Indigenous student-athletes from 25 Australian universities will gather in Brisbane next week (26 to 30 June) to contest the 2016 Indigenous Unigames.
Hosted by Australian Catholic University (ACU), this year’s Indigenous Unigames will launch on Sunday 26 June, with a Welcome to Country delivered by Turrabul Elder Aunty Maroochy Barambah and traditional Indigenous games.
ACU Brisbane Associate Vice-Chancellor Professor Jim Nyland and ACU First Peoples and Equity Pathways Director Jane Ceolin will join ACU’s Indigenous Higher Education Unit Weemala in welcoming visitors to our Brisbane Campus.
Ms Ceolin said together with Australian University Sport, ACU has planned an amazing Unigames experience that will promote respect, fun and healthy activity.
“These games are an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students to get together and compete in a spirit of friendship, and also to make connections with students from other parts of Australia,” she said.
“ACU has more than 460 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, from undergraduate level to doctoral candidates. University life involves hard work, but it’s also about maximising the university experience and making great friends – the games are a chance for our students to meet Indigenous students from other unis and share their stories.”
Professor Nyland said the Unigames are designed to promote participation, rather than elite sport, with mixed teams playing netball, touch football, basketball and volleyball.
“They’re about friendly competition and promoting health and fitness, but of course I do look forward to our ACU students winning,” he said.
ACU Exercise and Health Science student Cameron Preval said competing last year in Newcastle was a real eye-opener. “It was inspiring to meet other Indigenous students from all the ACU campuses and other universities around Australia,” Cameron said.