La Trobe Elite Athlete Program members ready to shine on world stage

Four La Trobe University students are gearing up to represent Australia at the 2019 FISU Summer Universiade beginning in Italy this week.

Brendon Smith (Swimming), Kyah English (Taekwondo), Matthew Clarke (Athletics and Anna Kelly (Athletics) will all don the green and gold and represent the Australian UniRoos from July 3–14.

The Summer Universiade – also known as the World University Games – is second only to the Summer Olympic Games for total number of participants.

More than 5,900 student-athletes from 112 nations will compete in Naples at the Universiade over the coming fortnight.

All four La Trobe students are members of the La Trobe Elite Athlete Program (LEAP); a program designed to provide student athletes assistance and support to successfully combine their academic and sporting pursuits.

Brendon Smith will be the first of the quartet in action, racing in the 200m breaststroke on July 7, as well as the 800m freestyle (July 8) and the 400m Men’s Individual Medley (July 10). Matthew Clarke will begin his Summer Universiade campaign in the 3000m steeplechase heats on July 9, while Kyah English will fight in the female +49kg-53kg division on July 12. Anna Kelly will be the last of the four to appear in the Games, competing in the Women’s Half Marathon on July 13.

Keep up-to-date with the progress of all four La Trobe athletes by following La Trobe Sport on our social media channels - Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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