University and Tertiary Sport NZ 458876 en-nz University and Tertiary Sport NZ 30 University Sporting Rivalries to resume at National Tertiary Badminton Championship The first and only official National Tertiary Championship event for 2020 is set to get underway this weekend with the much-anticipated badminton championship being hosted by the Counties Manukau Badminton Association. 039, 22 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +1200 “Sit up Straight” and Take Notice – Ara Broadcasting School Students Talk Sport The connection between UTSNZ and the Ara Institute of Canterbury has been strengthening in recent times as UTSNZ Executive Director Sarah Anderson joined a group of students from Ara’s New Zealand Broadcasting School live on the Metronews broadcast this week. Read more about the relationship that's developed between the two organisations here. 038, 17 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +1200 Massey University Set to Bring Hockey Communities Together Massey University is set to bring local and tertiary hockey communities together later this month in a unique Hockey 5's invitational tournament. Read more about the 2020 event here. 037, 11 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +1200 Celebrating the Value of International University Sport Since its onset, the COVID-19 pandemic has spread to almost all countries of the world. Social and physical distancing measures along with lockdowns of businesses, education institutions and overall social life are common strategies used to halt the spread of the disease. But these strategies have greatly disrupted many regular aspects of life, including travel and the opportunity for international sporting experiences. Why does this matter? What does the international sport experience offer our tertiary student athletes and what has been lost in 2020? Read more here to find out. 037, 7 Sep 2020 00:00:00 +1200 International Day of University Sport In just 20 days from now, university students the world over will step out and celebrate the International Day of University Sport (IDUS). In its fifth edition, IDUS has mobilised students and encouraged them to embrace physical activity as a part of their daily campus lives. Read more about the upcoming celebrations here. 036, 31 Aug 2020 00:00:00 +1200 UTSNZ Esport Challenge Series to kick-off with FIFA 20 Tournament The 2020 UTSNZ Esport Challenge Series will kick off this week with 32 students from across the country set to compete for the first ever national tertiary esport title. Seven of UTSNZ’s eight member universities will be represented in the FIFA 20 tournament with participants also coming from Otago Polytechnic, the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT), and the Universal College of Learning (UCOL). 032, 3 Aug 2020 00:00:00 +1200 FISU University World Cup Format Extended to New Sports The University World Cup format is set to be adopted for Rugby Sevens, Handball, Floorball, American Football and Cheerleading. The inclusion of new sports an effort by FISU to provide more international opportunities for student athletes who might not otherwise have an opportunity to compete on the international university sports scene. Read more here. 031, 29 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +1200 FISU World University Championships cancelled for 2020 FISU announces the cancellation of its World University Championship events till the end of the year 2020, due to the prevailing global situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more on the latest announcement here. 030, 20 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +1200 University Esports and Competitive Gaming Tournaments gaining ground in New Zealand UTSNZ this week opened registrations for its first ever national inter-tertiary esports challenge event. University esports are growing both internationally and here in New Zealand, and UTSNZ is jumping on-board with what is now a global campus phenomenon. Read more about the exciting new opportunities available for New Zealand student gamers here. 028, 10 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +1200 University and Tertiary Sport NZ reveals plans to launch new ‘Challenge Series’ in 2020 The UTSNZ Challenge Series, a new and exciting inter-tertiary competition, will be launched in July 2020 to boost participation and engagement of tertiary students in sport and recreation across New Zealand. Read more about the new events programme here. 027, 30 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +1200 Australian and New Zealand students to represent Oceania in FISU eSports Challenge Football The weekend of 27-28 June saw 35 students from across the Oceania region take part in the FISU Oceania qualifying competition for the inaugural FISU eSports Challenge Football. The FISU competition aims to provide a further opportunity for universities internationally to come together during these challenging times to compete against one another. Delivered by the Australian Esports League (AEL) and in partnership with UniSport Australia (UniSport), the Oceania qualifier saw the top two winning students (male and female) progressing through to represent their universities and the Oceania region in the international FISU competition taking place from 6-16 July. Read more about the Oceania Qualifier here. 027, 30 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +1200 NZ contender for inaugural FISU eSports Challenge Top NZ gamer Campbell Knowles will be representing both the University of Waikato and New Zealand as he competes for a place at the inaugural FISU eSports Challenge Football event. Campbell (Airbrn_), 20, began his eSports career in 2017 is one to watch out for at the Oceania Qualifier event to be played 27-28 June. The kiwi-born player came fourth in the FUT Championship 2017 and finished 9-16th in the FIFA e-Nations Cup 2019 in London. Hear more from Campbell here. 026, 24 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +1200 Student experience to be bolstered in 2020 through National Tertiary Ultimate and Badminton Championships University sporting rivalries are set to resume with confirmation that the National Tertiary Ultimate and Badminton Championships will go ahead in Semester Two. 025, 17 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +1200 University of Canterbury student Jacob Mulholland joins UTSNZ Board of Directors UTSNZ is excited to welcome UC student representative Jacob Mulholland to it's Board of Directors following the recent AGM held 21 May. Read more about Jacob's recent appointment here. 024, 8 Jun 2020 00:00:00 +1200 University of Auckland claim Esports Silver The University of Auckland has finished runners-up in the League of Legends 2020 Oceanic University Championships hosted by Unisport Australia and Riot Games. In the final of the month-long tournament, they were defeated by the team from Queensland University of Technology in the best-of-5 series on Saturday. 022, 25 May 2020 00:00:00 +1200 Hear from the Lockdown League MVP's Earlier this week we sat down (virtually) to chat with the recently-announced MVP’s of the Lockdown League – Ben Bowie from Lincoln University and Shannon Trebes from the University of Waikato. Ben was chatting to us from his flat in Christchurch and Shannon was in her room at one of the halls of residence on campus. Here’s what happened. 021, 20 May 2020 00:00:00 +1200 COVID-19 Update - University and Tertiary Sport at Level 2 Yesterday the government announced Alert Level 2 guidelines, including the opportunity for sport to resume at all levels. Read more here on what this means for UTSNZ and the inter-tertiary events programme. 019, 8 May 2020 00:00:00 +1200 University and Tertiary Sport NZ Lockdown League goes Trans-Tasman University and Tertiary Sport New Zealand’s virtual competition may well become one of the first competitions amid the Coronavirus Pandemic to be contested on a regular Trans-Tasman basis, with the online challenge series set to be broadened to include their ANZAC comrades. Read more here. 018, 1 May 2020 00:00:00 +1200 FISU Welcomes Revised Dates for Tokyo 2020, Approves Final Dates for Chengdu 2021 for Summer World University Games FISU welcomed the announcement of revised dates for Tokyo 2020 this week and the prospect of an exceptional summer of Olympic sport in 2021. FISU will maintain the planned August slot for the Chengdu 2021 FISU Summer World University Games, with only a slight 2-day modification to the original dates, as per the request of the local organising committee. Read the full press release here. 014, 31 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +1300 COVID 19 Update: FISU World University Championship Cancellations The International Federation for University Sport (FISU) has been closely monitoring the current situation with regard to COVID-19. Unfortunately during this challenging period that most countries are facing today, FISU has made the cautious decision to cancel all World University Championship through until September in order to ensure the safety of all people involved in FISU events. Read more here for the specific events affected. 013, 26 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +1300 COVID 19 Update: 2020 National Tertiary Championship Events Refer here for an update on the status of UTSNZ National Tertiary Championship events for 2020. 012, 18 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +1300 FISU Oceania, UniSport Australia and UTSNZ making the right moves. Check out the latest article by FISU featuring FISU Oceania, Unisport Australia and UTSNZ. Advocacy, marketing and profile, dual career of athletes, research and healthy campus initiatives - read more about the key goals and aims for university and tertiary sport in 2020. 011, 10 Mar 2020 00:00:00 +1300 FISU Executive Committee meets in Lausanne The new FISU Executive Committee members, elected in November 2019, convened for their first meeting on 21-22 February, to set the agenda for 2020 and beyond. FISU's vision is to lead the University Sport Movement, where the leaders of society are positively influenced by their University Sport experience. To help achieve this vision the FISU Steering and Executive Committees come together biannually to discuss the organisation’s recent events and to chart the year ahead. Read more including the latest news and official Press Release from FISU summarising key discussion points here. 009, 25 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +1300 New Zealand leadership and tertiary expertise recognised by FISU Executive Committee and Working Group appointments Further to its meeting held on 21 and 22 February 2020 in Lausanne, the FISU Executive Committee officially approved the new composition of the FISU Committees for the period 2020 – 2023, with three New Zealand candidates elected. Read more on these exciting and prestigious appointments here.  009, 25 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +1300 Jacob Mulholland selected for 2020 FISU Volunteer Leader's Academy University of Canterbury student Jacob Mulholland will represent New Zealand at the FISU Volunteer Leader's Academy in Kazan, Russia from the 10th to the 16th of June. His passion for volunteering within his university and community make him an ideal representative and he's excited about the opportunity to learn new skills that he can bring back and employ. 