On Thursday, we welcomed Monash's Indigenous University Games teams to Monash Sport, where they were busy honing their skills in a couple of practice matches ahead of the 2017 Indigenous University Games.
23 students from across all Monash campuses will be attending the Indigenous University Games, held in Geelong, at Deakin University from June 25 - 29.
This is the first year Monash University will be represented by two teams. Both teams will be contesting mixed netball, volleyball, basketball and touch football.
This is an excellent opportunity for our Indigenous students to engage in cross-institution activities. Which is extremely important as these students will be connecting and networking with Indigenous staff and students from most Australian Universities in a friendly setting.
One of our students, Samantha Hyde, spoke of the importance of the opportunity to represent Monash: "Having the Indigenous Games available to us has enabled the Indigenous students to strengthen connections with other Australian Universities. It also brings the Indigenous students at Monash together and have a fun, great week for everyone involved."
Liam Ketchup, another Monash student going to the games also added: "It’s a great opportunity to bond with our peers and showcase our ability to work as a team while having fun - and to flog other Universities."
The group would like to thank Professor David Copolov AO, for every year contributing a generous donation towards providing support for the Indigenous University Games. In addition to The Monash Student Association (MSA) and the Indigenous representatives; Jayden Crozier and Bryda Nicols also have worked hard on providing financial support to make it possible to attend, to Monash Sport for assisting with bookings and practice games.
We wish both teams the very best of luck at the 2017 Indigenous University Games.