Medallists show our sport power

Steph Wighton
Stephanie Wighton won gold for Flinders in women’s squash.

Flinders University finished with gold, silver and bronze at this year’s Southern University Games, hoping to build on this success at the national university games in September.

Flinders ONE sports officer Tyson Williams said it was the University’s largest ever participation in the Games, with 119 athletes and 15 teams in 12 sports, and the best overall performance on record.

Accomplished racquet player Stephanie Wighton won gold in the women’s squash final, the women netballers won silver and Brooke Hines took out the bronze medal in the women’s Cross Country event.

The Mixed Beach Fours and Ten Pin Bowling teams won bronze medals, putting Flinders in eighth place in the overall pennant tally (previous best was tenth) and sixth overall in the per capita (based on medals per number of students).

“The Flinders University team will hopefully be able to build on these results and make the Australian University Games in September, on the Gold Coast, our most successful Games ever,” Tyson says.

Already the Flinders women’s netball and ten pin bowling teams have qualified, along with women’s volleyball and lawn bowls.

“Only six of the 36 sports at the Australian Games require qualification, so being qualified for four of them is a big success for Flinders,” he says.

“This allows us to field a larger and more competitive University team this year.”

Also this month, Flinders was represented at the 2015 World Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea by students Tommy Auger and Tassya Stevens (taekwondo) and Jonathon Schubert (table tennis).

You can follow the build-up and live updates from the national events in September at https://www.facebook.com/FUUniGames

There are still numerous spots in teams available, so if you would like to be involved please contact your University Sports Officer tyson.williams@flinders.edu.au

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