Games a golden op­por­tu­nity for girls

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Look Local -

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.”

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