U Belong Week 2020

August 24, 2020

U Belong Week 2020

Get those creative juices flowing. Enter our 2021 Student Diary Artwork Competition!

June 19, 2020

Get those creative juices flowing. Enter our 2021 Student Diary Artwork Competition!


WE HAVE A WINNER: Congratulations to George Ly. Stay tuned for his artwork.

Do you want to make a creative impact next year and pocket $500 cash? Then get those creative juices flowing because we want a Deakin student to design the front and back cover of the 2021 Student Diary!

Enter our annual Student Artwork Competition where you’ll have complete creative licence to create something memorable, so make it fun, make it vibrant and make it relevant to student life at Deakin. And if your design is the lucky chosen one, you’ll pocket $500 cash. 

But you better get moving now! The closing date for entries is Friday 17 July 2020 at 5pm.

Last year’s winner, Teodora Kopic said I was inspired to submit my design after seeing the previous amazing diary designs that students created in the last few years. I decided to give it my best shot and create a design that hopefully reflects the community at Deakin University.”

Submission guidelines:



Deakin Dragons Success in Taiwan

July 30, 2019

Deakin Dragons Success in Taiwan

Recently our Deakin Dragons Women’s Basketball team made their way to Taiwan competing in the Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) Cup in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The BLIA cup invites men’s and women’s university basketball teams from to celebrate cultural exchange through sport and compete on an international stage in front of an arena hosting 30,000 spectators and broadcasted across Asian TV channels including Fox Sports!

MVP, Carly Vuillermin taking a shot against Humber College

The Dragons team were the sole team representing Australia and were competing against eight teams from around the world in a round-pool and crossover competition format. Teams included Taiwan, United States of America, Canada, China, Philippines and Japan.

The Deakin Dragons showed immense defensive pressure and adaptability on the court in their round-pool games, with the TV commentators praising their resilience and ability to adapt to the high humidity and heat in Taiwan at the time (something us Melbournians aren’t accustomed to!). Through the first four days of competition we played East China University of Science and Technology, Humber College (Canada) and the home team Fo Guang University (Taiwan). Recording two heart stopping one-point wins against Canada and East China, the Dragons secured themselves a place in the semi-final taking on reigning BLIA Cup champions Nagoya Gakuin University (Japan).

Team captain Neehara Ravikumar led the team’s defensive efforts aided heavily by Andrea Belmonte who both recorded a number of steals and assists.

Ravikumar also made the top 5 plays of Day 1 of the tournament with an incredible three pointer to seal the Dragons win against East China in the last few seconds of the game.

Deakin Dragons at the   Fo Guang Monestary 

The Dragons headed into the semi-finals as crowd favourites knowing they would have to put up a strong defence against the reigning champs to secure a spot in the grand final against home team Fo Guang University. Despite a strong performance on the court, Japan showed their agility and accurate shooting against the Dragons walking away with the win.

A strong presence under the ring was consistent throughout the tournament led by team MVP Carly Vuillermin and Victoria Sumskas who recorded high numbers of rebounds throughout the tournament, becoming known for their ruthlessness under their ring.

University of North Colorado were the Deakin Dragons final opponent in the Bronze Medal match, but unfortunately UNC showed their experience in playing high pressure US College Basketball taking a lead early in the game that the Dragons were unable to come back from.

The Dragons passion and spirit was well highlighted throughout the tournament by other teams, coaches and commentators with the team bringing home a trophy for their successful fourth place.

Deakin Dragons accepting their 4th place trophy at the BLIA Cup

The Deakin Dragons Basketball team would like to thank AND1 for providing the team with our best uniform yet plus slides and basketball sneakers that were well worn throughout the trip especially through our sightseeing days which included tours of the Fo Guang Monastery where our accommodation was located, as well as on Cijin Island and through the Pier 42 Art District.

The Dragons players, coaches, trainers, and staff would like to also thank the BLIA cup staff, volunteers and spectators for their support, generosity and invitation to compete against some of the best university teams from around the world!


Olympic Medallist Brooke Hanson Inspires our Deakin Dragons on Day 1

September 24, 2018

Brooke Hanson DUSA

Olympic Medallist Brooke Hanson Inspires our Deakin Dragons on Day 1

“When there’s a will, there’s a wave.”

