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Patrick Rebakis
Jun 7, 2018

ACU Sport Launches in High Spirits

Jun 7, 2018 by Patrick Rebakis

Thursday 31st May saw students, athletes, staff, and state and national sporting representatives gather in North Sydney for the ‘Spirit of ACU Sport’ event.  The launch of the new ACU Sport sub-brand conjoined with celebrating the success of ACU student-athletes who recently competed at the Commonwealth Games and the presentation of UniSport Australia awards. 

Alongside the seven Commonwealth Games athletes in attendance were the Chancellor, the Hon John Fahey AC, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning and Teaching) Professor Anne Cummins, Associate Vice-Chancellor (NSW/ACT) Professor Marea Nicholson and UniSport Australia CEO Don Knapp. The launch of the ACU Sport brand was also a chance to showcase the University’s new colours with apparel provider OnTheGo Group’s freshly designed uniforms.  

ACU Sport’s distinctive new logo and uniforms reflect ACU’s call to achieve impact through empathy, bringing about transformational change in the world. The launch was also a platform to reinforce ACU’s commitment to sport as a vital ingredient in developing the overall physical and mental health and wellbeing of its students.

“Sport’s impact can be measured by more than just medals and trophies,” said ACU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning and Teaching) Professor Anne Cummins.

“We are committed to providing students with sport, health and wellbeing experiences that satisfy their needs and build healthy communities at university and beyond”.

The Hon John Fahey AC presented athletes with certificates for their significant contribution to ACU and Australian sport. Don Knapp presented the 2017 UniSport Australia awards to Male Athlete of the Year, Kyle Cranston, for winning gold in the Decathlon at World University Games in Taipei and Courtney Hagen for Most Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Indigenous Athlete.

As a result of Kyle’s stellar performance at World University Games, he qualified and recently competed at the Commonwealth Games finishing fifth. Courtney represented ACU at the regional and national level in basketball, but proved her athletic ability when she played a pivotal role as captain of the Queensland Indigenous Women’s Cricket team, emerging as a strong role model to young Indigenous women.

Among the guests were Commonwealth Games medallists Alexandra Hulley (hammer throw), Georgia-Rose Brown (artistic gymnastics) and rugby sevens duo Emma Tonegato and Demi Hayes.

“University is an opportunity to escape, have a break from rugby and keep my brain stimulated,” Bachelor of Occupational Therapy student Emma Tonegato said.