La Trobe student athletes take on the world stage

Two of La Trobe’s Elite Athletes are back in the country after representing Australia at last month’s World Uni Games (WUG) in Taipei.

Joshua Quinn, weight lighting, and Eric Vuong, badminton, were a part of the 186 student-athlete team to wear the green & gold during the two week event.

Quinn, who is studying a Bachelor of Applied Science, competed in the Men’s 105kg weight class where he finished fifteenth overall.

Vuong, a Bachelor of Health Science student, represented Australia in three badminton events finishing tenth, eleventh and 36th respectively.

Both Quinn and Vuong say they wouldn’t have been able to compete without the help of the La Trobe Elite Athlete Program (LEAP).

“The program has been of great assistance in helping to organise alternative assessments dates throughout the year,” Quinn said.

Vuong echoed his teammate’s sentiments and says the assistance LEAP provides can’t be understated.

“They’ve been so helpful; from allowing me to use the gym facilities at uni to organising my study workload around my Badminton commitments,” Vuong said.

This year’s event was Vuong’s second time competing at the WUG’s and while it was Quinn’s first, he describes it as a “very enjoyable experience”.

“I trained pretty hard in the lead up to the event. It was anywhere between six-to-eight training sessions a week. I didn’t compete until the seventh day in Taipei so I had to train right up until I competed.”

“Due to some repeated injuries I have not been able to compete at an international level in about six years so it was great to get back to that level of competition,” Quinn said.

Both are now back in the country and will continue to balance their sporting and study commitments and they urge other student athletes who aren’t already members to join the program.

“The team really go out of their way to make things easier for you and they understand the juggling commitments student athletes have,” Vuong said.

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