From Dhaka to Bhutan, Chancellor’s Cup the flavour of the month
Published:10 April 2018
TOP: Md Mahbub Islam Khan from Dhaka in Bangladesh and Shaili Shirish from Surat in India (competing for Melbourne Campus). MID: Pramila KC from Kathmandu in Nepal, Tenzin Namgyal from Bhutan, and Munkhtuya Baatarkhuu from Mongolia (competing for Sydney campus). BELOW: Action from the competition.
An engineer from the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan gets to play basketball with an earthquake reconstruction specialist from Kathmandu and a former Mongolian energy industry employee.
Meanwhile, an IT systems student from Dhaka gets to play touch football with an aspiring marketing specialist from India.
And cricketers from Australia and dozens of other countries celebrate or commiserate over the fall of every wicket.
That’s the spirit of the CQUniversity Chancellor’s Cup, which has been held every year since 2008 at the Rockhampton North campus.
Students who have originated in some of the world’s most densely populated cities have been overjoyed about the regional campus setting and the roaming kangaroos.
The North Queensland and Central Queensland teams were the dual overall winners of the Chancellor's Cup 2018, with 13 wins each. North Queensland won the basketball final over Melbourne, Sydney won the cricket final over Central Queensland, and Central Queensland won the touch final over North Queensland.
The Player of the Series award was presented to North Queensland basketball player Bryce Chapman from Cairns, who received the highest number of votes per match, as nominated by match officials for outstanding sportsmanship.
Melbourne Campus team member Shaili Shirish, from Surat in India, said she had “never really heard of the game of touch football” but had enjoyed the competition and the social opportunities.
The Chancellor’s Cup was conceived to celebrate sport and to create an affinity between students based at a range of CQUniversity campuses, which can be thousands of kilometres apart.
This year, the 190 competitors represented 10 CQUni locations but combined to form five teams: North Queensland, Central Queensland, South-East Queensland, Sydney and Melbourne.
They not only competed in mixed touch, mixed basketball and mixed cricket but also enjoyed karaoke and other social events.
Teams were welcomed on Monday evening before competing across Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
Chancellor John Abbott and former Australian cricketer Jimmy Maher presented medals and trophies on Thursday evening.