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17 bound for World University Games

by Nicole Safi | August 18, 2017
17 bound for World University Games

The University of Sydney will be well-represented at the 29th Summer Universiade (also known as the World University Games) being held in Taipei, Taiwan from August 19-30, with a total of 17 students or club-affiliated athletes a part of the 2017 Australian Uniroos team. 

The University of Sydney will be represented in six of the 16 sports Australia is set to compete in. 

Sydney University Athletics Club (SUAC) will be most heavily represented with a number of recent IAAF World Championships representatives set to compete. 

Elite Athlete Program member and Olympian, Michelle Jenneke (100m hurdles) will feature, alongside fellow hurdler and Elite Athlete Program alumnus Nicholas Hough (110m hurdles) and current Elite Athlete Program members Nicola McDermott (high jump) and Rohan Browning (100m, 200m, 4x100m relay).

Angus Armstrong (pole vault) and Jess Stafford (4x400m relay) will compete, as well as Elite Athlete Program alumnus Jin Su Jung (100m) who placed seventh in the final of the men's 100m at the 2015 Gwangju Universiade in Korea. Paige Campbell (3000m steeplechase) will also represent the national team, as will Elizabeth Clay (100m hurdles).

Alex Wilson, who won the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) Championship with Brydens Sydney Uni Flames in March this year, will join the Emerging Opals Team for her first World University Games. She currently studies at NSW TAFE.

Craig Moller (Deakin University), Sydney University Basketball Club alumnus, will represent Australia in the Emerging Boomers side, and students of Sydney University, Savannah Henshaw and Ashley Colaco will join the Australian Uniroos Women's Water Polo team. 

Other athletes include current Elite Athlete Program member Sarah Tan and and Elite Athlete Program alumnus Kane Townsend who will compete in table tennis, rhythmic gymnast and Elite Athlete Program alumna, Enid Sung, and Sydney University student Phillip Liao who will don the green and gold in weightlifting. 

With more than 180 Australian student athletes due to compete from university's across the country, this year's national team is the largest Australia has ever sent to the games. 

The Summer Universiade is the world's second largest international athletic event and is held every two years. 

Full event schedule here

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