GOLD MEDAL & NATIONAL CHAMPS:
Open Lawn Bowls
Men’s Ultimate Frisbee
Women’s Ultimate Frisbee
4TH PLACE OVERALL
5TH PLACE OVERALL
Cheer & Dance
*SILVER MEDAL – Level 2 Co-Ed Cheer Team
*SILVER MEDAL – Open All Girl Group Stunt Team
6TH PLACE OVERALL
Men’s Table Tennis
8TH PLACE OVERALL
*SILVER MEDAL – Isabella Symons (50m Backstroke)
9TH PLACE OVERALL
Women’s Water Polo
Mixed Beach Volleyball (*DIV 2 SILVER MEDAL)
11TH PLACE OVERALL
Men’s Beach Volleyball (*DIV 2 4th Place)
14TH PLACE OVERALL
15TH PLACE OVERALL
*SILVER MEDAL – Rachel Limburg (100m Hurdles)
*BRONZE MEDAL – Rachel Limburg (Shot Put)
21ST PLACE OVERALL
*SILVER MEDAL – Liam Procaccino (400m)
22ND PLACE OVERALL
Men’s Fencing (Individual Epee) – Kory Nguyen
Well done on a fantastic week Deakin Dragons!!! ???
Thursday 27 Sept (Day 4)
Day 4 was an epic one, where our Deakin Dragons soared to the Finals and competed with blood, sweat and tears for a chance to wear a bronze, silver or gold medal around their necks. And they certainly didn’t disappoint! The highlight of the day was the nail-biting Women’s Basketball match that saw our dynamite team win by just 3 points, an incredible achievement.
The unwavering support and constant cheering from the sidelines saw our teams win the below medals:
GOLD & PENNANT WINNERS
Co-Ed Level 2 Cheer Team
Open All Girl Group Stunt
Mixed Fours Beach Volleyball
Liam Procaccino (400m)
Rachel Limburg (100m Hurdles)
Isabella Symons (50 Backstroke)
Open Lawn Bowls
Men’s Ultimate Frisbee
Women’s Ultimate Frisbee
Congratulations to all Deakin Dragons for all your commitment, hard work and camaraderie – how lucky we are to proudly wear the colours of blue and green!
Wednesday 26 Sept (Day 3)
The QLD sun finally peaked its glorious head over the clouds today for an action-packed Day 3 at the UniSport Australia Nationals Div 1 Games. And although the muscles are sore and stiff, our Deakin Dragons were determined as ever to soar into the Finals.
Men’s AFL had a roaring comeback winning all games today, as did Women’s AFL who’ll both play in the Semi-Final tomorrow morning at 9am. Let’s hope they can both pull through and play with ferocity, skill and team spirit.
Women’s Basketball are having a cracking week, winning both games, and are now flying into the Gold Medal Match tomorrow at 1pm. This game will be live streamed so if you want to watch our Deakin Dragons slay, click here.
Mixed Beach Volleyball also have their eyes on the prize winning 2-0 against ACU and SCU, and will fight for the Championship title tomorrow at 1pm, whilst Men’s Beach Volleyball will play in the Bronze Medal match at 12noon. Lawn Bowls didn’t win either games today but they still have a chance to taste victory in a Bronze Medal match at 12.45pm tomorrow.
Women’s Softball have proven, once again, they are a force to reckoned with, winning both games with flying colours. They’ll be ready to swing their bats into action at the Semi-Final tomorrow at 11am.
Men and Women’s Ultimate Frisbee have competed exceptionally well, with both sides giving it 110% every time. They’ll compete in the Bronze Medal match at 9.30am and we have no doubt there’ll be plenty of cheering for this dynamic crew!
Speaking of cheering, our flying Deakin Cheer squad took the stage last night and won two Silver Medals – ‘Deakin Flame’ in the Co-Ed Cheer category and ‘Deakin Ignite’ in the All-Girl Stunt category. And in the wise words of Bring it On, “Toros Dragons sure are number one!”
And can you believe it? Out Athletics Team also won two more silver medals today – Liam Procaccino in the 400m and Rachel Limburg in the 100m Hurdles. Congratulations, what a fantastic achievement for you both.
Tomorrow will be the biggest day of the week and we hope to see mountains of green and blue on the sidelines, cheering on their teammates to victory. Let’s do this, Dragons!
Tuesday 25 Sept (Day 2)
It was an overcast sky that welcomed our thunder of Deakin Dragons on Day 2 of the UniSport Nationals Div 1 Games, but despite the lack of sun, there was no chance the smiles were disappearing off our faces!
The Women’s Softball team started their day early and batted off at 8.30am against UTS, winning 8-1. Their second match was less victorious but after spending five minutes in their dugout, you’d have no idea they were losing. The positive team morale, sportsmanship and camaraderie is awe-inspiring and is a true testament to the character of a Deakin Dragon.
AFL Men’s and Women’s competition was intense with both teams bringing out the big guns, but unfortunately, they couldn’t compete with their opponents. Hopefully, they’ll have a roaring comeback in the last few days and put forward their best ‘don’t argue’ moves.
The Women’s Basketball team are dominating the court, celebrating a blinding win against USC with a 31 point lead, whilst Beach Volleyball ‘Fours’ won 2 out of 3 games in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Not too shabby for a Melbourne crew!
