Sport has always been at the heart of Deakin, and is one of our greatest strengths.
Henrietta Lawrence, Nana Adoma Owusu-Afriyie and four other Deakin students will soon be packing their bags for the 2019 World University Games, being held this year in Naples, Italy from 3–14 July 2019.
Henrietta is currently studying a Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Deakin’s Burwood Campus and will be competing in the half marathon, which is a 21km road running event.
This won’t be the first time Henrietta has represented Australia, as she was selected for the World University Cross Country Championships held in St Gallen, Switzerland last year. She ran an impressive race, finishing 33 out of the 120 competitors, and will be aiming even higher this year.
Nana, currently studying towards a Bachelor of Nutrition Science at the Burwood Campus, will be hoping for a medal when she takes to the running track in the Women’s 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay races.
Nana has had an outstanding start to the year, finishing second at the Victorian Championships in Melbourne, fourth at the Australian Championships in Sydney, sixth in the 4x100m Women’s relay at the IAAF World Relays in Yokohoma, Japan, and fifth in the 200m Seiko Golden Grand Prix in Osaka, Japan.
Having recently set herself a new personal best of 11.48 seconds in the 100m, Nana will be pushing to achieve a similar time in Italy.
Other Deakin students also representing Australia at the World University Games will be Maddy Goodsell for table tennis, Ezi Magbegor in basketball, and Bowen Gough and Sophie Caldwell in swimming.
We wish all Deakin students who are competing in Naples next month the very best, and will be keeping a keen eye on their achievements.