10 October 2011
Redbacks exceed expectations at Uni Games
RMIT University athletes exceeded expectations at the recent Australian University Games on the Gold Coast, beating last year's result by two places.
Paul White, RMIT green and gold winner and a member of the RMIT gold medallist team, lines up for a strike.
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For the first time in five years the RMIT Redbacks finished in the top ten, taking ninth position among 42 Australian universities.
More than 200 players represented the Redbacks in 16 sports, while students who couldn't attend the games got involved by sending hero tweets and following the action on Facebook.
RMIT Sport published updates and results during the five-day competition on Twitter.
The top results came from the Division 1 teams for women's AFL and mixed ten-pin bowling, with both teams winning gold and featuring players who were awarded for skill and sportsmanship.
The Redbacks also took home the silver in the men's and mixed beach volleyball, and bronze in women's basketball, women's beach volleyball and women's tennis.
In Division 2, our gold-winning netball teams earned a promotion to Division 1 next year, while men's badminton won silver and men's soccer claimed the bronze.
RMIT Link Sport and Recreation coordinator Janelle Farley said: "I am extremely proud of the athletic performance displayed by the Redbacks."
"Finishing the event in 9th place is an outstanding achievement and one I know they will strive to better in 2012.
"I would also like to congratulate the Green and Gold recipients who were awarded for their skill and sportsmanship."
Selected for the Green and Gold, which rewards the top athletes in each sport were:
- Stephanie Chiocci, Rebekah Sibenaler, Shae Audely, Olivia Rahme, Maddy Goodman and Laura Foat (Women's AFL)
- Reagan Tate (Men's AFL)
- Danielle Bone, Christina Bernardi and Chloe Little (Women's Basketball)
- Ru-yenn Kwok (Beach Volleyball)
- Skye McDonald (Netball)
- Sarah Hogan and Simone Nalder (Mixed Netball)
- Mark Dexter (Taekwondo)
- Jonathon Nather (Tennis)
- Ross Cowie, Lester Low and Paul White (Ten Pin Bowling)
- Jeff Disken (Water Polo)
The Mixed and Women's Netball teams celebrating their gold medal win, which earned them promotion to Division 1.
Green and Gold Winner Ru-yenn Kwok serves the ball whiles partner and fellow bronze medallist, Fernanda Mondadori awaits the return.
Coach Alan Evans fires up the men's basketball team.
AFL Women team celebrating their gold medal win.