Games record throw helps Taryn lead the line for CQUni at Uni Games

Published:07 October 2015

CQUni discus thrower Taryn Gollshewsky pictured (centre) during the medal ceremony at the Australian University Games. Steven Tripney, first-year undergraduate distance student (CQUni Sydney campus) also won gold with a 14.88m triple jump.

A games record discus throw of 54.87m helped CQUniversity student Taryn Gollshewsky lead the line for her team at the recent Australian University Games on the Gold Coast.

Bundaberg-based Taryn's gold medal winning throw was more than 3m better than her nearest competitor in the women's discus element of the Games.

Taryn also helped out our Mixed Touch team showing true team spirit to the Universals. Taryn and her mum, Tracey, loved having fellow team members support and watch her Discus events after being the sole competitor for the AUGs for a number of years.

Steven Tripney, first-year undergraduate distance student (CQUni Sydney campus) also won gold with a 14.88m triple jump.

Steven celebrated the AUGs along with his wife and seven-month-old baby who travelled from Sydney to be a part of the Games. Steven has already made accommodation arrangements for the Perth AUGs for next year and the Universals look forward to him again being a part of the team!

Our Black Belt competitor Kathleen Smith travelled from Toowoomba to compete, coming a fine second to her opponent and becoming a Silver Medallist.

Other results:

Green and Gold Merit Selection
Green and Gold Merit awards recognise and reward outstanding performances at National Australian University Sport events. Our following three students received this prestigious award: Taryn Gollshewsky; Jackson Hughes; Justin Cridland.

Men's 200 Metre Sprint
Nilau Kon (CQUni Brisbane campus) made the semis in 200 Metre Sprint, just missing out on Finals by 0.02 of a second. Nilau is very motivated to compete in 2016 and shows a strong sense of commitment to his sprinting and can't wait to take out finals next year.

Men's Touch
Our men's touch team won Silver in the competition which is an incredible achievement for our debut into the Australian University Games. Two of our touch team members, Jackson and Justin, were also awarded the Gold and Green Merit Award.

Mixed Touch Team
Our mixed touch players were up against odds with lower numbers compared to other universities, however they still managed to take out a win with high spirits. The physical endurance and dedication of this team were particularly noted.

Rugby 7s
Our Rugby team overall ranked 16th and have already commenced plans for next year's competition expressing enthusiasm and dedication to establishing a student-led CQUni Rugby 7s program.

Cricket T20
Undoubtedly our most passionate sporting team, our Cricket team consisted of a diverse membership including international postgraduate students who highlighted that representing their University has been a great honour and an incredible experience. The Sportsmanship and representation of our Cricket T20 team were second to none.

Team manager Jana Paris says that, overall, our entry into the Australian University Games was an overwhelming success. 

"Our students are very motivated and appreciative to be a part of the Games and the Student Representative Council is very excited and committed to leading our sporting students into further success," Jana says.

"Our students gained new friendships, a sense of University community, a healthy sporty competitive edge and pride and spirit in representing CQUniversity. Our Universals uniforms stood out among the crowd and were well received by our students. Our University name was promoted and represented in a high standard and the University should be incredibly proud that we are providing this exceptional and memorable student sporting experience.

"Special thanks to Jenny Roberts, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience and Governance) who has made our Universals entry into the Games such an exceptional success!".

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