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   Feb 21

Uni pride on the table

CSU team captains Mathew Dunn and Olivia Patterson help launch the games at the MTC.
Nanjing Night Net

IT’S just as much about forging friendships off the field as it is chasing the coveted bragging rights on the field.

The Eastern University Games, officially launched at the MTC last night, will see 3000 students from 22 universities compete in 16 different sports.

For 22-year-old Olivia Patterson, attending her fifth Uni Games is all about chasing a medal and having fun.

The CSU Bathurst PE teaching student is CSU touch football and basketball team captain.

Australian Catholic University students Sam White, Emily Carroll and Nigel Price enter the games.

“It’s a big thing, everyone gets involved,” she said.

“There’s a lot of pride at stake.”

CSU’s330 athletes competing will share their campus with visiting teams over the next four days.

“I love it, it’s such an experience and you meet new people,” Miss Patterson said.

“As soon as you’re on the field, give it everything or don’t bother.

“We’re aiming for a medal in both sports.”

GOOD TIMES: Red Bull’s Monique Ellis and Kath Evans make sure students are hydrated. Picture: Les Smith

The 2014 champions, The University of Newcastle, will defend their title, but these CSU students are hoping tocapitalise on their home ground advantage over the next four days.

CSU squash and ultimate frisbee team captainMathew Dunn, 21, is chasing his second gold medal at his sixth Uni Games.

“Looking at the draw, I’m hoping for a medal,” he said.

The Leeton import, who studies Agricultural Science at CSU Wagga, says the event provides students with an opportunity to meet people they may not meet otherwise.

“It’s good fun,” he said.

“You’re meeting so many new people.”

It is the largest team CSU has ever submitted.

The Eastern University Games are the largest of the three regional university games events to be held simultaneouslyand will bring in an estimated $1.8 million in visitor expenditure to the local economy.

The games are being held in partnership with Destination NSW, Charles SturtUniversity and WaggaCity Council.

“Waggais known as the City of Good Sports and the Games are the fourth major sportingevent we’ve hosted this year, which is a testament to our fantastic facilities and our community’ssupport for sporting events,” Mayor Rod Kendall said.

The Eastern University Games act as a qualifying competition for the Australian University Games,which will be held on the Gold Coast fromSeptember 27 to October 2 in selected sports.

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