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September 28, 2011
Australian Uni games: It's all about having a go

Robert Johnston, who competes in three different sports says Uni Games is about the experience of trying new things. Photo/ Dominick Czakilew, FISU AIPS Shenzhen 2011 Young Reporter
by Dominick Czakilew, FISU AIPS Shenzhen 2011 Young Reporter
GOLD COAST, Queensland, September 28, 2011 - The 2011 Australian University Games are underway on the Gold Coast* in Queensland this week where 6,700 students are competing in 29 different sports.

Athletes say there is more to the games than the competitive site and that meeting other students and trying different sports is part of the experience.

Robert Johnston, a student athlete from James Cook University will compete in 3 different sports.

“I like having a go at everything,“ he said, joking a moment later “it keeps you out of trouble”.

Johnston’s main event is hammer throwing in which he took out gold yesterday and achieved a personal best of 50.82m.

He also competed in shot-put and played water polo because his university’s team did not have enough players.

“That’s part of the experience, trying new things,” he said.

For others, the University Games are mostly about the competitive side.

John Mondy, a student athlete from Cairns said “I find University sport important, the competitive site of me comes out”.

Students compete throughout the day, while at night there are themed social events where students can meet and interact with each other.

The Australian University Games are held annually and will run until Friday, September 30.

*The Gold Coast is a candidate for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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