La Trobe wins Southern University Games

Posted on July 12, 2013

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Three times champions in the last four years: this year's winning Southern University Games team

Three times champions in the last four years: medallists and other members of this year’s winning Southern University Games team

La Trobe University has won this year’s Southern University Games, topping the gold medal tally to take out the John Campbell Overall University Champion Trophy.

Sport Manager John Dumaresq said the University is on a winning streak, with its third Southern Games victory in the last four years. La Trobe also won the 2010 and 2011 championships.

 Winner's trophy: from left, team manager Rebecca Ogilvie, with team captains Geoff Holland, a Bachelor of Physical and Outdoor Education at the Bendigo campus and winner of a La Trobe Regional Sports Scholarship, and Larissa Payne whip a Bachelor Sports Management student.


Winner’s trophy: from left, team manager Rebecca Ogilvie, with team captains Geoff Holland, a Bachelor of Physical and Outdoor Education at the Bendigo campus and winner of a La Trobe Regional Sports Scholarship, and Larissa Payne whip a Bachelor Sports Management student.

The La Trobe contingent of about 300 student athletes came from the University’s Melbourne and regional campuses. Eighteen universities and 1,800 competitors took part in the Games, held over four days in Ballarat.

La Trobe took out six gold medals, three silver and eight bronze. Runners up were RMIT and the University of Melbourne.

All La Trobe teams except men’s basketball qualified for the Australian University Games to be held on the Gold Coast in September and October.

Sport: a strong feature of  campus life

Gold medals were won in cross-county, women’s tennis, men’s football (soccer), open lawn bowls, women’s basketball and mixed touch football. Silver went to the men’s tennis, women’s volleyball and the cheer leading team.

Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Rosenberg, said it as a wonderful outcome. ‘I heartily congratulate all our student athletes, and others who helped, on their achievements.’

Professor Rosenberg said sport was an important feature of life at La Trobe. The University enhanced its education offerings with a wide range of exciting sport and recreational opportunities, both on and off campus.

No Games without cheer leaders: members of the the silver medal teram in action

No Games without cheer leaders: members of the the silver medal team in action

There was also a strong emphasis on sports education, research and related activities. One of the University’s five new Research Focus Areas is Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation.

La Trobe’s Centre for Sport and Social Impact deals with studies in sport management, policy and society, and the University runs an innovative Bachelor of Sport Journalism program.

The Melbourne campus is also home to the Melbourne Heart soccer team, while La Trobe Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow, AFL coach Mick Malthouse, is helping strengthen the University’s position as a high-quality provider of sports-related study.

Full Games results and other details:

La Trobe’s Southern Games Facebook page

The 2013 Southern University Games web page