Monash athletes have hit the ground in Chengdu, China in preparation for what is sure to be a thrilling 31st edition of the FISU Summer World University Games.
Nine of Monash University's very own sport stars are competing in the global event, which have been delayed from 2021 due to the pandemic.
The prestigious World event will have representation from over 50 countries. Monash is one of 26 Australian Universities and TAFEs who have had athletes selected to compete in University combined teams to represent Australia.
The Games run for just under two weeks, from July 28 to August 8.
All Monash athletes are thrilled to represent their institution and country on the big stage, with Hudson Skinner (diving) saying: “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to represent both my university and my country at my first international competition and I look forward to competing against the other amazing divers.”
Ben Whitmee, rowing, added: “I am very keen to represent Australia for the first time at the University Games and excited to compete against international competition.”
Meanwhile, Hugo Bosnic (fencing) represented the sentiment of many in detailing his excitement after the initial postponement of the Games.
“I am proud to compete in the UniGames representing Monash University and Australia. The fact these are the games cancelled by COVID makes it even more special,” Hugo said.
Monash has athletes entered across various athletics events, gymnastics, fencing, diving and rowing at the games.
The full competition schedule is also available here.
TeamMONASH sends our congratulations to all students participating and wishes all the Monash athletes the best of luck in their endeavours.