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I s s ue 2 Tue s day 8 M ay 2012

EUG’s count down is on! 53 days 18 hours 3 minutes UTS Sporties are getting their ‘GAME ON’ for Eastern Universtity Games in Tammworth. the goal: 4th overall points victory in 5 years... With Eastern University Games just 2 months away the UTS team is in overdrive recruiting and preparing teams for a 4th overall point’s victory in 5 years. The headline sports for UTS will be Netball and Touch Football with UTS Netball going for an incredible 4th consecutive EUG’s Mixed Netball Title and 3rd EUG’s Women’s Netball Title - an already great effort from a club only 4 years old! Also looking mighty strong in the lead up to what will be an intense week are the Ultimate Frisbee, Basketball, Tennis and Rugby 7’s teams.


water warriors reach No. 1 UTS Rowing Club reaches new heights After the 2012 Rowing Nationals UTS have been crowned the best club in NSW! UTS finished 2nd overall on the medal count at the 2012 Nationals making them the only NSW club to be placed in the top 10 in Australia. This amazing effort by UTS athletes at the tittles has led to 8 rowers being selected for National Team trials and Olympic selection. This can be attributed to the outstanding efforts from the club and a great reflection of the hard work from everyone involved including, the coaches, athletes, the UTS Union and UTS. UTS Rowers have powered on and continued their campaign to to represent Australia a various 2012 World Rowing Championships. Rod Chisholm has been selected to represent Australia in the Men’s Lightweight Double Scull at the Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne this May. While Laura Dunn, Katty McKeever and Oli Zuk have been invited to the non-Olympic Senior A Selection regatta for the Australian Team which started in April. Also striving for selection were Sarah Pound trailing for the U23 team and Jessie Allen and Kiri English Hawke working for a place in the Australian Junior Team and NTID Team.

It is without doubt that UTS will have another successful campaign and will be a major force to be reckoned with. So buckle up for the cold Tamworth games which commence on the 1st July 2012!

Kick boxing get healthy the sweaty way

Written by President Ben Ly Kickboxing is a combative sport that has a rich history amongst the professional sporting world, personal trainers, gyms and the media with the introduction of large promotional companies such as the UFC. But what is the true essence of kickboxing? Why do people do it? Why is this seemingly brutal sport so popular with both sexes? The best way I can answer this question is with this video Best-Friends-Square-Off-In-Kickboxing-Final. The video shows two best friends meeting in the final of a large tournament. Just after the referee instructs the the two competitors to engage, the

Rod Chisholm in action

two friends remove their boxing gloves, meet in the centre of the ring and establish who the winner is through a simple game of scissors, paper, rock! After the winner has been crowned, the two give each other a friendly hug and raise the others hand in victory. This is what kickboxing is about; it is a very effective form of self-defence; it is an excellent way to get fit; but more importantly the sport is built on mutual support and comradery. Rather than beat each other up, the two friends who have trained hard, perspired and hurt together couldn’t bring themselves to

hurt one another. UTS Kickboxing establishes an excellent ground for social equality and support with both men and women crying together in unison as they complete 100 push ups, collapsing in a heap on one another after performing 3 minutes of burpees and uniformally hating the instructor that is yelling at them. Kickboxing at UTS pushes team members to their limits both physically and mentally helping students to realise their true potential, confidence and the reality that they can be as good as they want to be.

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athlete watch Eyes on our Elite

Hayder Shekera taekwondo

The Elite Athlete Program Launch on 18th April welcomed over 100 elite and emerging athletes in to the sporting scholarship program for 2012. We have an enormous array of talent in an equally diverse array of sports this year. With UTS students excelling on water, land and ice. Each month in UTS Sport we will introduce this talented group of students to you and uncover their skills in the less talked about sports such as skeleton, bmx and clay shooting to your more common rugby, rowing and tennis.

Georgina Gotch Rowing After spending last week at the Australian Selection Trials Georgie has been named in the Australian Junior Rowing Team in the Women’s coxless 4 to compete in the World Junior Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria from the 15th-19th August this year.

Hayder Shekera in training

Top 25 in the world “Hayder is one of my finest students. He shows amazing talent and possesses experience and dedication that I have only seen in other Olympic athletes’” says his coach Ali Khalil. That experience and dedication has him inches away from an Olympic debut. In a sport where only a few high level competitors get a chance to compete internationally, Hayder has hit the world stage representing Australian dozens of times since 2006. His appearance at the World Championships in 2009 and 2011 were outstanding and have recently gained him a position in the Australian Olympic Shadow team where he will be touring with the team for the London 2012 games.

