USQ medal haul best ever at national games
UNIVERSITY of Southern Queensland (USQ) student athletes have returned from the Australian University Sport Nationals with a record medal haul.
USQ finished the competition with three gold, one silver and three bronze medals; the most the University has ever won at an Australian University Sport games.
The event provided the opportunity for students from 43 universities from across Australia to compete head to head in 47 different sports.
USQ claimed the gold in lawn bowls and cheerleading while Education student Ireland Lee won gold in shot put and silver in the heptathlon.
USQ elite athlete Amy Parker won bronze in the 5000m steeplechase, Commerce student Jack Backer secured the bronze medal in judo and the USQ dance team finished with a bronze.
Thirty USQ students from Ipswich, Springfield, Toowoomba and Online proudly represented the University at the event at the Gold Coast this week.
The gold medal-winning bowls team included Ipswich resident Jeremy Gunders. He is currently on the Gold Coast competing in the Australian Transplant Games.
Student Transition and Enrichment Coordinator Christopher Watson said USQ provided students with opportunities to participate in competitive and social sports, including access to competitions, facilities and equipment.
"USQ Sport recognises the benefits of sport, recreation and fitness to a healthy university community and to student success," Watson said.
"Sport programs on campus are proven to contribute toward higher levels of student recruitment, retention, completion of study and employability."
For more information, visit www.usq.edu.au/current-students/life/sport