Australian University Games trifecta for Bond Bullsharks

October 22, 2015

Bond University has made a splash at the 2015 Australian University Games after taking out the Doug Ellis Per Capita Trophy for the third consecutive year and breaking six Games records in the pool.

The Doug Ellis Per Capita Trophy, awarded to the university with the most points per student numbers, was taken out by the Bond Bullsharks who finished first on a per capita score of 1404.225 points.

The Bullsharks dominated in the pool to take home eight gold medals and 13 swimming medals overall, making it Bond's most successful sport of the competition.

Butterfly superstar Maddie Groves broke four AUG records and Olympic gold medal freestyle champion Melanie Wright (nee Schlanger) broke two, with both athletes named in the Green and Gold merit team comprising players who displayed the best on field performances in each sport.

Also selected into the Green and Gold team were John Duncan for touch football, Matt Kuhnemann for T20 cricket, Josh Neal and Vincent Quigley for rugby sevens, Sean Ong for golf, Edward Burrows-Cheng for AFL and Ahmed Alali for handball.

Bond University was the partner university of the 2015 Australian University Games (AUG), Australia’s largest sporting event for university student athletes.

More than 8,300 student athletes from 42 tertiary institutions across Australia took part in 34 sports at dozens of venues across the Gold Coast, including Bond University.

The University of Sydney was crowned the overall winner of this year's Games, followed by Griffith University in second place and Monash University in the bronze position.

This year saw the largest number of Bondies ever participate in the multisport event, with 243 student athletes competing across a wide range of sports from pole vaulting to golf and table tennis.

Garry Nucifora, Executive Director of Sport at Bond University, said the Bond athletes should be proud of their fine achievement in being crowned the per capita champions for the third year in a row.

"For a small university like ours to win the prestigious Doug Ellis Per Capita Trophy is an impressive feat in itself. To take home the trophy three years running is an incredible accomplishment and reflects our developing sport landscape," said Mr Nucifora.

Bond University Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Tim Brailsford, said this year's Games had been a great success and he was proud of the level of sportsmanship displayed by the competitors.

"We have thoroughly enjoyed welcoming university athletes from across the country to the Gold Coast, and hope all participants have made the most of their Australian University Games experience," said Professor Brailsford.

"I would like to congratulate the University of Sydney on their impressive result taking out this year's competition, and also offer my congratulations to everyone involved in running the week-long, multi-sport event.

"The Gold Coast's famous weather did not disappoint and overall this year's Australian University Games has been tremendously successful. We look forward to next year's Games in Western Australia."