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Patrick Rebakis
Nov 23, 2016

2016 - A Stellar Year for Health Sport and Wellbeing

Nov 23, 2016 by Patrick Rebakis

It has been a notable year for Health Sport and Wellbeing at ACU with a total of 4670 students participating in events, programs and activities offered, representing a 27% increase from 2015. This total representation includes gyms memberships, social sport and fitness class participation, club memberships and participants in 25 community events.

Within the University Sport arena, ACU Finished 13th overall out of 42 universities at the Australian University Games in Perth. This was a huge improvement on 23rd overall in 2015. ACU won four Gold, two Silver and two Bronze medals with the Women’s Water Polo team claiming ACU’s first division 1 pennant in 10 years. 21 students from ACU’s Elite Athlete and Performer Program (EAPP) contributed to the team’s success in Perth.

Ceran Nilsen, ACU’s Elite Athlete and Performer Program Officer said, “It’s a great opportunity for elite athletes to get involved in university life and whilst competing in a national competition, University Games is a rare occasion that students get to enjoy competing alongside their peer elite athletes across a wide variety of Sports.”

As a result of the elite athlete involvement in Perth, ACU blitzed the Green & Gold medal count with 16 ACU students awarded with green and gold honours for their outstanding performance throughout the week, four more than in 2015. The Green and Gold merit teams are selected to acknowledge, recognise and reward outstanding performances at Australian University Sport’s national events. This process selects athletes in a merit Green and Gold team which is indicative of the best on field performances at the relevant event.

Other outstanding performances of 2016 include:

All eyes turned to Rio during the Olympics and Paralympics and we took great pride in cheering on competing ACU Elite Athlete and Performer Program members:

  • We celebrated as North Sydney student Emma Tonegato scored the first try in the Women’s Rugby Sevens grand final and the team then won the game, bringing home the gold medal.
  • We held our breath as Melbourne student Mack Horton won Australia’s first gold of the games in the Men’s 400 metre freestyle
  • We celebrated as Melbourne student Anabelle Smith won bronze in the Women’s 3m Synchronized Springboard event.
  • As we moved from the Olympics to the Paralympics we cheered on Strathfield student Ellie Cole as she won two gold medals, three silver medals and a bronze medal in the pool.

    Ellie Cole's success story continued at the Rio Paralympics

Some other notable highlights include:

  • ACU Brisbane RLFC making the semi-final, a great comeback from collecting the wooden spoon in 2015.
  • Melbourne Cheer Club winning the State Championship.
  • Sydney Cheer Club winning Battle of the Beaches, their first competition in their inaugural year.
  • Fitzroy-ACU Women’s AFL making the Grand Final.
  • Ballarat winning their first Inter-Campus Cup in 13 years.
  • Geoff Fabila, ACU Brisbane RLFC player, winning Top Try Scorer and Player of the Year in the Universities Rugby League QLD (URLQ).

    Ballarat campus showing off their first piece of silverware. 

Team ACU will be looking to build on this year’s exceptional results and continue its sporting achievements into 2017. These successes are a direct result of the hard work of all involved in creating a more professional approach to the events, programs and activities organised. We look forward to an even bigger and better 2017!