Intervarsity sport celebrated at 2017 Australian University Games Awards

Team La Trobe formally concluded the 2017 intervarsity sporting calendar in front of Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Keith Nugent, at the Australian University Games (AUGs) Awards Presentations last week.

Students accepted awards for their sporting achievements and contribution to team management in front of over 50 people at the Eagle Bar.

Owen Odigie, Men’s Basketball, took out the Male Player of the Games, while Teleah Hayes, Athletics, was presented as Female Player of the Games.   Team of the Games was awarded to Men’s Basketball who finished fourth overall after qualifying for the AUGs for the first time in eight years.

The Underdog Award went to the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, who surpassed expectations by finishing fifth overall in a field stacked with talent.  Rowing were presented with the Team Spirit Award for their dedication to supporting a number of teams on the Gold Coast.

Team Manager of the Games honours were split between Lucy Laussen (rowing) and Andrew Burgess (basketball) for their outstanding work supporting their teams in the lead-up to and throughout the games.

A number of La Trobe athletes were also recognised for outstanding individual performances at the Games by receiving Green and Gold selection:

  • Teleah Hayes (Athletics)
  • Owen Odigie (Basketball)
  • Tom Anderson (Basketball)
  • Dillon Jakupi (Soccer)
  • James Brown (Soccer)
  • Darcy Pawlik (Soccer)
  • Deanna Fruscalzo (Futsal)
  • Tyler Hawkins (Squash)
  • Vincent Lau (Taekwondo)

Director of La Trobe Sport, Professor Russell Hoye, described this year’s efforts as a ‘fantastic result for the university’.

“They put us in good stead with the revamp of the Australian University Sport to be that of a more University Championship model next year,” Professor Hoye said.

Under the new two-tiered system, more than half of La Trobe’s University Games teams will be eligible to contend for division one titles in 2018, while other sports will participate in division two competitions.

The event also acknowledged all students who represented La Trobe in intervarsity sport competitions throughout 2017, including Snow University Games and Southern University Games.

Our small but talented snow team returned from cold conditions in Thredbo with four medals.  Elite Athlete, Kat Paul, claimed the overall Women’s Cross Country Champion Award.

In July, Team La Trobe’s 170 Southern University Games staff, students and coaches were named the Spirit of The South for their exemplary sportsmanship and spirit.  Women’s volleyball and netball both claimed gold in their respective sports.

Well done to all students who represented the University in Australian University Sport competitions this year.  From the track to the mountain, all students have done La Trobe proud.

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