Those were the awe-inspiring words of Brooke Hanson, our ‘Chef de Mission’ at the 2018 UniSport Australia Div 1 Nationals, and it was those words that will resonate with our army of Deakin Dragons as they prepare to fly into the world of elite university sport.

Brooke, a swimmer since the ripe age of 4, loved being in the water throughout her entire life and in her unrelenting drive and passion to pursue her goals, she brought home a silver medal from the 2004 Olympics in the 100-metre breaststroke and a gold medal as part of the Australian 4 x 100 metre medley relay.

Several weeks later, Hanson competed at the World Championships in USA where she won an astonishing six gold medals, five of which were for individual events. A remarkable accomplishment for a Deakin Dragon.

Yes, you read that right, Brooke was a former Deakin University student athlete!

She studied a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Journalism, and like a true Deakin Dragon, Brooke breathed fire into the pool during her studies and refused to give up, despite a missing out on qualifying for the Olympic Swimming Team, not once, but twice!

Her third attempt, a victory, saw her travel halfway across the world to Athens where she finally felt that winning feeling on the podium.

“I wanted to win a medal for my country so bad! It was my lifetime goal and I was determined to do anything and everything to get there. I even gave up alcohol, chocolate, ice-cream and cheese for a year! Now that’s commitment. But it paid off, because perseverance is power and not only did I qualify for the Olympic 2004 team, I even made the Leadership team. I led by example and they could see that.”

Brooke said she’s thrilled to be back at the UniSport Nationals, where once upon a time, she was too slaying competition with the Deakin Dragon spirit.

“I am so excited to be back here amongst all the action and watch everyone compete with integrity, teamwork, innovation and positive team morale. My 3 tips to be a top performer is great attitude, skills and knowledge – that’s what you need to focus on at your competition.

“You need to live for the sport, connect with your teammates, and most importantly, treat this whole experience as the Olympics. It took 22 years of listening to my inner voice, and never giving up hope that one day, I could become a champion, and if you believe it too, then you’ll go far.”

So, there it is Dragons, the top 3 tips from the legendary Brooke Hanson, 1) Great Attitude; 2) Skills and 3) Knowledge. Now, go fight fire with fire and roar the stadium down!

Good luck, Dragons.

More social updates and live blogs coming soon from sunny QLD!

The Deakin Dragons are Ready to Breath Fire at UniGames

September 20, 2018

Deakin Dragons Uni Games

The Deakin Dragons are Ready to Breath Fire at UniGames

Listen up, sports fans, the time has come once again for the UniSport Nationals Div 1 competition!

Hundreds and hundreds of students across Australia, formed from the best of the best of the 2017 UniSport Games will battle it out this weekend from 22 – 27 September, and over 160 of these athletes will be Deakin students.

Oh, you better believe you read that right; the event is nigh! Soon enough our Deakin Dragons will put their best foot forward in a glorious effort to taste that sweet, sweet victory.

Deakin will be competing in Women’s Basketball, Men’s Beach Volleyball, Mixed Beach Volleyball, Cheer and Dance, Men’s Fencing, Open Lawn Bowls, Mixed Netball, Men’s Rowing, Women’s Rowing, Women’s Softball, Women’s Swimming, Men’s Table Tennis, Women’s Tennis, Men’s Ultimate Frisbee, Women’s Ultimate Frisbee and Women’s Water Polo. So, as you can see, there is a veritable Olympiad soon to take place on the Gold Coast!

Olympic swimmer Brooke Hanson will accompany the team as the Chef de Mission. She’ll be acting as a positive role model for the team, providing motivational speeches and inspiring the student athletes to do their best.

Our athlete, coaches, trainers and staff have worked hard to get into Division 1 and they mean to stay there. Proving this some of our teams are going back as the reigning champs, just like the Women’s AFL team who brought home the gold in 2017!

But our paragons of physical virtue can’t do it alone and they’ll need your support to ensure their domination. Show your fervent comradery by congratulating any of your fellow students who you know will be competing. The support will mean the world to them.

With fire in their hearts, and steel in their veins, we will use our own good will to galvanise our Deakin champions for their trials ahead. Good luck to everyone, we know you’ll make us proud! Together…we can be champions.

For more info visit: http://bit.ly/2MpxUdH