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Sunshine Coast to welcome student-athletes for the Northern University Games in July

The largest university sporting event to be held on the Sunshine Coast this year, the 2016 Northern University Games, was launched today at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

Expected to attract more than 2,000 student-athletes from across Queensland and northern New South Wales, the 2016 Northern University Games (NUG) will be held from 3-7 July and will include 16 sports.

Australian University Sport CEO Don Knapp is pleased to see the event return to the Sunshine Coast.

“Regional university sporting events provide student-athletes with the opportunity to pursue a dual education and sport pathway, which results in both tertiary qualifications and sport participation at all levels of sport across Australia,” Mr Knapp said.

“Sport programs on campus are proven to contribute toward higher levels of student recruitment, retention, completion of study and employability.”

“The University of the Sunshine Coast has a very strong sport program with a number of scholarship students as well as state and national representatives in their respective sports.”

The University of the Sunshine Coast last hosted the Northern University Games in 2014.

University of the Sunshine Coast Vice Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said hosting the Northern University Games would provide USC students with some fantastic opportunities to participate as athletes, officials or volunteers.

“It will give USC the chance to showcase its world class sports facilities in a way that provides for some great sporting and social outcomes for all involved,” Vice Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said.

“There are also career benefits, as participating in events such as these has been found to develop attributes that improve graduate employability.”

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the return of the Northern University Games added to an incredible year of major events on the Sunshine Coast.

“In 2016 the Sunshine Coast will host 60 major sporting, music and lifestyle events that are estimated to contribute about $100 million to our region’s economy – almost double last year’s figures,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“We’re very excited to have the Northern University Games on our fantastic schedule of events and we look forward to welcoming officials and students from across Queensland and Northern New South Wales and showing them a great time before, during and after the Games in July.”

“I’d also encourage the Sunshine Coast community to get involved with this great event as volunteers or just supporting the athletes at various events as spectators.”

The 2016 Northern University Games is one of four regional Games held simultaneously across Australia, with a range of sports serving as the qualifying competition for the 2016 Australian University Games (25-30 September) in Perth.

The Northern University Games is managed by Australian University Sport (AUS), the governing body of university sport in Australia, and hosted by the University of the Sunshine Coast in partnership with Visit Sunshine Coast and the Sunshine Coast Council.

The Games relies on the participation of the local community to make up the strong volunteer contingent that assists organisers to run the Games. Event organisers encourage any students looking for valuable work placements, or any members of the Sunshine Coast community who want to be involved, to visit http://www.northernunigames.com.au/volunteer for details.

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