More than 2,000 student-athletes will visit the Sunshine Coast next week for the 2016 Northern University Games, hosted by University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).
Held from 3 – 7 July, the 2016 Northern University Games is one of four Regional Unigames held simultaneously across Australia, where student-athletes compete in 16 sports that serve as the qualifying competition for the 2016 Australian University Games (25-30 September) in Perth.
Australian University Sport CEO Don Knapp explained how important the Regional University Games events are in the annual calendar for student-athletes.
“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.
“Student experience can be greatly enhanced through participation in sporting activities while studying. This type of engagement in turn contributes to better retention and completion rates for today’s student-athletes enrolled in tertiary education.”
The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) last hosted the NUG in 2014 and Vice Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said the University is proud to once again hold the competition.
“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 Hill added.
“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 completes an incredible year of major events held 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.”
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.