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  • University of Canterbury Triumphs in 2023 National Tertiary Championship Series, Secures Historic Shield
    In a historic triumph, the University of Canterbury has emerged as the victors of the 2023 National Tertiary Championship Series, marking a milestone in New Zealand tertiary sport. This resounding victory not only clinched them the coveted championship series title but also secured the prestigious 100-year-old Shield, a symbol of sporting excellence and tradition, previously held by the University of Auckland. Remarkably, this win represents the first time the Shield has changed hands since the inception of the National Tertiary Championship Series in 2016. Read more here.
    Posted: Tuesday 26 September 2023
  • Competition and Sportsmanship Shine at the 2023 National Tertiary Netball Championship
    The National Tertiary Netball Championship, held at the Ākau Tangi Sports Centre on September 23 and 24, was a thrilling showcase of talent, determination and sportsmanship as students from seven universities vied for Netball glory. This year's competition draw also rounded out by the addition of an invitational team from Wellington. Read more on the event here.
    Posted: Monday 25 September 2023
  • National Tertiary Basketball Championship: Christchurch Hosts Thrilling Tournament
    The National Tertiary Basketball Championship, held from September 15th to 17th, brought an electrifying atmosphere to Cowles Stadium in Christchurch. The tournament featured the country's top university basketball teams, each vying for supremacy in this highly competitive event. Over three days of intense action, students and spectators alike witnessed thrilling games, outstanding performances, and nail-biting finishes. Read more on this year's Basketball Championships here.
    Posted: Thursday 21 September 2023
  • Celebrating IDUS: How Participation in Sport Boosts Vocational Skill Development in Tertiary Students
    In a world where career readiness is paramount, the role of sport in shaping the lives and futures of tertiary students often goes unnoticed. Beyond the cheers of the crowd and the thrill of competition lies a valuable story— one of how participation in sport can significantly contribute to the vocational skill development of our young people. This year, UTSNZ has chosen to celebrate IDUS 2023 by celebrating the impact of sport on career development. Read more here.
    Posted: Tuesday 19 September 2023
  • Counting down to the International Day of University Sport (IDUS) 2023
    With just one week to go until September 20th, the global community is gearing up to celebrate the International Day of University Sport (IDUS). This annual event, observed worldwide, is more than just a day of sporting activities; it's a celebration of the vital role that sports play in shaping the lives and careers of university students. As we countdown to the 2023 IDUS, University and Tertiary Sport New Zealand (UTSNZ) is preparing to mark the occasion with a theme that highlights the impact of sport on career development. Read more here.
    Posted: Tuesday 12 September 2023
  • University of Otago Win First National Tertiary Ultimate Title
    The 2023 New Zealand Tertiary Ultimate Championships were held in Wellington over the weekend of 2-3 September with much of New Zealand's most talented young ultimate players out in force representing their tertiary institutions. Click here for final results.
    Posted: Monday 4 September 2023
  • National Tertiary Futsal Champions Crowned
    The finals of the 2023 National Tertiary Futsal Championships were played at Central Energy Trust Arena in Palmerston North on Sunday 27th of August, bringing four action-packed days of futsal to a close. Click here for more information, including final rankings and individual accolades awarded.
    Posted: Thursday 31 August 2023
  • Notice of 2024 World University Sport Climbing Championship
    Climbing NZ is calling for expressions of interest from New Zealand tertiary students who are interested in competing at the World University Sport Climbing Championship, 9 - 12 September in Koper, Slovenia. The World University Sport Climbing Championship, an international event organised for tertiary student athletes, is held under the auspices of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). Click here for more information.
    Posted: Wednesday 30 August 2023
  • UoA Men's Football Team to Compete at the 2023 FISU University World Cup Football Announced
    The Waipapa Taumata Rau - University of Auckland men's Football team to represent New Zealand and the Oceania region at the upcoming 2023 FISU University World Cup Football has been announced. The highly anticipated event is scheduled to take place from October 21 to 31, 2023, in Jinjiang, China. Click here for more details and a full Team List.
    Posted: Friday 18 August 2023
  • University Cheerleading Clubs Gear Up for Alpine Classic Nationals: A Glimpse into the Vibe and Ambitions
    As anticipation builds for the Alpine Classic in September, university cheerleading clubs from across New Zealand are stepping up their game, each bringing their unique spirit and dedication to the forefront. The upcoming event promises a thrilling showcase of athleticism, camaraderie, and boundless enthusiasm, as teams vie for top honours in this exciting competition.
    Posted: Wednesday 16 August 2023
  • The 2023 National Tertiary Futsal Championships set to get underway this month
    A highlight of the university futsal calendar is right around the corner with the National Tertiary Futsal Championships 2023 kicking off on Thursday 24th August at Central Energy Trust Arena in Palmerston North. Featuring some of the finest futsal Aotearoa has to offer, this year's competition promises four days of action, with the title of 2023 National Tertiary Futsal Champions on offer to the victors. Games will take place from August 24th - 27th, with the finals held on Sunday 27th August. Click on the link below for more.
