USQ captains Kate Lack (left) and Kaylah Pearce will lead the team at the Northern Uni Games next week.
USQ captains Kate Lack (left) and Kaylah Pearce will lead the team at the Northern Uni Games next week. Grace Yu

USQ students to showcase skills at Uni Games

UNIVERSITY of Southern Queensland students Kate Lack and Kaylah Pearce will captain the USQ team at next week's Northern Uni Games at the Sunshine Coast.

More than 130 USQ students will proudly don the gold phoenix-emblazoned uniform as they represent the University at the event from July 3-7.

For fourth-year Surveying student Lack, this year's Uni Games is bitter sweet. It marks the final year of her Bachelor degree which also means the final year of being eligible to compete at the Games.

"I have represented USQ every year since I have been a student at USQ. This year I am also hoping to compete at the Australian Uni Games in Perth," Lack said.

"I am honoured to be captaining the team. My role will be to help the first-year students especially and make sure everyone is involved and having a good time."

Lack has played basketball in previous Games, but will swap to women's touch and netball in 2016.

More than 1500 students will converge on the University of Sunshine Coast grounds and nearby facilities for the competition.

USQ will field teams in basketball, beach volleyball, futsal, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, tennis, tenpin bowling, touch, league of legends and volleyball.

Co-captain and second- year engineering student Kaylah Pearce will play in USQ's mixed touch team.

"Uni Games is a good way to meet other students interested in sport and it is a great outlet away from study," Pearce said.

Other USQ Springfield and Ipswich students keen to participate in the Northern Uni Games include hockey player Eden Jackat, basketballer Adam Stojkovic, futsal duo Lucas Jose and Andrew Kolesnik, and lawn bowler Jeremy Gunders.

USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas wished the students all the best in their sporting endeavours representing the University.

"We are very hopeful that our student athletes will make the most of the opportunities that come from their involvement in the University Games," Professor Thomas said.

"The Games promote the importance of a healthy balance of education and exercise, as well as encourage teamwork, sportsmanship and building leadership skills."

USQ Student Enrichment Officer (Sports and Recreation) and team manager Jared Greenstreet said USQ was proud to be competing.

"Sending a team to compete in the Games is a large undertaking," he said.

"Preparations for the Games began as early as last year when we started designing the uniforms our students would wear.

"This year we have 90 athletes representing USQ for the first time."

Greenstreet heads USQ Sport, the University's framework for supporting student participation in sport, health and fitness activities.

It provides students with opportunities to participate in competitive and social sports, including access to competitions, facilities and equipment as well as providing support for elite athletes.

"USQ Sport recognises the benefits of sport, recreation and fitness to a healthy university community and to student success," Greenstreet said.

"It demonstrates the University's commitment to sport and the role it plays in a balanced educational environment.

For more information, visit current-students/life/sport.

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