nationals Division 1 and experienced mixed results across all competitions.
UC had students compete in athletics, rugby 7s, hockey, handball, netball, kendo, swimming and beach volleyball, all chasing a gold medal and the chance to remain eligible for Division 1 competitions.
However, with a string of injuries ranging from a torn meniscus to an ankle sprain that impacted on the overall capacity of some teams, UC faced challenging competition.
Men’s rugby 7s had a competitive start to the day winning the first two games, but unfortunately struggled through the final two matches which meant finishing up in sixth place.
Women’s netball showed great determination each day but was ultimately defeated by tough competition.
Handball struggled with injuries which hurt their chances of success and resulted in the team finishing in 8th place.
Men’s beach volleyball won a bronze medal in the Division 2 category, a great effort for two players who have little experience with beach.
The athletics competitors had strong runs and placed 10th and 20th in their races.
Our swimmer experienced a great achievement by swimming at a personal best.
Women’s hockey played a great competition but, due to a confusion, were denied the bronze medal on a technicality after winning an intense shootout. The team were gracious and demonstrated a positive attitude despite the difficult situation.
Overall, the UC representatives competed well and showed great sportsmanship despite setbacks and challenging opponents.