05 September 2011
Rally for the RMIT Redbacks
More than 200 RMIT University students will head to the Gold Coast at the end of September to represent the University at the Australian University Games.
Sammy Scaffidi won gold and two silvers in the taekwondo at the 2010 Australian University Games.
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RMIT is sending its biggest team yet to the games, double the number of student athletes who competed last year in Perth.
Students unable to make it to the Gold Coast can still rally behind the RMIT Redbacks by sending them hero tweets (#Redbacks hashtag) or messages of support.
As the country's largest annual sporting event, the Australian University Games attract more than 7,000 students from 42 universities.
RMIT will be represented in 16 sports, including Australian Rules football, netball, soccer, beach volleyball and ten pin bowling. A small, dedicated group of RMIT staff will also be at the Games to support the athletes.
RMIT's beach volleyball team is expected to continue its strong form, as demonstrated at the 2010 Games, where the mixed fours team won gold.
The men's pairs RMIT volleyball team also scored a medal at last year's games, winning silver. This year both Tony Valena and Tony Cassis have been training hard and are looking to turn the tables on Western Australia's Edith Cowan University, who pipped them for gold in 2010.
The RMIT Redbacks will also be defending the "Spirit of the Games" title - an award presented for the team that shows the most outstanding team spirit, sportsmanship, organisation and behaviour.
RMIT won the title for the first time in Perth last year, the culmination of many years of hard work from student team captains, student team managers and RMIT Link Sport and Recreation staff.
One of the highlights at the Gold Coast games will be the RMIT ten pin bowling team, who are expected to challenge for a medal with their number one bowler, Australian representative Paul White.
Other RMIT Redback teams to watch out for include Australian Rules football, soccer and netball - all expecting to do well.
The team is hoping to match the overall 11th place they achieved last year in Perth and retain the Spirit of the Games title.
The 2011 Australian University Games are being held from 26 to 30 September.
Send your message of support and rally behind the RMIT Redbacks now!
RMIT's gold winning beach volleyball mixed fours team in Perth last year. From left, David McKenzie, IIdee Manalo, Hilary Wensor, Sam Wilmann, Gabrielle Tabban and Francis Pirrotta.
The Green and Gold Award for best performer in water polo was awarded to RMIT's Stephen Lewis (left) last year.
Kelsey McCloskey-Huckin was a silver-medal winner in Perth.
The men's golf team brought home bronze medals from Perth.