The largest university sporting event to be held in Newcastle this year, the 2017 Eastern University Games, will kick off next week attracting more than 2,500 student-athletes from across NSW and the ACT to Newcastle.
Held from 2 – 6 July and hosted by the University of Newcastle, the 2017 Eastern University Games (EUG) is one of four Regional Unigames held simultaneously across Australia, with a range of 17 sports serving as the qualifying competition for the 2017 Australian University Games (24-29 September) on Queensland’s iconic Gold Coast.
Australian University Sport CEO Don Knapp is excited to see the competition return to Newcastle.
“Regional university sporting events provide student-athletes with the opportunity to pursue a dual education and sport pathway, which results in both tertiary qualifications and sport participation at all levels of sport across Australia,” Mr Knapp said.
City of Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said “Newcastle has a proud sporting history and will embrace our visiting athletes. I always enjoyed the friendly competition at the University Games.”
“There's also plenty for visiting students to do and see here, from visiting our galleries, museums and beaches to enjoying the city's cafes, restaurants and night life, so I'm sure all the students will have four days of fun come July.”
“Newcastle has a fine track record of hosting large sporting events, such as the Eastern Unigames in 2014, rugby and rugby league tests and the 2015 Asian Cup Football matches, and we're currently gearing up to host the inaugural Supercars event in November.”
University of Newcastle Campus Programs Manager and Elite Athlete Support Officer Andrew Yapp has welcomed students from institutions across NSW and the ACT.
“We are delighted to be hosting the 2017 Eastern University Games, with another opportunity to showcase our outstanding sporting and recreation facilities here at the University of Newcastle,” Mr Yapp said.
“Our previous hosting experience in 2014 was a great success, with the University of Newcastle winning the overall title on that occasion. Given the talent and real determination that characterises our student-athletes, I am sure they are well-placed to repeat this achievement on our home ground again this year.”
“I wish all competitors and volunteers a successful Games and hope they enjoy visiting our beautiful campus and city.”
The Eastern University Games is managed by Australian University Sport (AUS), the governing body of university sport in Australia, and hosted by the University of Newcastle in partnership with Newcastle City Council.