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5 SYDNEY UNI SPORT & FITNESS MAGAZINE There’s something for everyone. “ You’re only as old as you feel and I feel great”



Learning a skill and having a whole lot of fun. More than just a swim school.

SUMMER 10 Feeling extreme? Test your limits and hang out with this club.




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THINGS ARE HEATING UP... ROAR 5 is ready for summer and all that it brings - heat, holidays, barbecues, sport and sun – you’ve got to love a Sydney summer.

Spring has already delivered a few surprises with a dust storm, chilly wintry days, gale force winds and some off the scale heat waves. We’ve already seen a few brave souls bearing their winter bodies up at Narrabeen for a dip.

No matter what condition we’re in, summer is the time to get out and get active. Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness provides the opportunities, the venues, the equipment, the trainers and the teams. And we are here, right on your doorstep.

Speaking of heat we’re expecting some red hot action when the ACUVUE Sydney Uni Flames take to the court this season. Read about their exciting line-up for 2009/2010 on page 17. We look forward to blistering success from the Flames – let’s hope our ladies can increase media coverage for women’s sport for all the right reasons!

The Compass program between the University of Sydney and the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) is all about getting kids to see university as a real choice for their future. SUSF is thrilled to be part of showing them how to get the most out of Uni in and out of the classroom!

Whatever stage of life you are at, make the most of your neighbourhood University and check out Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness. There is something for EVERYbody.

Rob Smithies

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Editor Ross Xenos Deputy Editor Shari Wakefield Creative Direction RGC Pty Ltd Editorial Coordinator Lea Carswell, Thumbnail Contributing Writers Michelle Cario Graham Croker Sally Done Neil Finlay Robert Morrison Aaron Scott Rodney Tubbs



12 Be active Be healthy Get involved

Contributing Photographers Roger Barnes Fred Etter Getty Images Milbank Photography Reuters Karl Schwerdfeger Ted Sealy David Stanton SYDNEY UNI SPORT & FITNESS Executive Director Robert Smithies Corporate & Alumni Relations Manager Rodney Tubbs Elite Athlete Program Manager Ian Evans Elite Athlete Performance Manager Martin Harland Finance & Administration Manager Tony Jackson Marketing & Membership Manager Ross Xenos




Operations & Facilities Manager David Shaw






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Features 7

TRENT FRANKLIN A long and successful national and international career has landed this lion at the top of his sport. By Shari Wakefield


22 WHY PARENTS LOVE SYDNEY UNI SWIM SCHOOL Kids get a kick out of learning freestyle. By Shari Wakefield

3 Welcome 6 Latest News 12 Facilities Guide 14 Membership Options

10 Australian Basketball: A Rosy Future? Can the NBL compete on a world stage? BY Aaron Scott

26 COMPASS: POINTING TO THE FUTURE An exciting initiative that guides kids onto new paths for their future. By ROSS XENOS

17 The Flames: Ready to Burn With the return of ‘Batgirl’, the Sydney Uni Flames are looking hotter than ever By Rob Morrison & Graham Croker

24 For The Kids 27 Club News and Directory 32 Events

SPECIAL INSERT ‘BLUE&GOLD’ NEWSLETTER The latest from the ‘Blue & Gold’ club including a wrap of the functions so far and what’s yet to come.



AFL The annual Sydney AFL awards recognised the brilliance of the Sydney University Australian Football Club, capping off a very successful season including the U18s and Division 4 Reds taking out their respective premierships. Midfielder Brydon Coles was awarded the 2009 Phelan Medal, polling two votes in the Students’ final round victory over UNSW-Eastern Suburbs to overtake Pennant Hills co-captain Alastair Richardson (he had led the count from Round 14 after polling three consecutive Best on Ground votes). Rugby Union Sydney University Football Club has again shown they are undoubtedly the strongest club in NSW rugby, securing the First Grade Premiership for an astonishing fifth season in a row - as well as an unprecedented fifth consecutive Colts Club Championship. All Colts teams made the finals with First Grade Colts collecting a third successive title with a 32-18 win over Southern Districts and Second Grade Colts winning a fourth successive title with a 17-16 win over Eastern Suburbs at Concord Oval. Third Grade Colts gave up a 17-point lead in going down 19-17 to Gordon, and Third Grade in the seniors lost 6-3 to Gordon in a tryless grand final.


Rugby League After clinching the minor premiership, Sydney University First Grade bowed out of the Rugby League Tertiary Cup competition [down 22-16 to Lewisham Old Boys (University of Notre Dame)] in the final. The Rugby League Club’s Second Grade had ended their season the week before, losing their minor semifinal 20-18 to the University of Western Sydney, though they did win the Club Championship for 2009. Soccer Sydney University Soccer Football Club created history this year when the club’s Men’s Under 20 and Men’s First Grade teams made the finals of the NSW Super League competition. This is the first time both teams have contested the semifinals in the same year. The women’s Premier League reserve grade and U16s teams also made the finals in the top tier of women’s football in NSW, though unfortunately, none of the teams were Grand Final victors. 6 ROAR

Matt Jaukovic beats Swine Flu and the Commonwealth Record Economics/Law scholarship holder Matt Jaukovic recently broke his own Commonwealth record in the 50m butterfly at the Telstra Australian Short Course Championships, taking 0.12s off the old record, and missing the World Record by a mere tenth of a second. Just six weeks before he was in quarantine in a Serbian hospital suffering pneumonia and Swine Flu!


It’s the final count-down… Looking back at the strength of our football clubs in 09.

Seven students from the Sydney University Ultimate Frisbee Club were selected for Australian teams. Great news from Poland Sydney University oarsmen Nick Hudson, Matthew Ryan and Francis Hegerty have won silver medals at the 2009 World Rowing Championships at Poznan in Poland. Hudson teamed up with Jarred Bidwell, David Crawshay and Dan Noonan in the quadruple scull to closely finish second behind Poland. Poland crossed the line in 5:38.33, with Australia following in 5:39.66 and Germany rounding out the top three in 5:39.85.

It is a season that Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness should be very proud of; a season that has once again proven Sydney University is home to some of the best sporting clubs, not only in Australia, but in the world. Rob Smithies, Executive Director.

Hegerty, James Marburg, Cameron McKenzie and Ryan, led the men’s four to second place behind Britain. The men’s four almost duplicated their Beijing results with Britain finishing in 5:47.28, followed by Australia (5:49.20) and Slovakia (5:51.11). Sydney University was also represented at the World Championships by Sally Kehoe (4th in the women’s double sculls), Bronwen Watson (5th in the women’s lightweight double sculls) and Sarah Cook (5th in the women’s pair).


Making a

SPLASH! Water polo great, Trent Franklin, is an outstanding athlete, whose achievements in the pool are mindboggling. Add to these his superb mind for business and his contribution to the Australian Olympic Committee Athlete Commission as the Deputy Chairman, and there is no doubt that Trent is a perfect role model for young athletes studying everywhere. BY SHARI WAKEFIELD What did you want to be when you grew up? Very early on I knew I wanted to be an Olympian. Over time I worked out that it was important to have other career paths but in the beginning the Olympics were a priority. How did Sydney Uni help you achieve your goals? Sydney Uni is a unique environment. For those sports people not even looking to study at university, I want to say that a number of the elite sporting clubs are still the best thing for sport. For people like me who did want to study at Sydney Uni, the combination of elite sport and the highest standard of education was such a bonus. The assistance from Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness, with the Science and Economics & Business Faculties, was so helpful. In your words, Sydney Uni is… A great opportunity for those that want to achieve their dreams and goals. How have things you learned in the sporting world impacted your career? Sport teaches you determination and drive, and, in a large team sport like water polo a lot of patience with people. All these things translate so well into

business. If you can travel in a water polo team for 2 months without too much trouble you are certainly ready for dealing with teams of people in a professional environment. Do you have any ‘Sporting Superstitions’? I don’t like to be the first into the water at training. Come to think of it that probably isn’t superstition but it certainly is a preference I won’t be changing any time soon. Who is your Sporting Idol? Tennis legend Roger Federer. Career Highlight? Competing at two Olympic Games has been such an honour. The penalty shootout at the Beijing Olympics certainly remains a moment that will be hard to forget. Winning a shootout is always a great feeling however doing it at an Olympic Games is hard to top. Future Ambitions? I want to continue with the growth of my firm, Enrizen Financial Group. In water polo I also want to regain the national league title for Sydney Uni. Depending on how we go and how much I am still enjoying training perhaps I’ll make a run towards the London Olympics.

