Team ACU Go for Gold Coast
Sep 22, 2017 by Patrick Rebakis
Over 210 students from various ACU campuses will be travelling to the Gold Coast to compete in Australian University Games (AUG). With competition kicking off from 24-29 September, ACU is sending its most competitive teams to compete in 17 different sports. Team ACU will be looking to rival last year’s successes in Perth where we placed 13th out of 42 Universities in Australia.
Leading the squad throughout the week will be Team Captains Troy Simkin from Brisbane and Emma Mackenzie from Melbourne. Troy is a member of the Elite Athlete and Performer Program (EAPP) studying Exercise and Sports Science, while Emma is in her fifth and final year of a Bachelor Commerce/Laws. Emma said: “Our teams we are taking to AUGs this year are definitely the highest quality yet and I’m excited to see our students make some lifelong friends whilst coming home with some medals. Go ACU!”
Joining the team are about 30 EAPP members who compete at a state or national level of competition. Ceran Nilsen, ACU’s EAPP Officer said: “It’s a great opportunity for these athletes to feel involved in the ACU sport community and to gain a valuable university experience which will stay with them for life. Being elite athletes, this week will also provide a chance for them to develop leadership skills by supporting other members of the ACU team. It’s a great setting for other students to see the athletes in their normal sporting environment for a change!”
One notable member of the EAPP who will be attending the Games is Brooke McClean who has recently returned from the World University Games in Taipei. Brooke’s Australian Uniroos Water Polo squad finished 6th in the tournament and she will provide great leadership experience in the pool. The ACU Women’s Water Polo team will look to continue their dominance after claiming the Division 1 pennant in Perth last year and maintain their undefeated record for three consecutive years.
Driving ACU’s aspirational and professional team culture will be some experienced coaches who will bring a wealth of knowledge throughout the week and help pave the way to success. Joining the team as coaches are Fergus Bennie, who heads up Sydney University water polo team and National Premier League Gold Coast United FC Operations Manager, Rick Coghlan, who will lead the Men’s and Women’s soccer teams.
We wish all of ACU’s student-athletes all the best at Australian University Games and we will all be cheering for them as they take the field! Stay tuned to ACU Health, Sport and Wellbeing’s social media channels for the latest results, photos and updates: