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Footscray ready to host the 2016 Southern University Games

Victoria University and the vibrant City of Maribyrnong are ready to host the 2016 Southern University Games which begin on 3 July and will see more than 1,800 student-athletes converge on the City.

Expected to attract student-athletes from 15 institutions across Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, the 2016 Southern University Games will be held from 3-7 July and will include 18 sports.

The event is expected to generate more than $1.5 million in visitor expenditure and showcase the best of Maribyrnong’s tourism and sporting facilities.

Australian University Sport CEO Don Knapp said Victoria University will host many of the sports being played.

“Victoria University has strong recreational and elite sport programs, with a number of scholarship students as well as state and national representatives in their respective sports,” Mr Knapp explained.

“Australian University Sport is proud to bring the Southern University Games to Footscray in conjunction with Victoria University’s 100th anniversary celebrations.”

“Student experience can be greatly enhanced through participation in sporting activities while studying. This type of engagement in turn contributes to better retention and completion rates for today’s student-athletes enrolled in tertiary education.”

This is the first time Footscray has hosted the Southern University Games.

Victoria University (VU) said it was thrilled that retired Australian netball legend Bianca Chatfield was recently named the Games’ Patron. Bianca is head coach of VU’s Netball Academy for promising young netballers.

“The Games provide more than just the opportunity for students to display their athletic ability. It also allows student-athletes the opportunity to socialise and build friendships,” she said.

VU is now busy preparing to welcome student-athletes from around Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. As one of the country’s leading sport universities, it will offer free access to VU Sport fitness and aquatic facilities, as well as complimentary massage and osteopathy treatments to all competitors.

The Mayor of the City of Maribyrnong, Cr Cameron McDonald, said:

“Maribyrnong City Council is very proud to be the Major Event Partner of the 2016 Southern University Games this July and we welcome each and every one of the 1,800 Games competitors and staff to our great city.”

“Here in the City of Maribyrnong, we absolutely love our sport. This premiere national sporting event is the perfect complement to the City of Maribyrnong, as it showcases the best that this area of Victoria has to offer - both on and off the sports field.”

The Southern University Games is one of four Regional Unigames held simultaneously across Australia, with a range of sports serving as the qualifying competition for the 2016 Australian University Games (25-30 September) in Perth. The event is run by Australian University Sport, alongside Partner University Victoria University and Major Event Partner Maribyrnong City Council.

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