If you could invite three people to dinner, who would they be? Miranda Kerr, Barack Obama and, of course, my mum. Where would we find Trent Franklin on a beautiful summer’s day? Ideally on a very large motor boat kicking back. What is your favourite thing to cook? It isn’t exactly cooking, but a Saturday morning after training, I really enjoy a triple-decker sandwich of egg, bacon and hot English mustard. Where is your favourite travel destination? Barcelona is by far my favourite; one of the few spots we travel to frequently that is such a great place. We are normally in fairly remote locations when we travel however Barcelona is such a wonderful city. I guess I appreciate it so much more because of some of the locations we go to. Who are you reading/listening to/ watching right now? Entourage and House are high on the agenda for viewing. I am reading “The Second Bounce of the Ball: Turning Risk into Opportunity” by Ronald Cohen.


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NEW MASTERS TAKES EXERCISE PASSION TO THE NEXT LEVEL. New Master’s degree opens doors in a variety of physiology fields from occupational to sports or rehabilitation. By MICHELLE CARIO ith weight issues and obesity affecting one in two Australian adults and Type 2 diabetes now one of the leading causes of death in Australia, the potential of exercise strategies to address the growth in chronic disease and maintain a fit and healthy population is undisputed. The Australian Government confirmed this through the inclusion of exercise physiology services under the Medicare allied health initiative in 2006 and the University of Sydney has now launched a Master of Exercise Physiology program to allow graduates to prepare for accreditation in the field. “Being able to demonstrate that a program that you have written has improved a physiological trait of an individual is my favourite part of being an exercise physiologist,” says Matthew Dwyer, Health and Fitness Officer with the NSW Fire Brigades. “In the NSW Fire Brigades this might mean increasing a fire-fighter’s aerobic capacity or reducing their blood pressure through an exercise and diet intervention.” Originally drawn to the profession by a love of exercise, Matthew completed his Cert III and IV in personal training before realising that this study only scratched the surface. “It was not until I started studying exercise science that I realised that exercise prescription was only one area. It was at the same time that I realised there was much more to exercise physiology than working with healthy populations in the gym.” “Exercise physiology focuses on applying evidence-based, best-practice principles to prevent or effectively manage chronic disease, injury and disability, as well as maintain or improve health and fitness.” says Associate Professor Martin Thompson, Convenor of the Exercise, Health and Performance Research Group at the University. “Exercise physiologists work with a range of clients, from those suffering from chronic conditions such as heart disease or high blood pressure, to helping



“My role is to ensure that the fire-fighters have a cardiovascular system that can handle these (high) demands.” patients rehabilitating from stroke or injury.” Matthew’s role as an exercise physiologist with the fire brigades focuses on the field of occupational exercise physiology. “A fire-fighter is required to wear approximately 25kg of protective equipment and work in a very hot and stressful environment – all of these factors place high demands on the cardiovascular system. My role is to ensure that the fire-fighters have a cardiovascular system that can handle these demands.” The new Master’s program, offered by the University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, is designed to provide graduates with the 500 hours of supervised clinical practice required

to gain accreditation with the Australian Association of Exercise and Sports Science. Once accredited, graduates will be qualified to gain a Medicare provider number and be ready to work in a range of settings including private practice, corporate industry, hospitals and community centres. “The main advantage of undertaking an exercise physiology degree is that it opens up so many different career opportunities for you in a variety of fields from occupational to sports, or rehabilitation,’ comments Matthew. “It is an area that continues to develop, but formal study in exercise physiology provides an important base that allows you to pursue your specific area of interest.” n ROAR 9


Basketball: Back to Basics. Australian basketball is in a peculiar position. By AARON SCOTT staff writer inside sport magazine



n the one hand our national teams are robust. The Boomers finished an admirable seventh at Beijing, beating Russia and Lithuania before being eliminated in the quarters by the United States. The Opals, meanwhile, as defending World Champions and Olympic silver-medallists, are bracketed with the Yanks as the strongest team in the world. Our junior ranks are equally powerful. At this year’s U19 World Championships the men cranked out impressive wins over France and eventual bronze-medallists Croatia, before falling to Greece in the semis. In young forwards like Brock Motum and Cody Ellis, the future of the Boomers looks assured. Similarly, the women were dominant at their U19 World Championships, demolishing all comers before a shock loss to Canada relegated them to a fifth place finish. Again, young talent like Eva Afeaki and Deanna Smith herald a gleaming future for the Opals. So the future of Australian basketball is rosy, right? Well, not quite. Because, on the other hand, the NBL is a shell of a league; just eight franchises based primarily in second cities, with no teams from Sydney or Brisbane and just one from Melbourne. Traditional superpowers the Kings and the Bullets have folded, as have last season’s premiers the South Dragons. The league has no naming rights sponsor, Fox Sports has pared back its television coverage, newsprint devoted to the league has shrunk to bare millimetres and crowd figures are in freefall. So, does basketball have a future in Australia’s sporting market place? Perhaps the first thing basketball needs to accept is that the boom years of the 80’s and 90’s are gone. Back in those halcyon days the NBL was shaping as a genuine contender to the AFL and NRL as a definitive presence in Australia’s sporting landscape. It was professionally organised, its marketing was slick; it was riding high on the glitz of Michael


Jordan, the cool of the Chicago Bulls. For those who wanted more basketball than the ABC’s single NBA game a week, then the local league was the answer. And so the indoor stadiums across the country were packed week in, week out. Those days are gone for good because, at any given time, and on a host of television channels, we can sit down and switch on an NBA game. We can get a basketball fix from the biggest league on earth whenever we want. And how can the NBL compete with that? As the world has globalised, so has basketball. (Take this for an example: a Russian nickel oligarch, Mikhail Prokhorov, is currently bidding US$700million to buy the New Jersey Nets.) In this global market, the NBA is all-dominant, the European leagues united under their Euroleague competition are a significant force, and the Asian leagues, particularly China’s, are expanding at an exponential rate. By contrast, the tiny, eight-team NBL is a miniscule presence that will continue to get marginalised. In order to survive then, the NBL needs to take a leaf from its compatriot, the WNBL. Our women’s league hasn’t imploded over the past decade, because it’s a small scale competition, run on a shoestring, that has carved out its own small niche. It is suburban-minded and community-oriented. It doesn’t have pretensions to being a mega-league. This is the future the NBL must adopt. It must become sustainable; it must regain its modesty and go back to its community roots. It must develop clubbased teams rather than privately-owned franchises. And this doesn’t mean all our basketballing talent will exodus the country for cashed-up foreign leagues. The presence of dual Olympian and current Seattle WNBA centre Suzy Batkovic with the Flames this season is proof some of the superstars will want to give back to the national leagues that lifted them to prominence in the first place. n

John. When I arrived to start the session, they thought I was lost. The eldest guy in the room was 22. Surely a man of my age wasn’t really about to complete his qualifications as a Master of Personal Training – well I did. I’ve never looked back.  You’re only as old as you feel – and I feel great. John “Sparrow” Dowse.The oldest man to ever complete studies with the Australian Institute of Fitness, aged 70. Premiership winning ‘Student’ in 1954, UCLA Rugby Scholar 1956, Australian Wallaby 1961. Our Senior Wellness Instructor since 2006.

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UNIVERSITY SPORTS & AQUATIC CENTRE Corner Codrington Street and Darlington Road (beside the Wentworth building). Tel: 02 9351 4978 Fax: 02 9351 4982 Opening Hours Monday - Friday: 5.30am-10pm Saturday: 6am-8pm Sunday: 6am-10pm Splash out in the University Sports and Aquatic Centre (USAC) with its wide range of fitness services, indoor swimming pool, state-of-theart cardio and resistance equipment and group fitness classes by Les Mills.


The Centre is home to: • 50m heated indoor swimming pool • 6 synthetic grass tennis courts • 4 squash courts • Multi-function sports hall • Modern fitness equipment • Group fitness studio


• RPM Studio • Health assessments • Fitness testing • Personal training • Cafe ARENA SPORTS CENTRE Arena Sports Centre, Western Avenue. Tel: 02 9351 8111 Fax: 02 9351 8105 Email: Opening Hours Monday to Friday: 6.30am - 10pm Saturday: 8am - 5pm Closed on Sunday Be noticed at The Arena while you improve your lifestyle and build fitness. Passholders receive fitness assessments, programs and follow-ups every 8 weeks. Sporting clubs, schools and private groups can book the facility in consultation with the Centre Manager on: 02 9351 8111. The centre gives you: • Extensive weights room

• Yoga classes • Personal traning • Modern cardio equipment • Multi-purpose sports hall (including badminton) • The Ledge Climbing Centre • 2 squash courts • Ralph’s cafe • Sports clinic LEDGE CLIMBING CENTRE Arena Sports Centre, Western Avenue. Tel: 02 9351 8115 Opening Hours Monday - Friday: 12pm - 10pm Saturday - 11am - 5pm Closed on Sundays & Public Holidays Move up in the world at The Ledge. Experience rock climbing, one of the world’s fastest growing indoor sports. The Ledge Climbing Centre offers over 300 metres of textured walls up to 8 metres high and a variety of vertical and overhanging wall systems complete with aretes, roofs and slabs.

Safety at the Ledge: • Climbs range from beginner to advanced. • Experienced staff on hand for coaching and assistance. • Specialised high-standard safety equipment. All firsttime climbers must complete a thorough safety orientation session. Casual climbing and bouldering is open to all. Both Beginner an Intermediate climbing programs can be organised on request. For school bookings, contact: Peter Butcher on: 02 9351 8115. Discounts apply. HK WARD GYMNASIUM Grose Farm Lane (between Oval Nos. 1 & 2) Tel: 02 9351 4988 Fax: 02 9351 4990 Email: Opening Hours Monday - Friday: 11.30am - 10pm Saturday - Sunday: 9.30am - 6.30pm

Get among the elite at HK Ward Gym. Situated between the two main ovals of the University, it’s a focal point for high performance sports, recreational activities and club sport. Hire your choice of sports equipment at reception: cricket kits, volley ball kits, and badminton racquets. Change room lockers are available for casual and permanent use. Conditions apply. Gym features: • Martial arts facility • Multi sports hall • Boxing ring and gym • Group fitness studio • Boxercise and kick boxing classes • Ergometer training • Sports equipment hire Casual and permanent bookings are available for clubs and individuals, either in person at the reception or by phoning: 02 9351 4988

THE GRANDSTAND RESTAURANT & FUNCTION CENTRE The place to meet – perfect for sporting celebrations (and post mortems!) The Grandstand Restaurant is located in the Bruce Williams Pavilion on No.1 Oval, in the grounds of historic Sydney University. Open Monday to Friday, except for public holidays, and is open to all for lunch daily until 3pm. Takeaways are also available. The Grandstand Function Centre is available for weddings, dinners, birthdays, fund-raisers and cocktail parties. Seating 150 people comfortably, the venue is available for hire at competitive rates. For booking enquiries please contact: the Venue Manager Tel: 02 9518 6222 Email:



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THE GREAT NEWS ABOUT PILATES. Making your body work for you - like tennis great Roger Federer or golfing champion Tiger Woods. By SALLY DONE Performance is about core control as well as power and strength. It’s the efficient and co-ordinated use of your core and global muscle systems (not how long you can kneel on a Swiss ball!) This stability through your core enhances your limb activity, providing a secure base to work from and minimising “wasted” muscle activity. For example Tiger Woods’ strength is directed into his swing, because he doesn’t have to waste effort keeping his balance. Two main muscles systems control body movement: Type 1, superficial, global, movement muscles, and Type 2, deep, core, stabilising muscles. Type 2 muscles move our limbs and work at high loads, leading to fatigue and that “burn” feeling after intense exercise. Type 1 fibres lie close to the joints to provide control and stability, working constantly


under low load without our awareness. These include our Transverse Abdominus (the corset) and our pelvic floor (yes boys have them too.) Recruiting core, Type 1 endurance muscle is the aim of Pilates stability training, providing the basis for more efficient global muscle activity. Hence Federer’s ability to generate power in his one-handed backhand, while sliding on one foot, without raising a sweat! Lower back pain can be the result of an injury or poor muscle efficiency due to particular loads being placed upon our bodies, such as altered posture during pregnancy or prolonged sitting slumped in front of the computer. Recent research has shown pain stops the core muscles from switching on, which results in overuse of other global muscles and stiffens up joints. This sets up a spiral

pattern of increased pain, reduced core activation, worsening muscle recruitment patterns and increased risk of further injury. Pilates can interrupt the cycle. Back pain or not, Pilates is an effective form of exercise, retaining muscle coordination and increasing core stability. For athletes, improved core stability and enhanced muscle efficiency will improve your performance on the sports field. Though I can’t guarantee you will be the next Tiger Woods! n Sally Done is an experienced, qualified physiotherapist (Sydney University, 2002) and clinical Pilates instructor. She works full time at PeakPhysique Physiotherapy. Sally has also worked with rugby, AFL and gymnastics teams and is currently the physiotherapist for the Sydney Uni Flames.


I SUMMER 2009 - 10

The 2009 ‘Blue & Gold’ Rugby Luncheon was held at the Four Seasons on Friday 21st August. The entertainment commenced with Adam Spencer dissecting the remarkable winning streak of Sydney Uni’s 1st XV with: Damien Hill … Shute Shield-winning co-coach 2006 and Head Coach 2007-08-09. • Daniel Halangahu … our pivot in 5 consecutive Shute Shield victories and the player who led the NSW Waratah’s revival in the 2009 Super 14 competition. • Tom Carter … the NSW Waratah inside centre who has now chalked up more than a hundred 1st Grade games and 4 Shute Shield victories with Sydney Uni. After mains, the principal fare of the day was the much anticipated annual ‘Blue & Gold’ Debate. The Low- Life Academia team of Adam Spencer and Hottie van der Stratten (aka Rhys Muldoon) negating the propositions that the Super 14 needs more Australian teams and that South Africa should to join the Six Nations instead. Affirming the proposition, The Gentlemen of Rugby featured Greg O’Mahoney, returning to the ‘Blue & Gold’ Debate after a lengthy Rhodes Scholarship sabbatical, paired with the voice of Rugby and debutant debater, Gordon Bray. Although the Low-Life Academia case was mounted on the foundations of wonderful humour and exceptionally clever wit, neither of these attributes impressed the totally biased adjudicator, former ARU President Mr Phil Harry, who awarded The Gentlemen of Rugby their thirteenth consecutive “surprise” victory! There’s always next year, Adam. •

Adam Spencer in fine form moderating the Water Sports Lunch panel of Keesja Gofers, Nick Hudson and new Sydney University student and Olympic Gold Medallist Matthew Mitcham.

