The Deakin Dragon Women’s Basketball team are about to soar on wings of fire to conquer the BLIA (Buddha’s Light International Association) Cup University Basketball Tournament in Taiwan! From July 16 – 21 the Dragons will be competing at the world-renowned Kaohsiung Arena against teams from Canada, China, New Zealand, the Philippines, Taiwan and the United States.
Led by Head Coach, Mitchell Stoop, the girls were invited to the tournament after they took out the UniSport Australia Nationals Div 1 Championship in 2018 in a nail-biting game against the highly-touted UTS team that had all spectators on the edge of their seats!
Sheridan Nicol, DUSA Sport Operations Coordinator and our very own Mother of Dragons said: “We couldn’t be more excited to attend the BLIA Cup. It is a great opportunity for our students to play on an international level and exchange cultures, tactics and ideas with teams from around the world.”
The BLIA Cup University Basketball Tournament is designed to celebrate sport cultural exchange and to offer university athletes an opportunity to compete on the world stage; even being televised throughout Asia.
The teams will be kicking off their exciting overseas adventure with a press conference on July 15, before stepping on to the court. And of course, they’ll be playing in style with brand new gear and kicks by new DUSA partner, AND1, who specialise in basketball shoes and clothing.
After their stellar performance last year at the Uni Nationals Div 1 event, we’re certain that the Deakin Dragons will live up to their name and dominate the tournament with talons of skill and wings of fortitude. Good luck girls!
This trip was made possible by a joint collaboration between Deakin University and DUSA.