The Vic Sports Awards were held this Tuesday,17 March, with an array of Victoria’s best athletes receiving recognition for their achievements. Amongst the athletes was Deakin’s own swimming superstar, Belinda Hocking. Belinda received the Kitty McEwan Award for the Victorian Female Athlete of the Year, a tremendous achievement.
Congratulations Deakin student and Kung-fu Wushu expert Shan Kankanamalage, on taking out the Gold Medal in the Arnold Classic Martial Arts Festival last weekend. The Arnold Classic Australia, is a multi-sport festival that included sporting competitions across many categories, education, entertainment and crowd participation.
Deakin student Maddie Garrick is set to play for the Bendigo Spirit in Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) Grand Final against Townsville this weekend.
Last Sunday Bengido Spirit held out the Sydney Uni Flames, 85-77 to gain their spot in the final. Maddie Garrick played her part in helping Bendigo to their third straight WNBL Grand Final appearance. Bendigo Spirit has won the past two years but will have to beat Townsville on their home court.
Maddie is undertaking a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at Deakin and balancing her sporting career.
The game will be shown on the ABC2 on Sunday 8 March at 3:00pm.
Come on Deakin let’s get behind Maddie.
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The 2014 Overall Distance Running Champion is The University of Melbourne just holding off Deakin University and Monash University by 15 and 50 points respectively.
The 2014 pennants for Australian University Championship for Distance Running have been decided, with Monash University claiming the women’s and The University of Melbourne taking home the men’s.
AUC Distance Running divisions are run as part of existing community running festivals, including the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Real Insurance Sydney Harbour 10km, Sydney Running Festival and the Medibank Melbourne Marathon.
This years championship was even more tightly contested with increased numbers of participants across the 4 event series, the race to champion came down to less than 100 points in each category.
Deakin University made significant inroads with their team almost pulling off the major upset coming in second in both the male and female championship.
Congratulations to both The University of Melbourne, Monash University and all runners, next year’s AUC – Distance Running will grow again!
Visit the AUC website for full results.
Congratulations to Deakin student, Kate Linford, on being selected as part of the Australian team to compete at the 4th FISU World University Weightlifting Championships. The 2014 event will be held in Chiangmai, Thailand, 5-8 December.
The Games are part of the World University Championships (WUC) and part of the sporting events of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). Alternating across summer and winter in line with participating universities, they are held every two years and held over multiple venues.
The FISU was formed within university institutions to promote sports values and encourage sports practice in harmony with, and complementary to, the university spirit.
Kate is completing her Bachelor of Health and Physical Education at the Burwood Campus and is part of the Elite Athlete Program. Additionally, Kate also coaches a number of junior athletes in weightlifting.
Established in 2011, Deakin’s Alumni of the Year Awards, recognise, acknowledge and promote prominent Alumni around the world who have achieved outstanding success in their communities, professions or given outstanding service to the university.
Congratulations to the following outstanding Alumni members who have been awarded Deakin’s Alumni of the Year Awards for 2014; John Stanhope, Nino Ficca, James Farrell and Madison Robinson.
For more information about the awards, including detail of all 2014 winners visit Deakin Alumni of the Year Awards.
One of Deakin’s most successful female sporting alumni, Madison began her professional career in 2006, when she was selected to play for the Melbourne Kestrels.
Throughout this time she continued her studies, graduating with a distinction average. She currently plays for both the Melbourne Vixens and the Australian Diamonds and in 2012 was voted ANZ Championships Player of the year, International Player of the Year and Liz Ellis Diamond winner.
With a raft of awards throughout her distinguished career, Madison is considered to be not only one of our most valuable players, but a remarkable and inspiring sporting leader.
In 2014 she represented Australia in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, winning gold.
Madison is also an ambassador for the Cotton On Foundation, Run Geelong and various other community charities in both Melbourne and Geelong.