The ladies of Sydney University Rowing, with coach Alan Bennett.

On Friday 18th September 2009, the ‘Blue & Gold’ repertoire of sporting functions was further expanded with the successful running of the inaugural Water Sports Luncheon at The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay. The intimate gathering of 110 guests was regally entertained by Adam Spencer’s first panel of elite athletes, who are all Sydney Uni undergrads: •

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Jeremy Davie … the standout centreforward who scored 17 goals at the recent Junior World Water Polo Championships in Croatia. Matt Jaukovic … our resident world record breaking swimmer in the 50m short course butterfly. Sally Kehoe … a consistent World Rowing Championship medal winner and 2008 Beijing Olympian. After more sumptuous cuisine, Adam’s second panel of elite athletes

included one Sydney Uni graduate and two undergrads: • Keesja Gofers … a 2007 Junior World Water Polo Championship gold medallist, who is following in the footsteps of her Olympian sister, Taniele. • Nick Hudson … the graduate with a 2009 World Rowing Championship silver medal in the men’s Senior A Quad. • Matthew Mitcham … the Beijing gold medallist who produced the ‘best ever’ dive in Olympic history. The ‘Blue & Gold’ Club is very fortunate to be able to access such outstanding talent at all of our sporting functions. This reaffirms why more and more ‘Blue & Gold’ Club members are using these events to do some cost-efficient and memorable corporate entertaining. May this trend continue! Rod Tubbs BLUE & GOLD 1



Phil Waugh with SUSF President Bruce Ross (left) and Hartley Anderson.

Current students and Wallabies - Phil Waugh, Luke Burgess and Dean Mumm entertain the audience, before the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour.


(L-R) Dean Mumm, Greg Mumm, Ian Evans, Peter Wolnizer, Bruce Robertson and Luke Burgess enjoy pre-drinks.

Olympic and World Championship Silver Medallist Francis Hegerty (right) with Christian Renford and Georgie Lee of Rowing NSW.


Stuart Clark (centre) plays Rod Tubbs probing with a straight bat; with Francis Hegerty & Natalie Porter.


Upcoming Events n Traditional Golf Day St Michael’s Golf Club Wednesday 21st October A “not-too-challenging” teams event, but with Ian Evans from the Elite Athlete Program with Blues Clive Cooper and Trent Franklin.

trophies also for “selfish Singles players”.

n Xmas Hamper Golf Day St Michael’s Golf Club Wednesday 25th November More than a golf day, with every player taking home a stunning Christmas Hamper.

n Flames WNBL Lunch Watersedge Restaurant Lynn Joseph with Ann Mitchell, President of the Blues Association.

Double Blue Kathleen McCredie receives her pin.

Thursday 3rd December Celebrates the achievements of this State’s foremost women’s basketball team against the backdrop of the gorgeous Sydney Harbour. Australia’s best known female basketball personalities discuss experiences and escapades in both international and domestic basketball.

n CRICKET LUNCHEON Date and Venue TBA The nation’s leading cricket commentators will Jane Spring with Alex Tahmindjis at the Blues Pin Function.

Rodney Tubbs discusses tales of a SUFC with Wallaby Dick Tooth.

dissect the Australian Summer of Test, One Day and Twenty20 cricket, whet our appetite for Australia’s upcoming cricket challenges including reclaiming the Ashes in the summer of 2010 - 11.

For advanced table bookings DAVID STANTON

(ensuring the best seats in the house) contact Rodney Tubbs on 9351 7958 or Mac Chambers (centre) with Des Henderson-Kelly and his wife Helen Henderson-Kelly.



It’s Never Too Late to Become a Member of the ‘Blue & Gold’ Club! n What is the ‘Blue & Gold’ Club? It is a coterie of individuals and business organisations who share a passion for sport. They use our popular ‘Blue & Gold’ sporting functions as an affordable and really memorable way of entertaining themselves and their guests. Although ‘Blue & Gold’ sporting functions date back to 1997, the concept of a ‘Blue & Gold’ Club was launched three months prior to the Sydney 2000 Olympics at a function attended by 750 “good sports” and Lord Sebastian Coe as the principal guest speaker.  The ‘Blue & Gold’ Club celebrated its 10th birthday in May of this year. The ‘Blue & Gold’ Club allows sporting enthusiasts to maintain or create links with Australia’s premier University and its rich sporting traditions.  All monies raised go towards the promotion of sport at Sydney Uni. The various functions all have a special ingredient – that ‘Blue & Gold’ difference – which enables them to stand out from the crowd.

n Functions with a Difference The ‘Blue & Gold’ difference is the large doses of University wit that are an integral part of all ‘Blue & Gold’ functions. Be prepared for wonderfully spontaneous and clever humour! Adam Spencer (of ABC Breakfast Radio fame) is our resident panel moderator and there is no funnier ... nor incisive ... interviewer in the business. At all ‘Blue & Gold’ sporting functions you and your guests will enjoy rubbing shoulders with both the sporting luminaries on the panels and with our own élite athletes.  Sydney Uni has now produced 103 Wallabies and 115 Olympians/Paralympians.

n Member Benefits Individual and corporate members of the ‘Blue & Gold’ Club receive significant discounts on the cost of function bookings and Golf Day entries. They are kept up to speed by receiving three editions of the ROAR magazine each year.  They are also entitled to prominent entries in the ‘Blue & Gold’ business directory, which introduces their products/services to the ‘Blue & Gold’ extended family.

Applications for new membership of the ‘Blue & Gold’ Club after 30th June 2009 will entitle the applicants to Club membership through to the end of 2010 for the price of just one year’s subscription ($55 incl GST for individual members and $220 incl GST for corporate members).






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Opals star and recent Flames signing, Suzy Batkovic-Brown, catches up with Robert Morrison.


uzy Batkovic-Brown is excited. Really excited. Twenty minutes after this interview was scheduled to finish she is still talking. She’s laughing and joking, avidly proclaiming you just can’t beat the Aussie weather and how she’s missed Vegemite. She explains though, not even trying to hide a wry smile, that what she’s been looking forward to most about coming home is, “tearing it up with the Flames girls.” “Batgirl” has returned to the WNBL, and she couldn’t be happier.

