Australia has a long and proud history of performing on the world sporting stage, and our university students are no exception. In 2017, Australian students representing their university and their country at the 29th World Summer Universiade in Chinese Taipei will be competing as a team under the identity of " the Australian Uniroos".
Australia first competed at a Summer Universiade in Tokyo, Japan in 1967 and has been involved all but one event since. During that time, Australian athletes have amassed a total of 158 medals (45 gold, 43 silver and 70 bronze).
The 2011 Australian Summer Universiade team to Shenzhen, China was the first team to compete under this entity and the campaign was our most successful ever. The uniroos won five gold, three silver, and eight bronze medals, which placed us 14th on the medal tally and was our largest medal haul ever at a Summer Universiade. This result has been bettered at each subsequent Universiade with the 2015 team winning 19 medals.
At the last edition in Gwangju, South Korea, the Uniroos won a record-breaking 19 medals that included four gold, three silver and twelve bronze medals.
In 2017 we aim to improve on this result with a top ten finish in the medal tally. Your support will help the champions of tomorrow gain valuable international experience and expertise in an event that attracts the best the world has to offer.
Hundreds of student athletes have used the Summer Universiade as a springboard to a successful international sporting career.
Over the years international university sport has witnessed the emergence of a huge number of Australian world championship, Commonwealth Games and Olympic champions including Cate Campbell (swimming), Steve Hooker (athletics), Brooke Hanson (swimming), Steve Moneghetti (athletics), Ralph Doubell (athletics), Jon Sieben (swimming) and Michelle Timms (basketball).
Australia at the Summer Universiade
Australia first competed at a Summer Universiade in Tokyo, Japan in 1967 and has been involved in every event since that year excluding 1975 in Rome, Italy. During that time Australian student-athletes have amassed a total of 158 (45 gold, 43 silver and 70 bronze) medals, achieving Australia's highest ever medal tally position of 10th in Kazan, Russia in 2013.
|2015||Gwangju, South Korea||4||3||12||19|
|2003||Daegu, South Korea||2||5||5||12|
|1999||Palma de Mallorca, Spain||2||3||3||8|
|1991||Sheffield, Great Britian||2||2||3||7|
|1979||Mexico City, Mexico||1||0||1||2|
Australia at the Winter Universiade
Australia's history in the event dates back to 1985 and has seen Australian athletes represented in 11 of the 25 previous events with an unbroken run of involvement dating back to 1991.
Australia's best ever result at a Winter Universiade was 4th place in the 5,000m Speed Skating in Sapporo, Japan in 1991.
Universiade and Olympic Medallists
The Universiade features more than 20,000 athletes from 170 countries and for many the University Games are a crucial stepping stone for emerging young stars striving for the Commonwealth Games or Olympic Games selection.
Trap shooter and 2013 World University Games champion Catherine Skinner led the Uniroos into the opening ceremony two years ago and then went on to win two bronze, first in the individual trap event where she came close to defending her title, and then as the leader of the women’s team. In 2016, Skinner won Olympic gold in Rio in the women’s trap.
In Gwangju, race walker Dane Bird-Smith battled through rainy conditions to win gold in the 20km event before winning a bronze medal at his maiden Olympic Games in Rio.
Elsewhere in Rio, 2015 Uniroo Anabelle Smith competed alongside student-athlete Maddison Keeney in synchronised diving and took home a bronze medal.
Australian Murray Stewart is an AUS Honour Roll medallist for his medal winning performances at the 2010 WUC Canoe Sprint in Poznan, Poland. Murray won a Silver medal in the K1 500m and a Bronze medal in the K1 1000m. Murray went on to win a Gold medal in the K4 1000m at the 2012 London Olympics.
Australian Cate Campbell is an AUS Honour Roll Champion for her medal-winning performances at the 2011 WUSG in Shenzhen, China. Cate won a Gold medal in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay and a Bronze medal in the 50m freestyle. Cate went on to also win a Gold medal in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay at the 2012 London Olympics. Campbell made her Olympic debut at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. At just 16 years of age, she won bronze in the 50m freestyle and also won bronze in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay.
Murray and Cate are just two of a large number of champion athletes such as cross country runner Steve Moneghetti, pole vaulter Steve Hooker and sailor Lucinda Whitty, who have combined a successful sporting career with university study, achieving great sporting and academic feats.
In Beijing 2008, 46 per cent of the Australian Olympic team was made up of student-athletes and they claimed 57 percent of the nation’s medals. At London 2012, 40 percent of the team were student-athletes, but they contributed to winning 63 percent of Australia’s medals. With a few more selections yet to be finalised, the 2016 team is currently 58 per cent student-athletes.