Georgina Gotch on the water

This campaign will have Georgie involved in a highly intensive training program based in Sydney, two preparation camps at the AIS in Canberra and a pre-departure camp based at Rowing Australia’s training facility in Varese, Italy. Georgie is no stranger to the tough training that lies ahead. At the 2011 National Championships, Georgie won both the U19 Women’s Eight and well as the U19 Women’s Pair. These huge accomplishments saw here competing at National Selection Trials where she dominated in the women’s pairs and was first selected in the Women’s Coxless 4. Georgie then went on to compete in the 2011 World Junior Rowing Championships in Eton, London. It has been only 5 years since Georgie first took to the water in 2007. Her school program offered the opportunity to compete in multiple National championships in both Australia and New Zealand a fantastic starting point which has lead to her appearances and successes on in Green and Gold on the world stage. Faculty: Nursing, Midwifery and Health Degree: Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Management

Hayder’s recent placings at the US and German Open have placed him in the top 25 Taekwondo athletes of the world as well as number 1 in his weight category in Australia and the number 2 Australian male athlete over 2011 and 2012. Faculty: Law and Communications Degree: Bachelor of Law and Journalism

Hoist your sails UTS Sailing has been very active over the last month with the club running 4 learn to sail courses for members, along with several USyd and UNSW members. These have been proved very popular and successful. Contact for upcoming programs.

Australian University Fleet Racing Championship UTS and UNSW Executives played a huge part in the organisation and hosting of the Australian University Fleet Racing Regatta, hosted by Royal Prince Alfred Sailing Club on the 13-15 April. Despilte very difficult racing conditions 6 races were hosted before racing was cancelled on the the third and final day. UTS was one of 9 Australian Universities to compete in the event which also attracted international students from Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Spain and the United States of America. UTS B14 sailor Adam Watterson finished only one point behind first and second overall in Division 2. It was a extremely close regatta with UNSW crowned the overall winners.

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Fighting firsts

Come capoeira

Time to take on the rivals...

The beat is within you...

On the 31st of March UTS TKD held their first Interclub Tournament for 2012, welcoming rival fighters from all across NSW including USYD, UNSW and UWS’s Taekwondo Clubs. UTS fighters produced very positive results and many gained valuable experience in what was only their first tournament fight, after only starting the sport of taekwondo with UTS a couple of months earlier. For those repeat offenders, dramatic growth and improvements were demonstrated in outstanding performances. Both the athletes and the day flew by smoothly and positive feedback was received from everyone involved. It was a fantastic achievement by the club whose members volunteered their time to organised every aspect of the tournament from marketing and logistics pre-tournament to setting up, weighing in, refereeing and coaching on the day. The second UTS Interclub Tournament for this year has already been planned for around August in a lead-up to the AUGs.

Batizado Day

may’s the month to attend the free trial classes

A summer camp taekwondo style

UTS Capoeira Club FREE trial classes are on:

Pearl Beach was the place for the UTS Taekwondo teams 2012 Summer Camp. The camp provided a pituresque setting for new students to bond over a long weekend of activities, teamwork and training. Students were taught aspects of the martial arts which can not always be covered in the regular syllabus, ultimately learning skills which will not only help them in taekwondo but throughout life, reinforcing the club motto of Mind. Body. Spirit.

• Tuesday 8th May at 6:30pm

• Wed 9th May at 12pm

• Saturday 12th May 11am

UTS interclub Championship 2012

For locations or if you miss these dates please contact the club and have your FIRST CLASS ABSOLUTELY FREE. Visit

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A real showcase of natural beauty UTS Speleological Society have had a busy summer discovering a world largely untouched by man... UTS Speleological had a busy summer exploring a number of canyons with a few of the clubs members even crossing the Tasman to join the Exit Cave Expedition. Why Tasmania? Well despite its size, it actually contains more cave development than any other state, having the deepest and longest caves in the county, Expedition Cave being one of them at 23km in length. The adventurers enjoyed a few days of recreation inside Mt Field before they headed off to Expedition Cave for seven days of surveying and exploration in its immense chambers, sandy stream bank deposits and impressive glow-worm display. April was a very busy month for the Speleo’s as they took advantage of the mid-week ANZAC Day holiday, to do a five day trip to Yarrangobilly Caves in the Snowy Mountains (21-25 Apr). It’s a long drive for the cold caves that await but they say it’s well worth when you get to immerse yourself in some of the best caves in NSW. This trip was followed by a much more luxurious trip to Jenolan Caves and Cavers Cottage on the 28-29 April which was enjoyed by all.

Arethusa Canyon

Nosedive Canyon

bats are flying high The Bats kicked off season 2012 with the annual Season Launch Lunch at club sponsor La Scala Restaurant, Paddington on Friday 30th March. Forty-five people enjoyed the lunch and heard from the Bat’s Premier League coach Daniel Lynch and Sydney Swans’ premiership player Tadhg Kennelly.

Tasmania trip February 2012

Audi Centre Sydney for its continued support in season 2012 as a Platinum Sponsor. The Audi Centre Sydney is the world’s largest Audi dealership and is a major sponsor of the UTS BATS for the second year.