The return of

BATGIRL. When Batgirl starts for the Flames this season, she will virtually be stepping into an Opals line-up. She will further bolster an already impressive Flames squad that this year has already seen the return of Mikaela Dombkins and past Opal Natalie Porter, and welcomed new signings Ellie Manou, Deanne Butler and Opal Deanna Smith. This group will be added to the likes of Opal Eva Afeaki, to give the Flames one of the strongest teams they’ve ever assembled. A Novacastrian born and bred, Batkovic-Brown has spent the last seven years abroad, building a reputation in the WNBA and Euroleague as one of the most dominating centres in the world. ROAR 17




Standing at an impressive 193cm, the cheeky Batkovic-Brown has just successfully finished the 2009 WNBA season with the Seattle Storm. “I love playing for the Storm,” she says. “They picked me up as a rookie in the 2003 draft and at the time that was a massive break for me. I’d always wanted to play overseas and as soon as I got the opportunity of course I took it. It wasn’t easy at first being away from home and everyone I love, but if you want to be a professional basketballer it’s what you have to do. I realized pretty quickly that if I wanted to stay I had to suck it up.” And suck it up she did. In her rookie season Batgirl, as the Seattle crowd affectionately dubbed her, averaged 6.2 points a game and 3.2 rebounds. “Basketball in the US is massive,” she says. “You never get tired of playing in front of a packed stadium.” Batgirl had returned to Seattle in 2009 after leaving them in 2005 to pursue a career exclusively in Europe, playing for Italian giants

couldn’t let it get to us because we still had a championship to fight for back home. We pushed through and less than a month later we won the Serie A Championship. It was a really nice way to wrap up my career with Taranto.” Batgirl didn’t have much time to savour the victory. As soon as the season ended she hopped straight on a plane to Australia, but this time not for basketball. She came home to get married. In May this year, with an all-star Opals line up as her bridesmaids (Lauren Jackson, Penny Taylor and Trish Fallon), Batkovic (not yet -Brown at this point), led one of the tallest bridal parties in history when she married fiancé Matt Brown in Cronulla in Sydney’s south. “That really was the happiest day of my life. My family doubled that day but it feels like it’s tripled,” she jokes. But again, such is the life of Batgirl, only six days after the wedding she had to go back to the US for the 2009 Seattle Season. It is this

it will no doubt bring training to a whole new intensity.

Cras Basket Taranto, whom she had previously played for in the WNBL off-season. In her final season with Taranto, Batkovic-Brown helped lead the team to not only a EuroCup final series, where they devastatingly lost to Turkish side Galatasaray on aggregate by nine points, but also the Serie A 2008-09 Championship. This, as well as the fact she is a three-time Olympian, has two Olympic silver medals (from the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games), is a world champion (winning the 2006 world championship with the Opals in Brazil), and is a former WNBL player of the year (2002), has made Batkovic-Brown one of the most successful players Australia has ever produced. “I’ve never really thought of it like that,” she says laughing. “I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve done, but it’s my job. What I love about basketball though is all the places you can go everywhere you go is a totally new experience. The basketball fans in Europe are some of the most passionate in the world. The day we landed in Galatasaray for the second leg of the (EuroCup) final I truly felt like a rock star.” “There were people everywhere, lining the streets with flags and horns, and when we played the game the atmosphere in that stadium was like nothing I’d ever experienced before.” “Although we were devastated to lose, we

hectic life that led Batgirl to decide, it’s time to come home. “I’ve played in the US and Europe eight years straight now. I’m ready for a break. Obviously, getting married and leaving six days later was not ideal – for five months after our wedding I’d only seen my husband for two weeks. I think it was the right time to go home and have a break.” “My family is really important to me and they were a huge factor in me coming home. It will be nice for them to come to the games.” While Suzy’s family is delighted to have her home, the Sydney Uni Flames are ecstatic. A few weeks ago Karen Dalton, Flames head coach of the last nine years, received a phone call she was not expecting. “It was actually Suzy who approached us,” says Dalton. “I couldn’t help but keep asking her, ‘so you want to come to the Flames?’ Of course, all of us here are over the moon about her decision. A player that’s played at the level Suzy has for that long is always going to be a phenomenal asset to any team, not only on match day but also at training and in the change room. We’re really excited by her playing for us again this season and it’s a senior role that Suzy is really looking forward too.” Despite making seven out of the last nine grand finals, the Sydney Uni Flames have ROAR 19


not won a WNBL title since 2000-01. Ironically, Batgirl was the standout player for the Flames that year. In the 200910 season, the now more-experienced Batgirl will be looking to lead the Flames to another, and very overdue, Championship. “It’s nice to be back in the WNBL where there’s not as much pressure on me, but I’m still here to win,” she says. Batgirl will don the No. 9 singlet this season and play in the centre, finally occupying the low post hole the Flames have been struggling to fill for years. “It’ll be great to have a legitimate centre this season,” says Trish Fallon, former Opal, WNBA representative and current administrator for the Flames. “We’ve played a number of girls there and they’ve done a good job but against some other teams, who’ve got the big 6’6” and 6’8” girls, there is only so much they can do. Suzy’s height and presence will definitely make a difference.” Fallon was no doubt referring to 18-year-old sensation, Liz Cambage, from the Bulleen Boomers, who stands at 6’8” and weighs 110kg. “Suzy will be great for the young girls in our squad,” Fallon says. “For them to train against someone who’s played at that level is a great experience and it will no doubt bring training to a whole new

the now more-experienced SUZY will be looking to lead the Flames to another, and very overdue, Championship. intensity. But it’s also good for Australian basketball as a whole. Girls like Cambage want to play against the best and Suzy can also help develop those girls too.” When asked why she was returning to the Flames when she could have chosen any team in the country, Batgirl answers with unmistakable admiration. “I wouldn’t dream of playing anywhere else. Karen is an amazing coach and I couldn’t imagine playing for anyone else. What’s more

Karen has compiled a really outstanding roster this year.” The 2009-10 Flames season will definitely be full of excitement and one to watch very closely. With practically an Opals line-up, the Flames’ play will no doubt reach a new speed and skill level that is set to impress. One thing is for sure though, Batgirl has returned, and the WNBL had better watch out. n



W hy parents love

By Shari Wakefield


Sydney Uni Swim School S

ydney Uni Sport & Fitness is more than just a gym! We cater for the kids as well – with junior sporting clubs, swim school programs, tennis classes and competitions, school sports programs and school holiday camps. Leanne Seddon, local business owner and mother of 6, is one BUSY lady. Yet, she seems cool and collected as she sits down to have a chat about why her children are with the Sydney Uni Swim School and the Sydney Uni Swim Club. Currently, she has four (Rorie, 12, Emelye, 11, Calunn, 10 and Orynn, 7) of her six children involved in swimming with the fifth (Arie, 3) about to start. Oarcen – 14 months, is still a little too young. The troop began swimming in Tempe, but switched to SUSF for its professional program, locality and superior facilities. As we sit behind glass in the bistro area, watching the children in the pool, Leanne comments, ”The café is great - I really enjoy sitting down and having a coffee while the kids are having their lesson. And the fact that I can watch them through the glass is a bonus”.


I ask if Leanne would recommend the Swim School to her friends. She smiles and pulls out a copy of the Swim School brochure – “I already do!” she laughs ”When people ask me where my children swim I always pull out the brochure. That’s my son inside you see – the one with his goggles on upside down. I tell my friends that it is proof that they’ll take anyone.“ As we chat, people are constantly waving at Leanne and calling out that they’ll be back for a chat. She’s pretty popular. “No,” she says with a laugh. “Sydney Uni Swim School and Sydney Uni Swim Club provide a great community environment. The staff are friendly, it’s a relaxed atmosphere, and the kids have made


some great friendships”. Running a small business on top of entertaining six children in the afternoon means Leanne doesn’t have time to fight with her children about doing something they don’t enjoy. ”The great thing about swimming here is that the children look forward to coming. They want to participate in the competitions with their friends; it’s challenging and I don’t have to push them,” says Leanne. ”Swimming in the afternoon means the kids can release any

tension from school that day and I find that they are more relaxed afterwards”. So get your children into swimming and provide them with a great form of exercise and entertainment, plus a skill for life. Please contact the Swim School to make an appointment for a swimming assessment. n Telephone: (02) 9351 8735 Email: swimschool@sport.

