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Geelong ready to host 2017 Southern Unigames

Deakin University and the vibrant City of Greater Geelong are ready to host the 2017 Southern University Games which begin on 2 July and will see more than 1,500 student-athletes converge on the City.

Expected to attract student-athletes from 15 institutions across Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, the 2017 Southern University Games will be held from 2-6 July and will include 20 sports.

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

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

“Deakin 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 back to Geelong.”

Regional university sporting events provide student-athletes with the opportunity to pursue a dual education and sport pathway, with campus sporting programs proven to contribute toward higher levels of student recruitment, retention, completion and graduate employability.” Mr Knapp added.

The last time Southern University Games was held in Geelong was 2011.

Deakin University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander AO said:

“Deakin University is very proud to be a partner university of the Southern University Games. We are passionate about sport because we know the important role sport plays in education and ensuring our lives are balanced and healthy. Sport is a universal language that engages people and bring them together in a way few other activities do.”

“We are very proud of our global recognition for our courses and research and just as proud of our cutting edge facilities here on the Waurn Ponds campus. They offer everything an athlete needs to enhance their skills, all in the one space. We are looking forward to seeing it come alive at the Games and to witnessing the spirited competition of the Games, seeing and meeting some of the best athletes in Australia.”

Deakin University is now busy preparing to welcome student-athletes from around Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

The Administrator Chair Dr Kathy Alexander of the City of Greater Geelong has said:

“The City of Greater Geelong is proud to be the major event partner of the 2017 Southern University Games and we welcome each and every one of the 1,500 Games competitors and staff to our great city.

Geelong is the perfect place to host this event, which will bring thousands of competitor, coaching staff and volunteers to our great city.

These Games will bring economic benefit to our region and will put a spotlight on our wonderful city and region, not to mention our own sporting prowess. The event also provides an opportunity for university students to get together and compete in a spirit of friendship, make connections with students from other parts of Australia, and experience the great things the city and region has to offer.”

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 2017 Australian University Games (24-29 September) in Gold Coast. The event is run by Australian University Sport, alongside Partner University Deakin University and Major Event Partner City of Greater Geelong Council.

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