It’s a first - 5 teams take to the field! In the first three rounds of the season the Bats have only conceded 1 match across all grades. Round 1 would see the Bats field, a club first, five teams in the competition. The Bats Club President Scott Baker said on the day, “Today is a historic day for the club. It is an amazing achievement to have five teams running out there on the park. It shows how far we (the UTS Bats) have come as a club and the growing popularity of the game in Sydney.” Rounds 2 and 3 would be a Green Rinse where all teams won their respective matches.

uts sydney cricket

BIG MENTIONS go to....

As one season winds down, pre-season winds up...

Nick Allardice who played his 100th game for the Bats in Round 1, Fearghal Purcell who played his 50th game for the Bats in Round 1 and Henry McGregor who played his 50th game for the Bats in Round 2.

After a long and successful season the Sydney Grade Cricket Club has finished for season 2011/12. Best performing team for the year was their 3rd grade side with a grand final appearance a few weeks back.

Big thanks goes to...

The offseason for the club will be a short one this year with pre season training starting in a couple of months with the club utilising the UTS MPSH for testing and strength and fitness training. With a new training area at Drummoyne complete as well season 2012/13 is set to be a big one for the club.

E2 Design for coming on board as a Platinum Sponsor for 2012. E2 Design is one of the youngest, freshest and most professional engineering design consultancy teams in Australia. and a first year sponsor of the club.

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its a goal

UTS Kings Old Boys

UTS Handball Club

Kings Old Boys Rugby has had a near perfect pre-season in 2012. After a successful trip to the Orange 10s, KOBs has won 8 games straight after trials against St Ives and Epping. King’s Old Boys started their Barraclough Cup campaign on an impressive note, with a convincing 25-5 victory over Petersham at Camperdown Oval. After being 0-5 down after five minutes, KOBs hit back with three tries to take away the four competition points. The backline was particularly impressive, with fullback Mitch Baker taking Man of the Match honours after scoring a try and slotting two conversions and two penalties. Winger Simon Wotton and halfback Matt Page scored the other two tries. Coach Alex Deane was upbeat after the game. “We had a shaky start but it all came together in the second half”, he said. “I was especially pleased with the effort of some of the new players, particularly Matt Page, Aurelien Bouthier and James Ford.”

UTS Handball has been full speed ahead at Tuesday’s trainings leading up to the NSW Handball season, starting mid-May. An increase in members has the club undecided whether they will enter 2 men’s teams in 2012. UTS Handball is very thankful of Hunter Fujak’s efforts and also happy to introduce Richard Ridley as the UTS Men’s Coach, who is also the coach of the Australian Youth Men’s team. Down at the beach the sport is also gaining a lot of interest. If you are missing the beach and its too cold for a dip give beach handball a go. For more information email and head down to their weekly trainings at Queenscliff Beach.

In lower grades, KOBs colts won 22-12, 4th grade lost 16-3, 3rd grade lost 3-0 and 2nd grade lost 25-10. Kings Old Boys play in the Sydney Suburban Rugby Competition, and are always looking for new players. We train at Wentworth Park on Thursdays at 6:30pm. Come down and have a run or you can check us out at for more details.

Blades of glory UTS Sydney Dragon blades

UTS Tigers Team

National Championships The National Finals for 2012 were held in April at Docklands, Melbourne. Over four days the UTS-Sydney Dragon Blades competed alongside sixty-five other clubs from around Australia. With 17 members representing Sydney Dragon Blades, the club achieved semi finals in both mixed and women’s heats for the 500m and 200m events. A great result from our small and yet strong team.

UTS SYD Dragon Blades National Team

For more info on the Championships check out

Tiger Times Coach Jim Pizanias returns... The 2012 season sees Jim Pizanian return as UTS Tigers first grade coach, while Anthony Turner returns to the club after a year in QLD coaching the second grade team. A new coach and a tough couple of months of preseason training culminated in a runners up effort in the NSW Tertiary League Nines competition, where the Tigers boys lost to arch rivals Norwest Polecats in the final. The season officially opened on 14 April with both grades travelling up the F3 to take on Newcastle University. The Tigers second grade team opened its premiership defence with a 34-16 victory. Fiveeighth Matthew Waugh was outstanding, scoring two tries and setting up another three. First grade was also impressive, opening its 2012 campaign with a 32-16 win. Veteran UTS fullback Simon Smith scored a hat-trick within the first half hour and was voted Players’ Player.

Away from the field, UTS successfully hosted its season opening party after the Nines competition at the Red Lion Hotel in Rozelle. More recently, the club was back at the Red Lion to run Anzac Day events on behalf of its sponsor. Following the round 2 washout, the Tigers travel to Canberra in round 3 and then play rivals Norwest Polecats in round 4 at Norford Park, Sefton.

out & about UTS OAC has had a busy summer Despite heavy rainfall, the summer months have brought on various activities for the UTS Outdoor Adventure Club including, several training activities, kayak trips and cannoning trips. The annual Festival of Canyon, joined by many other uni’s outdoor clubs, fundraised over $5,000 to aid bush fire and rescue volunteer groups with over 30 participants from UTS OAC alone. A big congratulations to Darran Wu who has been elected as 2012 president for the Club.

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