009, 25 Feb 2020 00:00:00 +1300 Varied competition models proving successful for NZ tertiary sport Quality events are the backbone of competitive sport and UTSNZ is encouraged by a sector that is now more proactive and more comfortable about taking a variety of different approaches to tertiary sport. Read more about the new and varied competition models being developed by UTSNZ partners. 005, 28 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +1300 Supporting the International Aspirations of New Zealand Tertiary Students UTSNZ exists to support the aspirations of New Zealand tertiary students who wish to participate, excel and advance in national and international environments - whether that be as an athlete, coach, manager, volunteer or sports administrator. Check out the international opportunities available in 2020! 005, 27 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +1300 2020 University and Tertiary Sport Calendar Announcement University and Tertiary Sport NZ (UTSNZ) today announced the full calendar of events available to New Zealand tertiary students in 2020, which comprises of national and international events, as well as educational opportunities. 051, 18 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +1300 2019 FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy Whirlwind UTSNZ and New Zealand tertiary student representative, Rose Fitzmaurice (Massey University) talks about her experience at the 2019 FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy which she describes as a whirlwind of a time. 049, 3 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +1300 FISU Oceania welcomes new President and Executive Committee The 2019 FISU Oceania General Assembly was held Sunday 17 November in Turin, Italy. FISU Oceania delegates were in Turin for the FISU General Assembly and like FISU, Oceania’s General Assembly included voting elections for the next mandate period 2020-2023. Read more on election results here. 049, 1 Dec 2019 00:00:00 +1300 The University of Auckland achieves Shield 4-peat The University of Auckland have won the UTSNZ overall shield for the 4th year on the trot with a gold medal performance at the 2019 National Tertiary Netball Championship 043, 22 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +1300 Top Tertiary 3x3 Basketballers Ready to Take on the World Along with the top qualifiers from Australia, the Lincoln University women's and University of Otago men's 3x3 basketball teams will be flying the Oceania flag high at the finals in Xiamen, China, 31 Oct - 1 Nov, and have a real shot at taking out the FISU University World Cup title. 041, 11 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +1300 Ultimate takes on Auckland! Rongomai Park, Auckland is set to play host to 13 teams from around the country in the 2nd edition of the National Tertiary Ultimate Championship this weekend 035, 30 Aug 2019 00:00:00 +1200 Tertiary and Secondary Badminton on show in Porirua National-level Tertiary and Secondary Badminton titles will be contested side-by-side as part of the Festival of Badminton in Porirua next week 035, 29 Aug 2019 00:00:00 +1200 2019 Universiade Post Competition Multisport event environments are unique and have many challenges that must be adapted to in order to be successful both during and after competition. And for many athletes, no matter how well a competition plays out, there is typically a time period following competition that is spent assessing, analysing and reflecting on certain factors that impacted performance both good and bad. HPSNZ's Athlete Life Advisor, Vicki Hudson talks about her role at the 2019 World University Games as Athlete Support and the importance of post competition reflection. 032, 8 Aug 2019 00:00:00 +1200 World University Games crucial in Sports Medicine pathway to Olympics 26 year old AUT graduate, Ben Park was one of the three physiotherapists who took up a recent professional development opportunity, travelling with the New Zealand Team to the Napoli 2019 World University Games. Read more about the World University Games opportunity and Ben's Games experience here. 031, 1 Aug 2019 00:00:00 +1200 Kristy Havill Continues to Lead the Charge for Young Women in Sport Ranked one of the top 10 volunteers at the 2018 FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy, and subsequently selected for an event management internship at the 2019 Summer Universiade, Kristy Havill shares a little about her experience at the Napoli Games. 030, 26 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +1200 World University Games 4x100 Relay Sprint into Bronze The last day of athletics events at the 2019 World University Games left nothing to be desired as the New Zealand 4x100m relay team consisting Olivia Eaton, Zoe Hobbs, Georgia Hulls, and Natasha Eady sprinted their way to a World University Games bronze medal. 030, 25 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +1200 Gold Medal for New Zealand at the 2019 World University Games Flag-bearer Aaron Booth has won gold at the World University Games in Naples, Italy in the gruelling men’s decathlon event. Not only is it New Zealand’s first medal at the 2019 World University Games, but the first gold medal New Zealand has won in four years. 030, 24 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +1200 World University Games NZ Flag Bearer Announced We are pleased to announce that decathlete Aaron Booth has been nominated flag bearer of the New Zealand delegation for tomorrow’s opening ceremony of the 2019 Napoli World University Games. 027, 2 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +1200 Belonging in sport and finding some comfort amongst the mayhem Becoming a tertiary student can be an exciting, yet also daunting and unsettling change for many young people and that’s a normal reaction. What better time to hear from Rose Fitzmaurice, Massey University student and UTSNZ Student Athlete Commission Chairperson about finding your place on campus and making the most of the opportunities ahead of you! 026, 25 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +1200 New Zealand Team to the World University Games Forty-seven athletes competing in seven sports have been selected to represent New Zealand at the World University Games to be held in Naples, Italy, 3-14 July. The World University Games, also known as the Summer Universiade, is a major international sporting event that is held every two years for student athletes from around the world. This year more than 9,000 athletes from over 128 countries will be competing in Naples for the 30th biennial event. 024, 12 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +1200 New Zealand candidate chosen for the 2019 FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy Rose Fitzmaurice of Massey University has been chosen to represent New Zealand at the 2019 FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy. 017, 23 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +1200 2019 National Intercollegiate Athletic Games (Taiwan University Games) Golf Two players and a manager will represent New Zealand in Golf at the 2019 National Intercollegiate Athletic Games in Taiwan. 017, 23 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +1200 National Tertiary Women's Sevens Championship Recap The National Tertiary Women’s Sevens Championship was hosted by Counties Manukau Rugby Football Union at the Navigation Homes Stadium in Pukekohe and the final came down to a try after a penalty was awarded right before the final hooter.  The event was run alongside a New Zealand-lead International Invitational involving the Black Ferns 7s, Black Ferns 7s development squad, the All Black 7s development squad and 4 international sides.  014, 1 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +1300 Tertiary teams get a chance to be seen alongside new invitational tournament to boost NZ Rugby World Series preparations The 2019 UTSNZ National Tertiary Women's Sevens Championship tournament continues to have an international flavour with NZ Rugby running an International Women’s Invitational tournament alongside the annual tertiary event. 011, 12 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +1300 New programme aimed at supporting students towards a career in sport kicks off with a trip to Russia In conjunction with targeted sport partners, UTSNZ launches a new workforce development programme aiming to connect passionate and talented students wanting to put their studies to practical use with leading sport organisations, both nationally and internationally. 006, 4 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +1300 VACANCY: World University Games 2019 - Team Operations Manager (x 2) UTSNZ is seeking to appoint two Team Operation Managers to join the New Zealand WUG Performance Support Team that will attend the 2019 World University Games (Summer Universiade) in Napoli, Italy from the 3rd to 14th July 2019. The Summer Universiade is a flagship event of the FISU Sports Events programme, one that brings up to 12,000 athletes and officials together for 12 days of elite multisport competition across a host of Olympic disciplines. The event has long been used as a springboard to a successful international sporting career by many NZ student-athletes and continues to be a key milestone for many of our Olympic and Commonwealth sports. 003, 14 Jan 2019 00:00:00 +1300 Student referee makes her mark in world sevens with university's backing 051, 19 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +1300 Petty still chasing goals born out of golden World Uni Games moment 051, 19 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +1300 Funding and staff announcements signal official start to NZ's Napoli 2019 campaign UTSNZ is delighted to announce that HPSNZ has awarded a $30,000 Prime Minister’s Support Team Scholarship to fund six performance support staff members to attend the 2019 World University Games in Italy. The Health Team will take up three of those positions, with the successful applicants now officially appointed. 051, 19 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +1300 Futsal star keeps goal in sight when making university choice 051, 19 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +1300 Sport wasn't exchange student's first (or even second) goal but it soon became the most important 051, 19 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +1300 Memory of epic World Uni Games final still fresh for Langton Burnell 051, 19 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +1300 Love of sport propels student leader to Russia 051, 19 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +1300 New Zealand to be represented at 2019 World University Games in 12 sports From Archery to Water Polo, 12 National Sporting Organisations have committed to selecting their top athletes to travel to Italy next July as part of the NZ World University Games team. See here for selection criteria. 051, 19 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +1300 Ara student volunteer and passionate netball coach is in Africa this week to help out at the world's 051, 19 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +1300 2019 dates beckon for keen tertiary student-athletes to make their mark The UTSNZ 2019 National Tertiary Championship calendar for next year has been finalised. Diarise the dates and register your interest with your tertiary sport department today. 050, 11 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +1300 Media darlings, shoot-out legend and almost-medalists: the NZ 3x3 uni world campaign A lot can happen in four days: Lincoln University women and University of Auckland men played a whole lot of really good 3x3 at the FISU World University League finals in China a few weeks ago. They also made the most of other opportunities that came their way. Read the full review story here. 049, 4 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +1300 The highs and lows on the road to 3x3 world's success A big presence on the NZ basketball scene, Zac Easthope is not someone you ever think would have had doubts. But he reveals that even our top student-athletes have their setbacks. Find out how Zac and his team took on the world's best 3x3 ballers in China and won. 049, 3 Dec 2018 00:00:00 +1300 "I feel like I left a part of me over there" In May UTSNZ put the call out for tertiary students to apply to volunteer at a FISU world university championship. Four months later, netball volunteer Travis Timpson (Ara Institute of Technology) was at the 2018 World University Netball Championships in Uganda. Here he shares his "amazing experience". 047, 23 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +1300 Sport wasn't exchange student's first (or even second) goal but it soon became the most important Santiago Duque Palacio came on exchange to New Zealand to learn English and soak up knowledge from Victoria's Geology professors. Playing futsal was never part of the plan, he reflects, but it’s not surprising that it quickly became a key part of his kiwi life and helped him to forge unforgettable memories. 047, 21 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +1300 Festival of Badminton on Show in Porirua National championships are synonymous with pitting yourself up against NZ's best players. In popular sports like Badminton that competition takes place at secondary school level and tertiary level but many high school students aren't aware of that next step. For the first time in 2019 the two events will be combined in a festival of badminton which will see over 400 competitors come together under one roof. 047, 21 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +1300 Bids sought to host the 2019 Tertiary Ultimate Champs New Zealand Ultimate is seeking bids from potential host organisers to partner with NZU and University and Tertiary Sport New Zealand to deliver the 2019 New Zealand Tertiary Ultimate Championship tournament (NZTUC). 044, 1 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +1300 Boost your hippocampus and other tips to improve memory during exams Hannah Hill is a research student from Lincoln University and long-time Canterbury hockey rep. She gives practical advice on how students can deal with this time of year in the healthiest way possible. Whether you're new to exams, or a seasoned swotter this blog could help you to improve your academic results. 043, 26 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +1300 NZ students and staff stand to gain from joint event focus of renewed FISU Oceania-Asia collaboration FISU Oceania and Asia University Sports Federation (AUSF) signed a two-year extension to the current Memorandum of Understanding at the AUSF General Assembly last week. Nicola Clayden, UTSNZ Board Chair, attended the Assembly to represent UTSNZ and so was able to report back on the trip and what the new MoU might mean for tertiary sport in our country. 043, 26 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +1300 EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST NOW OPEN - 2019 World University Games Health Team To ensure a high performance support service is delivered to the 2019 NZ World University Games team, UTSNZ (through the assistance of Dr Bruce Hamilton, NZOC/HPSNZ Medical Lead) is now recruiting for the Team Doctor and Physiotherapy roles. 042, 15 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +1300 FISU previews Australian and New Zealand 3x3 teams with one month to go to Xiamen finals Zac Easthope and Connie Poletti speak to FISU in countdown to the 3x3 World University League coming up on 15-18 November, where the University of Auckland and Lincoln University will represent in the men's and women's finals. 042, 15 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +1300 University of Auckland cements top status in tertiary sport with third title The University of Auckland has triumphed as Overall National Tertiary Champion once again, holding the University and Tertiary Sport Shield aloft for the third year in a row. This article outlines how they did it this year, the secrets to their success and why UoA students love to take part in tertiary sport. 039, 25 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Otago and Lincoln sustain peak performance to beat the basketball pack The 2018 New Zealand National Tertiary Basketball Champions have been determined after three days of intense competition in Auckland. 039, 24 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Massey closes out tight netball clashes to take final 2018 championship Massey University won by one goal in a thrilling finish to a hugely competitive weekend of top netball. 039, 24 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +1200 How staying active at uni has kept me sane Ellie McManaway is our newest Student Athlete rep, hailing from Victoria University. As a busy student-athlete in her final semester, Ellie knows a thing or two about the trials of study and how hard it is to fit everything in. Here's a humorous take on a vital message – why staying active is so important for one's sanity at uni! 038, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Ara student volunteer and passionate netball coach is in Africa this week to help out at the world's Back in May UTSNZ put the call out to tertiary students to volunteer at a FISU world university championship. Among the NZ applicants was Travis Timpson, a second-year Business Management student from Ara Institute of Technology. His application to be part of the World Uni Netball Champs as a volunteer was successful and now Travis is in Uganda! 038, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +1200 EVENT PREVIEW: All you need to know about the National Tertiary Ultimate Championship this weekend With a large number of NZ national reps set to feature in Palmerston North this weekend, the NTUC has become a major date on NZ Ultimate's performance calendar. It also plays a pivotal role in increasing participation among the 18-24 year old group. Find out what else Iain Stewart, NZ Ultimate's executive officer, had to say ahead of Saturday's throw-off. 035, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Historic futsal campaign finishes on a high After an epic week of competition against some of the world's best tertiary futsal teams, the Uniwhites and Uniferns have both ended their historic World University Championship campaign with a win in their last two matches. See here for the results and links to other content. 035, 28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Uniwhites and Uniferns get games underway The men's and women's futsal teams are competing in the World University Championship in Kazakhstan 19-26 August. 034, 20 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +1200 "It was an eye opener as many students were from countries that are in war zones or have corrupt governments" Stepping out of her comfort zone, dealing with strange food and limited sleep were just some of the challenges Kristy faced in Kazan at the VLA. She was rewarded with friendships from around the globe, amazing speakers, and a newfound appreciation for volunteerism abroad. 033, 14 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +1200 NZ scullers secure gold and bronze in Shanghai Congratulations to the three medal-winning Massey University students that represented the country in China at the 2018 World University Rowing Championship over the weekend. 033, 13 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Fargher far from a one-lift wonder Lauren Fargher will be the NZ representative at the 2018 FISU World University Weightlifting Championship in Poland in September. Lauren has had a rapid ascendancy in the sport, including her surprise inclusion in the World University Games team last year. Not only was that a "mindblowing" experience but she learned some important lessons there too. 031, 3 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Talented tertiary squash players to take on the world's best in Birmingham Congratulations to the four students/recent graduates who will represent NZ at the 2018 FISU World University Squash Championship in Birmingham, UK from 6-12 September. Read here for team members and a link to the Squash NZ announcement story. 031, 1 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Full-time student-triathlete has unfinished business at world uni champs Triathlon NZ has named Kiri Atkin as the sole New Zealand rep at the 2018 World University Triathlon Championships to be held in Sweden in a month's time. This is the second time Atkin will attend the FISU event. Here the UC student outlines what happened in Switzerland in 2016, her current form, and how she has managed to enhance her employability too. 031, 31 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Same same but different The winners from Wellington are the same as 2017, with Auckland and Waikato reclaiming their men's and women's titles respectively, however, this year’s event had more of a competitive feel across the whole tournament. Read our review for reflections and results. 030, 24 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Kiwi orienteers find the mark with Robertson scoring gold The World University Orienteering Championship took place last week and was particularly memorable for the outstanding result of New Zealand team member Tim Robertson who won the sprint gold medal. He was one of six NZ student-athletes competing in Kuortane, Finland. 030, 24 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Waikato women and Canterbury men take out tertiary hockey titles Whether they had five or 11 players on the field, the university teams involved in last week's National Tertiary Hockey Champs dug in and demonstrated their class. 028, 10 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Memory of epic World Uni Games final still fresh for Langton Burnell Ben Langton Burnell represented NZ in April's Commonwealth Games. Before the Massey student flew out, we asked Ben how his 2017 World University Games experience in the javelin prepared him for large multisport events. 028, 9 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Petty still chasing goals born out of golden World Uni Games moment Among the NZ team at the Commonwealth Games in April were a number of students and recent grads, including Angie Petty (UC). Before she competed in the 800m we asked Angie how her involvement in the World Uni Games has impacted her athletic career. 028, 9 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Calling journalism/communication students and recent graduates interested in sport reporting… For the first time, FISU are offering the Young Reporters Programme during the Winter Universiade. This will take place 2-12 March 2019 in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. One person will be selected from the Oceania region and applications close 31 July 2018. 028, 9 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Improved NZ representation to take on a Euro-dominant draw at World Futsal Champs The draw for the 2018 FISU World University Futsal Championship has been released. Here's the lowdown, with comments from the New Zealand men's tertiary futsal coach Marvin Eakins and women's coach Nic Downes who will be taking the teams to Kazakhstan in August. 027, 2 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Q&A with Liam for Student Volunteer Week 2018 Find out why Massey University graduate Liam Hurst volunteers at sport events, and what he gets out of his experiences. 025, 18 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Banter, learnings and comments from a Kiwi in Russia The FISU Volunteer Leaders' Academy is on in Russia right now and UTSNZ is excited to have Kristy Havill (Lincoln University) representing the sector over there. In our first-ever blog post Kristy reveals what it’s been like so far. 025, 18 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Double degree student, athlete and volunteer Amelia volunteers her time across social, sport and governance bodies. All this on top of a full academic schedule and her own sports training. So, what drives her? 025, 18 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Competing in the home of karate will realise a dying mentor's wish for one NZ student and a step towards Tokyo 2020 for another In a month's time New Zealand will be represented in kumite and kata forms at the 2018 World University Karate Championships in Japan. The two tertiary students selected have a compelling background that highlights the commitment and vision needed to achieve in karate at this level. 024, 13 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Top tertiary badminton players tustle for plaudits Two days of tough badminton competition tested NZ universities' best, with the tournament favourites proving victorious, and some upset wins for underdogs along the way. 023, 5 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Kiwis set to face a “ridiculously high” level of competition on German sand Volleyball NZ have named four students/graduates to make an impression at the Beach Volleyball World Uni Champs in six weeks' time. While the pairs have not played together before, individually they have significant international experience including on the Asian circuit, the World Tour, and in the NCAA championships in America. 022, 29 May 2018 00:00:00 +1200 New memorandum recognises the importance of school-tertiary sport links University and Tertiary Sport NZ has signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding with the New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council. The MoU strives to enable and deliver opportunities which will retain school leavers in sport and create sustainable sporting pathways between secondary schools and tertiary institutions. 020, 18 May 2018 00:00:00 +1200 FISU President meets with IOC to chart progress of mutual interests FISU President Oleg Matytsin had a busy month in April. He attended both the SportAccord Convention and met with the IOC President to discuss progress against their 2016 MoU. We recap some of the topics covered. 019, 9 May 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Massey student-rowers following in the footsteps of world uni achievers On the back of strong showings nationally and internationally, three scullers from Massey University will make up the NZ team to contest the 2018 World University Rowing Champs in China this August. They can look to previous kiwi success stories as inspiration of what can be achieved. 019, 8 May 2018 00:00:00 +1200 World University Orienteering Championships NZ team announced A men's and a women's team of three have been named to represent New Zealand at the championships to be held in Kuortane, Finland from 17-21 July 2018. 017, 27 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Championships showcase the spread of futsal fever It was three days of fast-paced, goal-hungry, nimble-footed, skill-savvy futsal players doing battle – the National University Futsal Championships sure did not disappoint. 016, 18 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +1200 Futsal star keeps goal in sight when making university choice Wishing to build on her success in futsal, Britneylee Nicholson had a few things to consider before deciding which university to attend. Such factors as scholarships, programme of study, distance learning, competitions and performance pathways all played a part in her final choice. 016, 18 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +1200