A team of student-athletes from the University of Newcastle won the 2017 Indigenous Unigames held last week at Deakin University.
After four days of close competition against 34 other teams from across Australia, University of Newcastle finished as overall champions, winning by just four points.
The Indigenous Unigames is an annual multisport event, with athletes competing in basketball, netball, touch football and volleyball.
Established in 1996 by thirteen students enrolled in a Diploma of Aboriginal Studies at University of Newcastle, the National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games (NITESG) has grown from just 34 to 450 student competitors over 22 years.
Managed by Australian University Sport, Chief Executive Officer Don Knapp said he was excited to see such strong regional representation and success at the Unigames.
“Regional university sporting events provide student-athletes with the opportunity to pursue a dual education and sport pathway, which results in both tertiary qualifications and sport participation at all levels across Australia,” Mr Knapp said.
The official boomerang was handed over to Macquarie University who will host the event in 2018.