In July 2016, the Sunshine Coast will play host to approximately 1,500 university and TAFE students from Queensland and northern New South Wales, as they take part in up to 20 different sports over four days of competition.
This is the fourth time that the Sunshine Coast will host a university Games event. The first occasion was back in 2006 and then more recently in 2009 and 2014.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said the region is looking forward to again hosting the Games.
The Games have proven to benefit the local economy of previous host cities through increased tourism dollars, in particular for accommodation providers, restaurants and cafes and local transport operators.
Each year, the Northern University Games is held in a different city in Queensland or northern New South Wales, having recently taken place in Brisbane, Lismore, Armidale and Toowoomba.
Unigames is an event that is often dubbed the ‘best week’ of a students life, combining the perfect mix of athleticism, sportsmanship and the opportunity to socialise and meet like minded students from other universities.
Sports on offer are expected to include baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, football, futsal, handball, golf – singles, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, squash – singles, the Australian University Championship surfing, tennis – singles, tenpin bowling, touch, ultimate, and volleyball.
The Northern Univesity Games will be run concurrently with the Eastern University Games (Wollongong, NSW) and the Southern University Games (Footscray, VIC). The three Games are lead in events to the Australian University Games, to be held in Perth from 25 - 30 September 2016.