A sporting chance of making friends during Chancellor's Cup

Published:19 August 2019

Rockhampton's Larah Fedalto and Sydney's Neeraj Atwal found themselves competing on the same team during this week's Chancellor's Cup.

Students from across Australia have been able to make new friends thanks to a team-mixing policy at this year's Chancellor's Cup.

Sydney-based Master of Management for Engineers student Neeraj Atwal and Rockhampton-based Professional Communication student Larah Fedalto found themselves competing for 'South Australia', as part of the move.

Neeraj, originally from India, was playing to his strengths in both soccer and basketball and was excited by the chance to meet new friends.

Aussie competitor Larah was strongest at touch football but said her new team members had also helped her learn more about basketball.

CQUniversity students from a dozen campus and study centre locations - as far afield as Perth, Cairns and Melbourne - converged on Rockhampton North campus this week for the annual Chancellor’s Cup sports event.

Around 120 students competed in 10 regional teams across basketball, soccer and touch competitions.

Games culminated in an Awards Dinner on Wednesday evening, featuring Olympian Mark Knowles OAM as guest speaker.

In welcoming the competitors, Vice-Chancellor Professor Nick Klomp said that sport was a great way to stay healthy while underpinning the University’s values, including engagement, a can-do attitude, openness, leadership, and inclusiveness.

“Playing sport with people who come from different backgrounds, different sporting experiences and different campuses will show a unity that we hope turns into lifelong friendships,” Professor Klomp says.

CQUniversity’s Associate Vice-Chancellor (Rockhampton Region), Kim Harrington said the Chancellor’s Cup started in 2008 and had gone from strength to strength ever since.

“This event shows our commitment to sports and camaraderie and gives our visiting students the chance to explore our great Rockhampton North campus,” Ms Harrington says.

The 2019 Chancellor's Cup awards:


1st Rockhampton

2nd Victoria

3rd Mackay Whitsunday

Touch Football:

1st Rockhampton

2nd Wide Bay Burnett

3rd Mackay Whitsunday


1st South East Queensland

2nd Rockhampton

3rd Wide Bay Burnett

Team Spirit:

Townsville North West

Chancellor's Cup Best overall Female

Lauren Becks - South East Queensland

Chancellor's Cup Best overall Male

Joel Hicks - Rockhampton

Chancellor's Cup 2019