Luke prepares to raise his game for university games
UNIVERSITY of Southern Queensland (USQ) Springfield student Luke Diezmann knows he needs to raise his game if he wants to make an impact in his first crack at the Northern University Games.
Up to 2000 university students from Queensland and Northern New South Wales will descend upon USQ Toowoomba next month for the week-long competition.
While the Northern University Games are renowned for the social aspect of the event, Mr Diezmann, who has put his hand up to play touch football, said many elite and dedicated athletes would be competing.
"Originally I thought it would be a laid back and easy competition, but as I talked to some people who have previously attended I now see it as a greater challenge," the Applied Media student from Spring Hill said.
"I still believe it should be great fun but I think I may have to push my limits in these games."
The Northern University Games has grown in leaps and bounds since it started in 2009.
This year there are 15 sports on offer including football, basketball, ultimate frisbee, volleyball and tennis.
USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas said the Northern University Games was a great time in a student's life, combining the blend of athleticism, sportsmanship and the chance to meet like-minded students from other universities.
"The university is proud to be hosting the games and provides a fantastic opportunity for students to display their athletic ability in a friendly environment," Professor Thomas said.
Mr Diezmann felt the event was a great way to blow off steam and get the competitive juices flowing.
"I expect to gain a lot of experience over the course of the Games, and make a few friends along the way," he said.
"I enjoy sport most when I have to push myself and my team to the utter limit just to break even."
Coming from a rugby and cricket background, Mr Diezmann has honed his skills competing for USQ Suns in the local touch football competition.
With the new season approaching, he hoped to learn more about good leadership in a bid to improve as a player and captain.
"I joined touch football mostly for fitness and because I enjoy team sports," Mr Diezmann said.
"I believe you can make better connections through these shared interest clubs.
"It also helps me when assignments and exams start piling up."
Students have the chance to join USQ Suns for the new season of touch football at Springfield, which starts on July 15.
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