The 2017 Overall Champion University and 2017 Overall Per Capita University titles have been announced, with University of Technology Sydney winning the Overall title for the second year in a row, and Bond University winning the Per Capita title.
University of Technology Sydney’s outstanding eight gold medal performances at the Australian University Games, coupled with their first placings in the Australian University Triathlon Championships, saw them secure the highest number of gold medal pennants across all of Australian University Sport’s championships for the year.
Bond University was the 2017 Australian University Games Doug Ellis Per Capita Champion. Their high placing results versus their student population across the Australian University Games and standalone Australian University Championships were the driving factor of the university securing the 2017 Overall Per Capita University title.
Australian University Sport CEO Don Knapp commended University of Technology Sydney on securing the Overall Champion University title, and Bond University for securing the Overall Per Capita University title, explaining the importance of recognising elite student-athletes and the professionals that support the dual career education pathway.
“University sport programs play an integral role in ensuring student-athletes are provided the best possible environment for success – in both academics and sport,” Mr Knapp said.
“With the provision of scholarships, access to industry leading training and research facilities and assistance in exams and assignment deadlines, the collective work of Australian University Sport’s member universities ensures student-athletes can pursue sporting excellence while laying the foundation for their long term future through tertiary education.”
University of Technology Sydney Provost and Senior Vice President, Professor Andrew Parfitt, said:
“Being named the Overall Champion for Australian University Sport in 2017, for the second year in a row, is an impressive achievement and I congratulate all the UTS athletes and ActivateUTS team members who were involved. This accomplishment is a testament to our strong sporting culture."
Bond University’s Executive Director of Sport, Garry Nucifora, said he was very proud Bond had reclaimed the overall Per Capita University title for the fifth time.
“Off the back of our continued success at last year’s Australian University Games, this award reinforces Bond University is on track to realising its vision of being Australia’s leading destination for Sports Education,” Mr Nucifora said.
“Size is no obstacle to a university achieving great things in sport and education. At Bond, sport is part of our DNA and we continue to punch well above our weight when it comes to team and individual sporting achievements, and providing a strong pathway for student-athletes who want to achieve in their chosen sport at an elite level and realise their non-sporting career ambitions.
“We welcome and are grateful for this accolade from Australian University Sport, and look forward to another big year taking on the rest of the nation’s top student-athletes and universities at the 2018 Nationals.”
Pictured below: University of Technology Sydney accepts the Overall Champion University trophy at the 2017 Australian University Games on the Gold Coast.