    Posted: Tuesday 15 August 2023
  • Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games: Anticipation sparks for world-class sporting event in the Ruhr region
    From 16 to 27 July 2025, top student athletes from all over the world will come together at the Rhine and Ruhr. After Duisburg in 1989, the FISU World University Games will be held in Germany for the second time. For the first time, the Rhine-Ruhr region will host the event: the five host cities – Bochum, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen and Mülheim an der Ruhr – will be home to the world's elite in university sport for twelve days. Read the latest Press Release statement from the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 Organising Committee here.
    Posted: Thursday 10 August 2023
  • Tegan Walmsley: A Rising Star in Lacrosse Balancing Student, Athlete, and Leadership Roles
    Tegan Walmsley, a name that resonates throughout the New Zealand student lacrosse community, is a shining example of passion, dedication, and sport leadership both on and off the field. Her journey into the world of lacrosse began in 2015 when she took her first steps onto the field at Te Awamutu College. Instantly falling in love with the sport, she honed her skills over the years, making a significant impact as both a player and a volunteer. Read more about Tegan's journey and achievements in the sport of Lacrosse here.
    Posted: Monday 31 July 2023
  • FISU World University Championship Programme 2024: Anticipation Builds as Invitations Begin to Roll Out
    With international hosts confirmed and planning well underway for the FISU World University Championship (WUC) Programme in 2024, anticipation is high as invitations for participating nations begin to be distributed. The FISU World University Championship events, held every two years, bring together talented student athletes from university and tertiary institutions worldwide to compete in various sports. Read more on the 2024 programme of events here.
    Posted: Monday 31 July 2023
  • 2023 FISU Oceania Continental Qualifying Tournament Concludes with Thrilling Battles in Auckland
    The 2023 FISU Oceania Continental Qualifying Tournament (QT) came to an exhilarating close on July 22nd in Auckland. Proudly hosted by AUT, the two-day event featured male and female university teams from across the Oceania region competing for a coveted spot at the FISU 3×3 University World Cup, set to take place in October 2023. Read more on the final results here.
    Posted: Monday 31 July 2023
  • AUT and the University of Waikato claim Volleyball Crowns
    AUT made the most of the opportunity to host the 2023 National Tertiary Volleyball Championship, winning the women’s grand final over their local rivals from the University of Auckland. In the men's tournament, the University of Waikato triumphed over the University of Auckland to win in 4 sets and claim gold.
    Posted: Monday 17 July 2023
  • Excitement Mounts as the New Zealand Universities Lacrosse Tournament Draws Near
    New Zealand's university lacrosse scene is buzzing with anticipation as the 2023 New Zealand Universities Lacrosse Tournament approaches. Scheduled to take place on 14-15 July this Matariki weekend, this year's edition of the tournament will bring together teams from the University of Canterbury, Victoria University of Wellington, and the University of Auckland, each vying for the coveted title.
    Posted: Wednesday 12 July 2023
  • Local Volleyball Teams Looking for Redemption
    The National Tertiary Volleyball Championship heads to Auckland for the first time in its history as AUT hosts the event on the North Shore this weekend. The men’s and women’s teams from AUT and the University of Auckland are particularly excited as they couldn’t make it to Christchurch last year due to the last-minute cancellation of their flights.
    Posted: Thursday 6 July 2023
  • New Zealand University 3x3 Teams Set to Compete in FISU Oceania Continental Qualifying Tournament
    Taking place in Auckland next month, the FISU Oceania 3x3 Continental Qualifying Tournament will witness a fierce battle among teams from New Zealand, Australia and across the Pacific. The stakes are high, with only one team from each gender category earning the opportunity to showcase their talent at the prestigious FISU University World Cup 3x3, scheduled to be held later this year. Read more about the upcoming event here.
    Posted: Thursday 29 June 2023
  • Volunteers Play Integral Role in UTSNZ Workforce Development Programme Promotion
    In an enthusiastic display of creativity and teamwork, volunteers from University and Tertiary Sport New Zealand (UTSNZ) have joined forces to help produce an engaging and informative ‘Team UTSNZ’ Workforce Development Programme promotional video aimed at connecting passionate and talented students wanting to put their studies to practical use with volunteer roles, both nationally and internationally. Read more about the project here.
    Posted: Tuesday 27 June 2023
  • Massey University Student Mckayla Little Selected for FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy
    UTSNZ proudly announces the selection of McKayla Little, a talented student, to participate in the prestigious FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy. This exciting opportunity which includes an introductory session on the 23 June, followed a three-day online forum from 7-9 September, will mark an important milestone in Little's academic and leadership journey.
    Posted: Friday 23 June 2023

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