STOP THE PRESS Sydney Uni Swim Club has been awarded Australian Unity ‘Swim Club of the Year’ at the 2009 Australian Swimming Awards, held in Canberra on October 7.



The Ultimate Children’s Sport Experience By Neil Finlay


he Australian Bureau of Statistics reported in 2004 that 62 per cent of Australian children aged 5-14 years participated in organised sport. That equates to more than 1.6 million Aussie kids who are regularly invovled in sport for a variety of reasons. Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness is dedicated to encouraging children and sport through school holiday camps and school-based programs. Much research has gone into why young people play sport and what they enjoy about it: • To have fun with their friends • For excitement and enjoyment • To experience challenge, achievement and personal responsibility • To improve their skills.


A number of factors influence a young person’s decision to play sport and also to drop out. We do know that young people do not enjoy sport when: • There is an overemphasis on winning, by parents, coaches and others. • They don’t get enough playing time • They cannot play with their friends because of imposed grading systems • There is high praise for the best performers and little acknowledgement of others • They are made to feel uncomfortable • The coach is overly authoritarian. We all need to remember to keep the child’s best interests in mind and think about what they may want to achieve through their sport. Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness specially designs camps to keep every child engaged, entertained and happy. Through programs such as the Multisport Camp children of all backgrounds and ability develop a multitude of sporting skills in a fast-paced, ever changing environment – and there is sure to be an activity throughout the day that every child can succeed at. According to local mum, Karen, ”Hayley loves coming home and letting me know about the new sports that she tried that day. Her favourite sport last winter was Archery – I don’t think it mattered if she had hit the target or not, the main point was that she tried something new with her friends and the teachers made it fun”. We have also created special one day camps focusing on Fencing, Ultimate Frisbee, Martial Arts and Touch Football. These camps rotate around the seasons, expose children to new sports and give young minds a little longer to grasp a specific skill. ”James isn’t a sports fan,” said Mary. “He didn’t enjoy playing football when he was six, and he dropped out of tennis when he was seven – but he loved the Fencing Camp. He loved it so much that he has now participated in the Junior Fencing Short Course at Sydney University.” Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness provides a safe and fun environment for your children to develop their skills with the benefit of world-class facilities, experienced coaches and opportunities to be mentored by leading athletes in each sport.

Powering young bodies and minds Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness, in association with Sydney Markets, provides fresh fruit to all of our young campers – giving them the energy they need to get through the rigours of their day. But what about when they’re at home? Here are some tips and tricks to help you …


Don’t stock sweets in the house Have nutritious foods available e.g., fruit in a bowl, yoghurt in the fridge, bananas in the freezer and homemade treats (in moderation) where you have control of the amount of sugar that has been added. If a special treat is warranted take the children out of the house to make it more of an event.

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Don’t raise a couch potato Limit ’screen time’ (TV, computers and video games) to two hours or less per day. Make sure you also follow this rule. Exposure to different foods Children avoid unfamiliar foods, not just healthy ones. Keep putting asparagus on the plate, and don’t get angry when he/she doesn’t touch it for two months. You want to breed familiarity, which will lead to experimentation. They’ll become fans without resentment, because it was their decision.


Don’t demonise food Don’t really talk about what is healthy; just provide healthy foods. Kids learn by watching you, not from lectures about saturated fat. Don’t withhold dessert until the vegetables are gone; you’re teaching them that ice cream is the prize, and they can avoid green beans whenever you’re not around. Most importantly, never go to extremes and say “no fast food” and so on; that’s likely to push them into the things you’ve forbidden.


Don’t talk diets While it seems harmless to say, “You need to cut down on lollies to get back in shape” this introduces the defeating notion of ’going on a diet’. They need to view eating well and maintaining a healthy weight as ‘something they’ll be doing for their whole life’ not just as a destination they can aim for now and then.



“When I grow up….” Whether it’s to be a vet, engineer or leading economist – The Compass program is helping the next generation.

Students from low socioeconomic backgrounds are significantly underrepresented in Australian higher education. Typified by low levels of personal academic achievement and aspiration, and collectively low secondary school completion rates, they face significant hurdles in their quest to enrol at University. Nevertheless, once enrolled these students have similar patterns of retention and success as those from other backgrounds. The Participation and Equity Review commissioned by Universities Australia in 2008 identified multiple ways to address these barriers, including direct work with underrepresented schools, activities to support school retention, programs to raise awareness of higher education, alternative pathways to tertiary study, financial support, incentives (such as scholarships), and first-year transition programs. 26 ROAR

The Compass program is a partnership between The University of Sydney, NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) and selected secondary and primary schools across Sydney that aims to increase school completion rates, raise community expectations, student attainment and aspiration. In addition to a wide range of activities, projects and intensive, student volunteer-based programs for students, the Compass program offers accredited professional development for teachers and the opportunity for engagement with the University by the broader school community, particularly parents. And so, enter sport. Through a series of initiatives operated under the joint coordination of Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness and Compass, children from a select group of primary and secondary schools in NSW have

been able to experience a different side of University life – enjoying rock climbing at The Ledge, running football drills on No. 2 oval and learning about the many options that University presents outside of the classroom. Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the international Olympic committee and the renowned father of the modern Olympic games said: ‘Sport must be the heritage of all men and of all social classes.’ At its essence, and as its involvement in the Compass program has shown, sport has the ability to transcend all hurdles and inequalities – acting as the universal language. For this reason, Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness is proud to be a supporter of the Compass program, and proud to be a part of making a difference within the minds and bodies of the next generation. n BY ROSS XENOS

CLUBS Join a club! There are so many to choose from and they’re open to everyone.


Many analogies have been made about business and rowing – analogies which conjure ideas of teamwork, analogies which conjure ideas of commitment, analogies which conjure ideas of achievement. Francis Hegerty is a high achiever. He is part of the Sydney Uni Boat Club and an Olympic silver medalist. Not bad for someone who only took took up rowing in order to keep fit in the Rugby offseason, during his time at St Joseph’s College in Sydney. On beginning studying Hegerty joined SUBC - one of the oldest sporting Clubs at Sydney University, one of the five founding clubs of the Sports Union and one of the oldest rowing clubs in Australia, having been established in 1860. Now, rowing is not just a pastime.

AFL The Sydney University Australian Football Club, run entirely by its members, is the oldest Australian Rules Club in NSW and the fourth oldest in Australia. The men’s club has four teams competing in the Sydney Football Association, providing opportunities for both elite players and beginners. The women’s club is continuing to grow with two teams competing in the Sydney Women’s AFL competition. Over the past 25 years the club has won seven Senior first grade flags and have been runners up five times.

American Football The American Football Club, established in 1984, fields an open team (Sydney Uni Lions in Division 1) as well as an under 18 team (Sydney Uni Cubs in the Colts Division) in Gridiron New South Wales, the highest level of competition for American Football in the state. The Lions have won 10 NSW championships in the 25 years of competition, including the past 6 years consecutively. The Sydney Uni Cubs have won 5 NSW championships in their 15 years of competition.

