La Trobe wins Southern University Games

La Trobe University student athletes have won the John Campbell Overall University Champion Trophy.

Southern University Games winners

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 Southern University Games, held over four days in Ballarat.

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.

La Trobe topped the gold medal tally, with 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.

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.

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 former AFL coach Mick Malthouse, is helping strengthen the University's position as a high-quality provider of sports-related study.

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