Murdoch University will enter its biggest team ever in this year’s Australian University Games, with 286 athletes taking part.
Each year the Games are held in a different state in Australia, and this year they will be held in Perth from September 26 to October 1.
Murdoch’s Sport and Recreation Centre Manager Adrian Fisher, said staff and students should make the most of the event being in Perth.
“The Uni Games only come to Perth every six or eight years, so I’d strongly encourage staff and students to support the Murdoch University teams by attending some of the games,” Mr Fisher said.
Murdoch has teams participating in 24 different sports. Adrian said: “Our strengths lie in kendo, tennis, soccer, rugby, basketball, lawn bowls and cycling.”
Last year Murdoch came fourteenth overall, the best result the University has ever had.
“We were really pleased with our result last year, but this year the Vice Chancellor has challenged the team to finish in the top ten – so I’m hoping we’ll do even better this time,” he said.
For the first time Murdoch’s team will involve an international student brought over from Singapore.
“After a successful sport tour of Singapore earlier this year we decided to bring out a Murdoch student based at our international study centre, the SMa Institute of Higher Learning,” Mr Fisher said.
“Suresh Ponnusamy will travel to Perth to represent Murdoch in the Rugby 7's team just as he did when the team toured Singapore.”