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Hegerty not only participates in a highly disciplined sport, that requires a lot of commitment, but he has chosen to continue his studies at Sydney University in the Faculty of Economics and Business – achieving at a higher rate than the average student. ‘I think it’s a great thing [his Masters] to have on the side. It is an invaluable tool to take into the future,’ said Hegerty. Being part of the Faculty of Economics and Business community and the SUBC community, means that Hegerty has had valuable educational and sporting secrets bestowed upon him – so that he too might rise above and do great things. But the mark of someone great is not the car he drives, or the house he lives in, or even the boat he rows. Nor can it be rocognised by the Silver Olympic and World Championship medals that hang around his neck. What makes someone a great is the ability to inspire change within people. ‘Elite athletes and elite people in any institution are the creators of the future,’ said the Dean of the Faculty of Economics. And for this change to occur elite athletes and elite people must understand teamwork, as the Dean of the Faculty of Economics said great people ‘believe in a genuine team effort – they sign up for the aspiration and they do not let you down.’ Whether Hegerty is in a boat or around a boardroom table, he works hard to build a community and ‘make it click’ - recognising the achievements and efforts of not only his crew members, but those who row for the club and the wonderful work of the coaches including Phil Bourguignon, Alan Bennet, Mark Prater and James Macartney. n

Archery The Sydney University Archery Club, established in the 1970s, caters to all levels of archery, from the beginner to the elite. Members compete in various competitions through Archery NSW and Archery Australia at club, state and national levels. Currently the club has a member ranked in the top 20 in the Australian Ranking list. Email:

Athletics The Sydney University Athletics Club, established in 1878, is one of the oldest athletics clubs in the country. The club is for athletes of all abilities from elite to social, and from undergrads to veterans. The club competes in a wide

range of competitions around Australia including national and state championships, state relays and Athletics NSW all-comers events, in both the summer (track) and winter (cross country/road walks) seasons. For more information go to: www. or Email:

Badminton The Badminton club provides open opportunities for men and women, from elite to beginner players. The Badminton Club is affiliated with the Sydney Badminton Association Inc. and competes in all of the association’s tournaments, as well as various intervarsity



competitions throughout the year, including the Australian University Games and the Eastern University Games. For more information go to: www. or Email:

Baseball The Cynics, established in 1904, fields three teams that are open to both students and members of the public. The club plays in the Sydney Winter Baseball League, the highest level league in NSW. Their Pacific Coast team plays in a more social league to foster development among players. The club is a great place to play baseball, and is always looking for new members. For more information go to: www. or Email:

Basketball The Sydney University Basketball Club has both men’s and women’s teams playing in various Sydney competitions. In 2004, Sydney University took ownership of the Sydney Uni Flames, which competes in the Women’s National Basketball League. The Sydney Uni Flames take pride of place as our signature women’s program. For more information go to: www. or Email: (Flames)

Boat (Men’s Rowing) The Sydney University Boat Club was established in 1860. The club, together with the women’s rowing club, competes as Sydney University in the club, State and National Championships and includes members of the Australian squad. For the past few years Sydney University has been the leading competitive rowing club in New South Wales. The club has won the Honours Trophy at the NSW Championships for scoring the most points at the championships for the last seven years. Also, at the 2008 National Championships, the club won the “Centenary Oar” for the most points. For more information go to: www.

Boxing The club offers something for all levels, from non-contact aerobic fitness classes to amateur competition for men and women. Training is held in a dedicated boxing gym at HK Ward Gymnasium. In 2008 the club celebrated its centenary as well as lifting the ban on competitive women’s boxing in NSW for 2009. For more information go to: www. or


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Fencing The Sydney University Fencing Club is the oldest University fencing club in NSW, founded in 1945. The club, consisting of more than 100 members presently, welcomes members of all standards. The club has a large amount of equipment available for the use of members, offering training with foil, epee and sabre.

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Canoe/Kayak The Sydney University Canoe Club caters to all levels of people who just want to paddle! The student and alumni run organised trips around NSW for beginners as well as trips for those who want to take on high grade rapids. The club conducts white water canoe/kayak weekends and competes in canoe polo leagues and tournaments around Sydney. The club also utilizes a canoeing facility at the Penrith Whitewater Course. For more information go to: www. or Email:

Cricket The men’s club has eight teams that compete in the Sydney Grade Competition that caters from the elite to social player. The Universities Women’s Cricket Club also has 1st and 2nd grade competing in the Sydney Women’s Grade Competition. The women’s club also organizes a twilight 12 over social competition. or Email:

Gymsports The Sydney University Gymsports Club is a thriving recreational and competitive club for adults. The Club features a very social general gymnastic program, welcoming gymnasts from all disciplines, including artistic gymnastics, trampolining, acrobatics and aerobics. The Club supports artistic gymnasts competing yearly in State Stream, invitational and Masters Competitions. As well as this, the Club features a Nationally-ranked cheerleading program. This program includes a cheerleading and dance team, and competes regularly in National and State competitions. For more information go to: www.sug. or Email:

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Handball The club enters men’s and women’s teams in the NSW Handball League. It is open to everyone from beginners to international representatives. During summer, the club plays Beach Handball and arranges social competitions for those interested in trying out the game.

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Cycling and Triathlon The Sydney University Cycling and Triathlon club became part of the athletics club in 2008. It enters competitors in a number of cycling and triathlon events throughout the year, including the Australian University Championship, NSW State Cup and NSW Club Championships. For more information go to: www.

Judo The Sydney University Judo Club is the oldest judo club in Australia, founded in 1954 by Gary Grennan and Andy Shepherd. The club competes in all levels of judo competition, from national and state to local competitions and Australian University Games. SUJC is run by students, has black-belt instructors with international experience, and is the most affordable judo club in NSW. Over the last four decades, SUJC has trained nine Olympians and numerous Australian representatives. For more information go to: www. or Email:

Kempo/Karate The club conducts classes for all levels throughout the year, focusing on self defense skills and coordination. Email: kempokarate@sport.usyd.

Kendo Since 2004, Sydney University has offered Kendo, a traditional Japanese fencing martial arts practiced by the samurai. Today it is both a martial art as well as an internationally competed sport. The club practices kendo to cultivate one’s mindfulness, respect and diligence, through physical training. A practitioner is able to achieve high sense of reflex, alertness, fitness, speed and coordination. The club is for all levels of students, with beginners’ courses and active participation to all level of tournaments. For more information go to: www.

com or Email: or

Hockey The Sydney University Hockey Club is one of the largest clubs with numerous men’s, women’s and junior teams. The men’s teams play in Premier A Sydney competition while the women compete in both the Eastern Districts Women’s Hockey Competition and the Sydney Women’s Hockey League. The club sends teams to University Games. or Email:

Netball The Sydney University Netball club, recently joined as a part of the City Of Sydney Netball Association, is open to all abilities. The club has three teams entered in the NSW State League competition and a team in the NSW Regional Inter-district competition. Social players can

compete in the weekend club and social competitions. The club also sends women’s and mixed teams to the University Games. For more information go to: www. or Email:

Rock Climbing and Mountaineering The Sydney University Rock climbing and Mountaineering Club is not a competitive club. Instead, it fosters the development of rock climbing as a social sport for men and women. SURMC runs trips on weekends to give members the opportunity to climb outdoors during the semester, as well as indoor climbing which takes place all year around at The Ledge. There are opportunities for elite climbers in the club to compete in state and national events; however there are currently no members involved in these competitions. For more information go to: www.

Rowing The Sydney University Rowing Club was established in 1960s. The club, together with the men’s boat club, competes as Sydney University in the club, State and National Championships and includes members of the Australian squad. For the past few years Sydney University has been the leading competitive rowing club in New South Wales. The club has won the Honours Trophy at the NSW Championships for the scoring most points at the championships for the last seven years. Also, at the 2008 National Championships, the club won the “Centenary Oar” for the most points.

