The University of Melbourne named 2018 Indigenous Nationals champions

02-Jul-2018 10:12 PM

After four days of intense competition, The University of Melbourne has emerged as the overall champion of the 2018 Indigenous Nationals.

More than 400 student-athletes competed in touch football, netball, basketball and
volleyball over four days at Macquarie University in Sydney.

Impressive results in basketball and volleyball saw The University of Melbourne
surge to the top of the leaderboard, with hosts Macquarie University claiming second
thanks to a strong performance in netball, and The University of Newcastle rounding
off the top three.

UniSport Australia (UniSport) CEO Don Knapp commended the student-athletes for
their passionate display of sportsmanship and comradery both on and off the field.

“The organising committee and host university has done an outstanding job
combining both sporting and Indigenous cultural elements,” Mr Knapp said.

“Sporting events such as the Indigenous Nationals provide student-athletes with the
opportunity to pursue a dual education and sport pathway. Sport programs on
campus are proven to contribute toward higher levels of student recruitment,
retention, completion of study, and graduate employability,” Mr Knapp added.

The University of Western Australia (UWA) was announced as hosts of the 2019
Indigenous Nationals. UWA last hosted the event in 2014.

Ian Fitzpatrick, General Manager of UWA Sport said: “UWA looks forward to hosting
this event to add to the broader UWA student experience, provide our Indigenous
student-athletes with an opportunity to contest the event at home, and increase the
profile of both student-athletes and the Indigenous Nationals themselves.”

What started in 1996 as a joint class project between 13 students enrolled in
a Diploma of Aboriginal Studies (Community Recreation) at the then
Wollotuka School for Aboriginal Studies (The University of Newcastle), the
Indigenous Nationals are now the leading sporting event for Indigenous university

First  The University of Melbourne
Second  Macquarie University
Third  The University of Newcastle

First  Second  Third
Basketball  MELB  MQU  ACU
Netball  MQU  MELB  UON
Touch football  QUT  UON  UTS
Volleyball  MELB  JCU  MELB 2

(ACU: Australian Catholic University, JCU: James Cook University, MELB: The University of Melbourne, MELB 2: The University of Melbourne 2, MQU: Macquarie University, QUT: Queensland University of Technology, UON: The University of Newcastle, UTS: University of Technology Sydney).

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