Monash University is poised to make a strong showing at the 2023 Unisport Nationals, set to be held on the picturesque Gold Coast (Kombumerri), Queensland.
With over 6,000 participants from universities across the country converging to compete in 31 different sports, the event promises to be a showcase of athleticism and talent.
Monash University is sending over 300 student athletes, ready for their pursuit of glory.
The competition is scheduled to take place from September 23rd to 29th, promising a week of intense sporting action.
Last year's Unisport Nationals saw Monash University come tantalisingly close to gold in several sports, including Touch Football and Men's Basketball. This year, however, the teams are displaying even greater determination, with their eyes firmly fixed on the gold medals.
Men’s Basketball athlete and recently announced as 2023 Monash Team Co-captain, Naoum Lazis describes last year’s gold medal playoff as a highlight of his Uni Nationals experience.
“This year, what I am looking forward to the most is trying to avenge last year's loss and spending a week on the Gold Coast with the team.”
Unisport Nationals also provides an opportunity for students to showcase their sporting skills as well as representing their university.
“Participating in UniSport Nationals for me is a unique experience that does not compare to anything else.”
“The pride in representing Monash University and the comradery built with the rest of the team, after competing against each other year round, forges lifelong friendships and unforgettable memories.” Lazis says.
Ultimate Frisbee athlete and 2023 Monash Team Co-captain, Victoria Stock says that this will be her first Uni Nationals experience.
“I'm so excited for my first Uni Nationals and am really looking forward to a high level of competition to show what Monash has to give!”
Preparations have been underway for several weeks, with Monash teams fine-tuning their skills and strategies in anticipation of the annual sporting event. The athletes are driven by a shared hunger for victory and are eager to leave their mark on the university sporting stage.
Women’s Volleyball athlete, Arwen Verdnik says that the team have been training weekly for 12 weeks and have enjoyed preparing for the competition.
“It's already been an amazing pre-competition of creating friendships and memories as a team on and off the court.”
“We're super excited to see it all come together and to match our intensity to the competitive environment of the tournament.”
Our Men’s and Women’s Table Tennis teams are pumped and ready to head to the Gold Coast too, all with their eyes on a Gold medal.
Ellen Walker from the Women’s Table Tennis team says, “We are all so excited to head off to the Gold Coast soon to compete at Uni Nationals!”
“Our Women's Table Tennis team have been training together every week alongside our Men's team.”
Beyond the pursuit of victory, the Unisport Nationals fosters camaraderie and mutual respect among participants, creating an environment where athletes can learn and grow both on and off the field.
The Gold Coast will be buzzing with excitement, as our student-athletes vie for top honours in their respective sports.