Rugby Union The Sydney University Football Club is one of the strongest clubs in the NSW rugby union competition. The Club caters for a range of players through to the elite level. The Club won the Club Championship for the fifth successive time in 2008, along with the Colts Club Championship for the fourth successive time, 1st Grade Premiership, Colts 1 Premiership, Colts 2 Premiership and Colts 3 Premiership. The women’s club enters a team in the Sydney competition.

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Rugby League The club has 2 teams and welcomes new members. The club also encourage and supports players to participate in NSW and Australian representative teams. or Email:

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For more information go to: www. or Email:

Sailing and Boardsailing The Sydney University Sailing Club is based down out of Woollahra Sailing Club in Rose Bay on the harbour. The club runs courses for university students in partnership with WSC under the YA/RYA training scheme. Members participate in club, state and national class events using the club boats. The intensive

courses are run during the semester and cover everything from start sailing through to start racing. A number of weekend social trips are organised each semester which provide the perfect opportunity to escape the city for pure sailing. For more information go to: www. or Email:

Ski The Sydney University Boarders and Skiers Club, established in 1997, hosts approximately 2000 members and is the largest Sporting and Recreational University Club in Australia. The team has experienced huge success over the years, taking out the top spot at the Australian University Championships in 2002, 2003 and 2007 and in 2004, 2005, 2006. For more information go to: www. or Email:

Soccer The Sydney University Soccer Football Club caters for players of all abilities from elite to beginner. It enters both men’s and women’s


Feeling extreme? By Shari Wakefield

Push your body to the limit with Sydney University Rockclimbing and Mountaineering Club - it’s the cheapest way of experiencing outdoor climbing, and suits climbers of all experience levels. Rockclimbing is a physically and mentally demanding sport, one that tests a climber’s strength, endurance, agility and balance, along with his or her mental control. It can be dangerous and knowledge of proper climbing techniques is crucial for the safe completion of routes. But the rewards are exceptional (just look at this shot captured from a climb this year). “The club is very social with a good mixture of climbers; those more experienced actively pass on knowledge to new members,” said James, a member of Sydney

Chalk up your hands – come on, amazing sights await… University Rockclimbing and Mountaineering Club. The Sydney University Rockclimbing and Mountaineering Club runs a fantastic range of outdoor climbing trips throughout the year, catering for beginners to advanced climbers. The club also meets for a regular indoor climbing session every Wednesday evening at The Ledge. There is scope for members to climb competitively, or to just enjoy the evening with like-minded climbers. With an emphasis on fun and safety, the club aims to foster the development of rock climbing and mountaineering in a social environment. Members from all backgrounds and ability levels are welcome to gain the skills and experience needed to thrive in the vertical world. n


teams in the NSW Super League. It also enters a large number of men’s teams in the Eastern Suburbs Football Association and women’s teams in the Gladesville/ Hornsby competition. For more information go to: www. or Email:

Softball Softball has been very successful over the years at the Australian Uni Games, and will be looking to defend the title in October. All players are welcome! Email:

Squash The Sydney University Squash Club provides an ideal opportunity for players of all abilities to improve their game. The club members play in competitions against other squash clubs in Sydney as well as fielding men and women teams that compete in the Sydney Pennant Squash Competition. Club members who are students are eligible to play Inter-Varsity against other universities. The Club also provides free practice twice a week. For more information go to: www. or Email:

Swimming The Sydney University Swimming Club trains at the University Sports and Aquatic Centre. All levels of experience are catered for, from beginners to the elite. The club competes in all levels of competition from club nights to state and national events, as well as Eastern and Australian University Games. In 2008, the club earned ‘Gold Status’, as one of Australia’s leading swimming programs. For more information go to: www. or Email:

Table Tennis The club provides table tennis from the beginner to the elite level. It enters regional competitions as well as University Games. We meet at HK Ward Gymnasium regularly during the week with coaching available. For more information go to: www. or Email:

Taekwondo The Taekwondo club, started in 2001 welcomes people of all experience levels the opportunity to learn the Korean martial art and Olympic sport of Taekwondo. Classes teach kicking, sparring, self-defence and the core traditional aspects of Taekwondo such as spirit, focusing on improving an individual’s health and fitness while learning in a fun, safe and social environment. For more information go to: www.tkd. or

Tennis Founded in 1885, the Sydney University Lawn Tennis Club enters teams in the Metropolitan Grass Courts Clubs Association Badge competitions and other competitions conducted by Tennis NSW and the NSW Hardcourt Tennis Association. The club organises weekly social tennis for club members at the Manning lawn courts. The Tennis Club’s representative teams compete annually at the Australian University Games. Email:

Touch Established in 2001, the Sydney University Touch Club provides opportunities for students to participate in touch in social to challenging competition, including University Games,

Vawdon Cup and State Cup. The club conducts a weekly mixed competition providing students and community members the opportunity to play competitive touch in a social environment on a regular basis. For more information go to:www.

Water polo The Water polo Club provides opportunities for members to play water polo at all levels. The club has junior programs, social teams and beginner teams right up to first grade. Both men’s and women’s teams compete in the National Water Polo League. or Email:

For more information go to: (Men) or

Ultimate Frisbee Sydney University Ultimate Frisbee is open to all ability levels, entering many local, state and national tournaments. It has an important social aspect and remains competitive at University Games where the club has posted excellent results since the sport’s inclusion. For more information go to: www. or Email:ultimatefrisbee@sport.usyd.

Volleyball The Sydney University Volleyball Club enters men’s and women’s teams into the Australian Volleyball League, as well as teams in local and state competitions. The club has done particularly well in University competitions, with the men’s team coming first in the country in 2000. Also, the men’s and women’s teams won the NSW University Games often over the past few years.

(Women) Email: (Men) au or (Women) waterpolowomen@

Water ski and Wakeboard The Water ski club informally began as early as the 1960s. The club offers an opportunity for all abilities to enjoy organised trips throughout the year. The club’s season runs from late September to late April, offering organised water ski days for members at Riverside Ski Park at Cattai, on the Hawkesbury , about one hour north-west of Sydney. For more information go to: www. or Email:

Wrestling The club welcomes all levels of wrestlers from beginners looking for a social sport experience to elite level competitors. Email:

For more information to go: www. or Email:



October 2009 - January 2010

Cricket Home Games

Flames Home Games

All home games are played on No. 1 Oval. Round 4 2 days vs. Manly – 17 & 24 Oct 2009 Round 5 2 days vs. Blacktown – 31st Oct & 7th Nov 2009 Round 7 2 days vs. North Districts – 28th Nov & 5th Dec 2009 Round 10 1 day vs. Campbelltown – 16th Jan 2010 20/20 MATCHES Round 1 vs. UNSW – 25th Oct 2009 Round 3 vs. Easts – 22nd Nov 2009 th


Blue and Gold Traditional Golf Day at St. Michael’s GC 21st October 25th November Xmas Hamper Golf Day at St. Michael’s GC 3rd December Flames WNBL Lunch at WatersEdge

All Home Games are played at Sydney Uni Sports and Aquatic Centre. Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 8 Round 10 Round 11 Round 13 Round 14 Round 15

Saturday, Oct 10th 2009 – vs. Dandenong 7pm Friday, October 16th 2009 – vs. Bulleen 7pm Friday, October 23rd 2009 – vs. Canberra 7pm Friday, October 30th 2009 – vs. AIS 7pm Friday, November 20th 2009 – vs. Adelaide 7pm Wednesday, December 2nd 2009 – vs. AIS 7pm Saturday, December 12th 2009 – vs. Townsville 7pm Friday, January 8th 2010 – vs. Bendigo 7pm Saturday, January 16th 2010 – vs. Logan 7pm Friday, January 29th 2010 – vs. Logan 7pm

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