More than 9000 student-athletes from across Australia are set to converge on the Gold Coast this weekend for the 2017 Australian University Games.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Games returns to Queensland for the first time since 2015 and will feature 33 sports played across 30 sporting venues.
Australian University Sport CEO Don Knapp said student experience can be greatly enhanced through participation in sporting activities while studying.
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“Events such as the Australian University Games provide student-athletes with the opportunity to pursue a dual career education and sport pathway, in turn contributing to better retention and completion rates for today’s student-athletes enrolled in tertiary education,” Mr Knapp said.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the city was proud to be a corporate sponsor of the Australian University Games, which is the country’s largest multisport event for university students.
“The Gold Coast is a leading events destination, particularly in the sporting realm, so we warmly welcome the 9,000 competitors and support staff with open arms,” he said.
“This event not only brings immediate economic benefit through accommodation and spending, it brings long term benefits by promoting the Gold Coast as an ideal place to study, work, do business and live.”
The games will take place from 24-29 September. See a full schedule of events at www.australianunigames.com.au/