Two HMNS athletes get set for World University Games
Four University of Queensland students will compete at the 2015
Summer University Games in South Korea in July.
Dane Bird-Smith (athletics), Caitlin Cronin (rowing), Tom Gamble
(athletics) and Aisling Scott (swimming) have been selected for
team and will join about 10,000 other university students from 170
countries around the world.
UQ Sport Head of
Rowing Zoltan Shepherd and Head of Athletics Stacey Taurima are
coaches at the games, which is the largest multi-sport event after
Mr Bird-Smith, who is studying a Bachelor of Health Sport and
Physical Education and holds a UQ Sports Achievement Scholarship,
will compete in the 20km walking event.
"I'm looking forward to having a great time in Korea and meeting
old and new friends from around the world," he said.
"With the World Championships in Beijing coming up in August,
I'm hoping to put in a strong performance at the Games and hone my
race preparation and tactics, and hopefully walk away with a medal
or a personal best."
Mr Bird-Smith juggles part-time study and full-time training,
which involves walking up to 120km a week as well as cross
training, gym and recovery sessions.
"As most students know, exam and assignment stress can really
knock you mentally and physically, so having UQ support me and
understand my circumstances during these times is a massive
Mr Taurima said UQ Sport was proud to have such high-calibre
athletes representing Australia at the games.
"For the athletics competitors, the World Summer University
Games is regarded as an important lead in to the World
Championships in Beijing in August," he said.
"UQ welcomes elite athletes, and has scholarships and
partnerships in place to ensure our students can achieve their best
in both their sporting and academic endeavours."
UQ athletes competing at the World University Games in Gwangju
City, South Korea from 3-14 July:
Bird-Smith: Race Walking (20km). Bachelor of Health, Sport
and Physical Education.
Caitlin Cronin: Rowing, Women's Coxless Fours. Bachelor of
Gamble: Athletics (100m). Bachelor of Exercise and Sport
Scott: Swimming, 50m, 100m, 200m Breaststroke and 200m
Individual Medley. Bachelor of Laws.
Media: Kim Cooper, UQ Sport, 07 3346 6243,