Sports bonanza in WA

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

MORE than 6000 stu­dents will pour into Perth next month as WA plays host to the 2016 Univer­sity Games from Septem­ber 25-30.

Ath­letes rep­re­sent­ing 42 Aus­tralian uni­ver­si­ties will com­pete in 34 sports over six days, from tra­di­tional ath­let­ics, swim­ming, bas­ket­ball and hockey to the more un­usual cheer and dance, ten­pin bowl­ing and ul­ti­mate fris­bee.

All five of WA's uni­ver­si­ties will field teams in the com­pe­ti­tion, which will re­turn to WA for the first time since 2010.

Univer­sity Games gen­eral man­ager Tony Jermyn said it was great to be back in Perth.

“This is my favourite place to run the Univer­sity Games and no city in Aus­tralia can of­fer the same qual­ity of sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties,” he said.

“Many peo­ple won't re­alise that in the Lon­don Olympics, 40 per cent of the Aus­tralian team was made up of univer­sity stu­dents, who won 60 per cent of the medals.

“In Rio that num­ber is up to 56 per cent.”

With venues spread through­out the metropoli­tan area, Tourism WA act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Gwyn Dol­phin said events such as this were im­por­tant for WA tourism.

Me­gan Hume from UWA, Brandon Gibbs (Curtin), Kamogelo Wa­mono with ECU mas­cot Ernie The Emu, Jarryd Evans (ECU) and Sarah Cam­pion (Notre Dame)

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