Games a golden opportunity for girls
CURTIN University student Jess Zimmerman has been selected in a preliminary squad of 14 players for the Australian women’s World University Games water polo team.
The team is due to compete in the 28th FISU Summer Universi- ade from July 3 to 14 in Gwangju, South Korea.
The World University Games is the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games, with 20,000 participants from 170 countries.
The Summer Universiade is one event where success has evaded the Australian women.
This team will be hoping to better their best result of fifth place in previous competitions.
Head coach Eddie Denis said the event would provide the team a good opportunity to increase their international experience.
“We only made a decision to participate in the World University Games late last year, and the schedule has worked out that we can take players to this event and the junior world championships a month later,” Denis said.
“It’s a chance for the team to go through a tournament together at a multi-sport event similar to the Olympic Games, and will make the team a stronger playing unit.
“I don’t feel any pressure on us to perform, we have a tough team with some experienced players.”