Mascot revealed, festive atmosphere prepared for 1200 Games competitors

Published:26 June 2017

TOP: L-R Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman, Jack Hughes (touch), the new mascot and Bridget Fletcher (netball). BELOW: Warming up for the Northern University Games.

CQUniversity has revealed its new sporting mascot, in the lead up to the Northern University Games which will be hosted in Rockhampton and Yeppoon from Sunday, 2 July.

The University announced a competition to name the new mascot which represents a pale-headed rosella - a nod to the bird that appears on CQUniversity’s official coat of arms.

A festive atmosphere has been arranged for the welcome ceremony of the Northern University Games, to be hosted over a five-day period in Rockhampton and Yeppoon.

The Sunday evening (2 July, 4 pm to 8 pm) welcome ceremony at CQUniversity Rockhampton North will feature CQ Eat Street, amusement rides, entertainment, market stalls and a pop-up bar. All community members are welcome.

Competitors will be inspired and encouraged by Olympian Anna Meares and officially welcomed by the Mayors of Rockhampton Region and Livingstone Shire, with speeches from 4.30 pm.

The Northern Uni Games will feature 144 teams from 12 universities, competing in 13 sports across 11 venues (on campus and across Rockhampton and Yeppoon). Featured sports will include baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, football, futsal, golf, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, squash, tennis, touch and volleyball.

CQUni Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman said that, while most competitors are travelling from northern NSW and Queensland locations, there are some from as far as Darwin, Perth and Hobart.

“It’s more than 10 years since we have had a CQUni sports mascot … we are ready to bring back the bird,” Professor Bowman said.

“The Northern University Games will give CQUni students the chance for some great sporting and social outcomes. Our local community will also benefit from economic, social and networking opportunities as a host city for these Games.

“We really appreciate the contribution of Rockhampton Regional Council and Livingstone Shire Council in terms of funding and in-kind support through provision of sporting facilities.”

Australian University Sport CEO Don Knapp is pleased to see the event held in the vibrant Central Queensland cities of Rockhampton and Yeppoon.

“Regional university sporting events provide student-athletes with the opportunity to pursue a dual education and sport pathway, which results in both tertiary qualifications and sport participation at all levels of sport across Australia,” Mr Knapp said.

The Northern University Games (NUG) is one of four Regional University Games held simultaneously across Australia, with a range of sports serving as the qualifying competition for the 2017 Australian University Games (24-29 September) on the Gold Coast.

The event brings significant economic benefits to the host region through sport venue hire, accommodation bookings, dining, use of public transport and visitation to tourist attractions.