The Lawn Bowls team, mostly comprised of students who’ve had zero to little experience, are actually doing surprisingly well and won 2 out of 3 games today. Keep up the fantastic work, gents. Whilst on the other side of town, universities are struggling to keep up with our undefeated Mixed Netball team who had another fantastic win against UNSW, winning 49-30. Is it too early to cue the Marching Band yet?
It was a long day for Men’s Table Tennis who unfortunately lost in the morning, but redeemed themselves in the afternoon with a nail-biting defeat against USYD. Yay! The Women’s Tennis team also kept their spirits bright, as did the Women’s Water Polo who beat arch rivals, Melbourne University in the morning.
Ultimate Men’s Frisbee played with heart and soul but couldn’t secure a win today, but never fear, because the Women’s team is currently undefeated with a track record of six consecutive wins. Tomorrow, they go head-to-head with ANU, the other undefeated team, so in true Dragons spirit, let’s rally behind them and bring the fire.
And to follow that fantastic news, we also had our first medal today with Isabella Symons winning Silver in the 50m Backstroke. Congratulations, Isabella!
Tomorrow will bring another epic day, with highs and lows no doubt, as well the highly-anticipated Cheerleading Aesthetics Competition in the evening. It’ll be there where we’ll finally witness the rumours…the Deakin Dragons really can fly.
Monday 24 Sept (Day 1)
Mondays can be boring, long and tiresome, but today, was hands-down, no arguments, an awesome Monday. Because when you’ve got over 160 Deakin students and staff spread out across the Gold Coast, decked out in blue and green, cheering each other on until their throats hurt and playing a sport that they absolutely love, there’s guaranteed no case of Mondayitis.
Indeed, the first day of the UniSport Nationals Div 1 Games kicked off with a bang with teams and individuals scattered from one end of the coast to the other, playing with grit, determination and fire.
Men’s Table Tennis started early to set the pace, dominating LTU with 11-0, but then had a setback later in the day against UQ. Women’s Basketball, coached by Div 2 Premiership player, Mitchell Stoop, also had an unfortunate loss in the morning but came back surging to win 49-31 against WS. Likewise, Women’s AFL lost in the morning to Melbourne rivals, RMIT, but then came back with a tackling hunger to pocket a 40 point lead against UTS.
Men’s AFL didn’t fare too well unfortunately and lost both games, but we’re positive they can turn the tables on Day 2 and bring that Deakin Dragons fire we all know so well. Same goes for Men’s Beach Volleyball who didn’t win either, however Beach Volleyball ‘Fours’ was strong and came out with two wins.
Women’s Tennis unfortunately lost both their games, as did Women’s Waterpolo. Women’s Ultimate Frisbee had a massive day playing 3 games and proved they’re a force to reckoned with, undefeated so far! Men’s Ultimate Frisbee had a nail-biting game against UQ but the Dragons proved, once again, their tenacity and determination to win.
Additionally, Mixed Netball had a cracking game against MQU, winning 50-34, whilst the Women’s Softball dominated both their matches against NDA and UQ. And surprisingly, Lawn Bowls came out victorious with 3 consecutive wins, whilst there were also some fantastic individual performances in Athletics and Fencing.
So, as you can see, it was a mixed batch of ups and downs, but the one thing that remains consistent throughout all these sports is the infectious team spirit. You can’t walk past a match without hearing a Deakin Dragon cheering on their teammates – encouraging, coaching and supporting. Not only is it a brilliant thing to witness, it makes you proud to wear the colours of a Deakin Dragon.
Now time to rest and massage those muscles, Dragons, because we’ve got another massive day ahead of us. Live updates on Day 2 coming to a screen and Instagram near you. Go Dragons!
Sunday 23 Sept
The shining sun was beckoning us as we descended onto the Gold Coast for the beginning of the UniSport Div 1 Games, where we’ll watch the best of the best student athletes across Australia fight to the death. Okay, maybe that’s a tad dramatic but we are the Deakin Dragons after all! And when we fight, we fight with everything we’ve got.
After getting over the initial shock of the sun rays hitting our vitamin D starved Melbourne/Geelong skin, we settled into our accommodation lodges at the renowned Sports Super Centre in Runaway Bay before hitting the conference room for a meet and greet presentation with DUSA staff and team captains.
And what would a presentation be without at least one inspirational speech? Well, low and behold, we were fortunate to hear from one of the very best – an Olympic Medallist swimmer and a former Deakin Dragon, Brooke Hanson.
Her story was, and still is, incredible; demonstrating resilience, perseverance, dedication, leadership, hope, and above all, a passion for swimming that never distinguished. To read more about Brooke’s story and wise words, click here.
Next up, the fun part – DREAMWORLD. We’re a big believer in building relationships to make a team stronger and more connected, and Dreamworld is part of that equation. Yes, it’s a theme park, and yes, it is buckets of fun, but it is also an opportunity for all the Deakin Dragons to meet people outside of their degree and learn more about other sports. Everyone loved getting into their new groups and embarking on a challenge, and hey, there’s nothing like team building than bonding over that post-queasy feeling after the Pandamonium Kug Fu Panda ride.
But with all that excitement and anticipation, we hope our stomachs sette for tomorrow – Day One of the UniSport Nationals Div 1 Games. Let’s do this Dragons!
Stay tuned for more updates, coming to a screen near you…
“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!
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.
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