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I ss u e 3 M o n day 4 J u n e 2012
the samurai strike again
for the UTS Surfing Team
Steven Le appointed NSW State captain Although it was Victoria who had the edge in the final placings, the talent of UTS competitors at the 37th Kendo National Championship in Canberra definately did not go unnoticed. For runners up Steven Le and Jayson Chaplin, selection success came from the practice, skill and determination both athletes demonstrated in their divisions and individual matches. Their performances secured their positions in the NSW State Kyu and NSW State Dan Teams.
They may be winding down their very successful Sunday surfing sessions, but there’s no doubt the UTS Surfing Club is winding up for Surfing AUC’s. it’s not how long you ride the wave, but what you do on that wave while riding it! Twelve super keen UTS surfers will be making the pilgrimage up to Lennox Head to compete at the intervarsity surfing championships this month. Squeezing out of the van into their wetties, they’ll take to the waves. Some will represent on their short boards, others choosing something a tad longer, while a few will ride the swell on body boards. Whatever their chosen apparatus we can’t wait to see the results this team will bring back to Sydney.
Steven Le, Jinny Lai, Ariel Kwok, Kai Huang and Jayson Chaplin Picture
2012 Korean Kumdo Championship In the recent Korean Kumdo Championship Sigmund Bautista and Steven Le both made it to the quarter finals in the individual Kyu events. Taek Yang placed 2nd in the Dan individuals and Jinny Lai placed 3rd in the Open Women’s division rounds. But it was smiles all round when the UTS team took victory over USyd’s team in a close finals match. Franco Lay was awarded the Encouragement Award and Jinny Lai and Thomas Seggie both winning the Fighting Spirit Award.
100KM in 36 hours
The challenge required 4 team members including Kevin Lai, Karena Shell, Puru Karki and Stevie Easton to trek 100km within 36 hours in the beautiful World Heritage wilderness of the Blue Mountains.
UTS Outdoor Adventure’s saving the wild 1 step at at time.
They climbed mountains, crossed rivers and endured aches, pains, cramps, chaffing and blisters all in the name of the environment to raise funds for The Wilderness Society and they did it! The team raised over $1,900 to protect the wilderness.
Think that’s crazy….well that’s just the type of challenge our OAC club members get excited about.
Do you want to explore the wilderness with the OAC? Go to www.oac.org.au and check out the adventures they have planned for the rest of the year - bushwalk from Bundeena to Otford, camping and climbing in Nowra, or a pilgrimage to Arapiles.
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Eyes on our Elite
athletics Degree: Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication “Abi is now only a step away from reaching international level” says coach Sean Williams With weekly mileage now averaging 80km of running, plus hours each week on strength, flexibility and a range of recovery methods Abi Reagan is stepping middle to long distance up a notch. Her incredible commitment to her sport, plus great drive and willpower, has seen Abi achieve remarkable things including building herself up to her current level, which is national class at the elite/ senior level. All of Abi’s best races have been during this current 2011/2012 track season, smashing her PB in races against the best elites vying for Olympic selection line up in the “track classics” around Australia. So far, Abi has come in the top 8 in both the Hunter Track Classic in Newcastle and the Zatopek Track Classic in Melbourne. Abi will be one of the favourites to win a medal in the NSW championships and a chance of a medal in the Australian championships. Abi will also start in the Olympic trials 1500m. With a solid year of training abroad as she winds up for exchange, the goal is international representation in 2013.
Kieran Roche competing at the Port Stephens Olympic Triathlon
Kieran Roche Triathlon Faculty: FEIT Degree: Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), Dip. Engineering Practice Kieren came from a swimming background and after making the the transition to triathlons has been competing in the sport for close to 6 years. He has made a name for himself in the Australian Junior Triathlon Series and the NSW Pro Tour achieving podium finishes. keiran qualifies for Australian ITU Junior squad After Kieran’s recent 4th place performance in the Australian Championships and 5th place in the Oceania Championships held in Devenport Keiran has secured himself a position on the Australian ITU Squad for the a 4th consequtive year. HIs selection was based on his performances in the Australian Junior Triathlon Series including races above races and his performances against the National Performance Standards. These amazing results come from a true dedication to training where his coach of 8 years, Troy Sullivan has seen Keiran “...show a great desire to always improve himself and what he lacks in pure talent, he makes up for with a great work ethic. He has great passion and commitment to his chosen sport of Triathlon that has seen him earn the respect from his peers he deserves” . The Junior TEAM will be announced by Triathlon Australia on or about the week beginning 3 September 2012. Good luck Keiran!
Abi Regan at the Sydney Track Classic
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tagging to the top
UTS Oztag team steal gold from the favourites at the
The largest senior Athletics Club in Australia - UTS Norths Athletics continue to add to the club’s long list of achievements during the Track & Field season at the State & National Championships and the London 2012 Olympic selection trials.
Eastern University oztag Championships UTS teams took to the fields on Sunday 29 April at Macquarie University under grey and gloomy skies. In a reversal of fortunes last years defending champions both made it through to the grand finals only to be relegated to 2012 Runners-Up – thanks to UTS!
Australian Olympic Selection Trials Men
In almost a repeat of last year Australian College of Physical Education managed to scrape themselves into the Mixed competition final where they took on the undefeated UTS Mixed 1.
• Evan O’Hanlon 1st 100m Ambulant 10.88, Evan O’Hanlon 1st 200m Ambulant 22.22, James Gurr 3rd 800m 1.46.45, James Kaan 4th 800m 1.48.31
Undefeated all day long....
In 2011 ACPE were able to cause a major upset in the final, however it wasn’t to be in 2012 with UTS Mixed 1 taking out the Mixed title with an 11 - 6 victory. This victory capped off an amazing day for the UTS Mixed 1 team who went through all 7 games on the day undefeated!
• Abigail Regan 6th 1500m 4.21.43, Miranda Middleton 6th 3000m S/C 10.50.42
UTS 2 had a very strong day as well finishing 5th on the table. The whole day was a great success for UTS Sport; special thanks must go to Amy Isberg of the sports office who coached both teams in the lead up to the competition. This was a great start to the UTS Intervarsity Sports Year and now we turn our attention to Eastern University Games!
Australian Track & Field ChampionshipsMen • James Kaan 2nd 1500m 3.48.00, James Gurr 3rd 800m 1.48.51, Jacob Holt 4th 400m H 54.05, James Conner 8th 1500m 3.52.59 Women • Charlotte Jane Wilson 4th 3000m Steple Chase 10.54.98, Abigail Regan 5th 1500m 4.26.15 Visit www.utsnorthsath.com.au
UTS Mixed 1 taking on ACPE in the Grand Final