University athletes embrace Adelaide

28 September 2012

Thousands of students will kick up their heels in Adelaide tonight as the Australian University Games come to an end.

The event began last Sunday and saw more than 6000 participants from over 35 interstate universities compete in sports ranging from squash to sailing.

Events South Australia General Manager Hitaf Rasheed said Adelaide’s friendly people and compact city centre made it an ideal choice to host the Games.

“Events South Australia is a proud sponsor of the Australian University Games and congratulates organisers on running such a successful and well-attended event,” Ms Rasheed said.

“These Games are expected to generate more than $12 million in direct expenditure, with participants enjoying local tourism attractions and restaurants during breaks in competition.”

University students on their way to and from sporting events have been a regular presence on Adelaide streets since the Games began.

“It’s great to see our world-class sporting venues being used by this enthusiastic and talented group of athletes,” Ms Rasheed said.

“Adelaide has now hosted the Australian University Games on three occasions, and this year marks the event’s 20th anniversary.

“I’m sure many friendships will have been forged and strengthened during the past week and I commend all students for taking part.”

Former Thunderbirds netball player Georgia Beaton – who has swapped her netball one-piece for a swimsuit and is playing water polo for the University of Adelaide – is among local athletes to have participated in the Games.

The University of Adelaide has also been well-represented in rowing, with London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist James McRae competing in the quad scull event.

“Along with offering competition in 30 sports, the Games have provided a lively social program for participants,” Ms Rasheed said.

“We trust athletes and organisers have enjoyed their time in Adelaide and look forward to welcoming interstate visitors back to South Australia.”

For more information please contact:
Alexandra Weaver
Events PR Adviser
Events South Australia
Telephone +61 8 8463 4649 or +61 428 925 736
Email alexandra.weaver@tourism.sa.com

Media contact:
Public Relations Unit
Telephone +61 8 8463 4500
or email PRPublications@tourism.sa.com.

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