Team La Trobe had a brilliant week on the Gold Coast at Uni Nationals Div 1, with over 80 students representing the University throughout the week. The competition saw Team La Trobe take home 27 medals, with teams such as Athletics and Taekwondo producing exceptional performances.
Taekwondo collected 15 individual medals across their two-day Div 1 campaign, and the Athletics team, led by elite athletes, managed 8 medals across the week. Our swimmers also had a great week, with elite athletes Jess Adams and Theo Benehoutsos winning four medals in the pool.
2018 was the first year of the new UniSport Australia model, which saw the competition separated into two national events. This attracted high calibre athletes, with a total of 13 Elite Athlete Program members representing La Trobe throughout the year.
Div 1 Nationals was the finale of what has been a brilliant year for La Trobe in University sport, with another 65 students representing the University at Div 2, Snow and 3x3 Basketball Nationals earlier in the year.
Team La Trobe won another 3 medals at Div 2 on the Gold Coast in July; with our women’s Tennis team taking out the Div 2 championship. Our Snow athletes also brought home 4 medals in what was a very competitive event at Mt Buller in August.
Team La Trobe recently acknowledged their impressive University sport season with the annual awards ceremony in front of over 50 people at the Eagle Bar. Pro Vice-Chancellor, Student Success, Jessica Vanderlelie presented awards to students acknowledged for their individual and team successes over the course of 2018.
Athletics were awarded Team of the Year for their standout performance over their Div 1 campaign. Taekwondo received the Underdog Award for their whopping 15 medals, and Table Tennis were presented with the Spirit of La Trobe Award; truly demonstrating what it means to be part of Team La Trobe.
Individual athletes were also acknowledged for their high quality performances with the Player of the Year Awards, as well as recognising the work of our student Team Managers.
La Trobe Team Captain Tony Truong reflects on what it means to be a part of such a positive team culture;
“Being a part of Team La Trobe gives us an extra edge – we support each other on and off the field and have created an amazing team vibe. It has been a pleasure to lead this team throughout Uni Nationals.”
Team La Trobe’s efforts in the first year of the new Uni Nationals format proved to be a success, with La Trobe looking towards 2019 as a year to build on these great results.