USQ hockey player Eden Jackat competing at the Northern University Games. The team won a gold medal.
USQ hockey player Eden Jackat competing at the Northern University Games. The team won a gold medal.

USQ team thrilled with Games medal haul

THE University of Southern Queensland (USQ) team has gallantly returned from the recent 2016 Northern University Games at the Sunshine Coast.

In what has been one of its most successful years, the USQ team brought home two gold and a silver medal.

More than 130 students represented USQ at the five-day event hosted by University of Sunshine Coast earlier this month.

The tournament attracted more than 1500 students from 12 universities across Queensland and Northern NSW.

USQ students from Springfield, Ipswich and Toowoomba took part in this year's event with the team coordinated by USQ Sport's Jared Greenstreet.

"We won two gold, in women's hockey and women's tennis, as well as a silver medal in the open lawn bowls," Greenstreet said.

"It was one of our best years yet, and we just missed out on winning the Doug Ellis Per Capita Trophy to the University of New England."

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

"It has been a really great year - we have had some great results and been very competitive with other universities," Greenstreet said.

"The sportsmanship on display and new friendships formed has been a highlight."

USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas said this year's Games at the Sunshine Coast had been a tremendous success.

"I would like to congratulate our students who competed at the Northern University Games, and hope all participants made the most of the experience," she said.

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

The 2016 Northern University Games was one of three regional Games held simultaneously across Australia, with a range of sports serving as the qualifying competition for the Australian University Games in Perth later this year.

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