Deakin Students Blake and Lachie Edwards have commenced their World Uni games with Uniroos Water Polo team and have had a great start against Korea winning their opening encounter 14-3.
Deakin University has 10 athletes competing for the Australian Uniroos in the World University Games in Gwangju. This is a wonderful achievement and demonstrates Deakin’s strength in sport.
The games start today – 2nd July with Deakin students and brothers Blake Edwards – Lachlan Edwards competing in the Water Polo.
The students representing Australia in Gwangju are:
We will follow their journey at Deakin Spirit. We wish the team good luck. Go Deakin.
Maddie Garrick’s elevation to the Jayco Australian Opals may appear to have been swift, but it has been far from an overnight journey to the top. The 23-year-old booked her ticket to Europe with the Opals off the back of her first senior camp and so making the 12-woman squad came as a revelation.
“A month ago I was looking at talking to coaches and at ideas to improve to get into the squad,” Garrick says. “The camp went well and now I’m on to a tour. I’m very surprised but first of all I’m very happy to be a part of the squad. I went into it taking it as an opportunity and not expecting too much.”
Deakin law student and elite athlete Harrison Tullberg has been accepted to participate in a new sports transition program to train with Australia’s aerial skiing team, the Flying Kangaroos.
One of only two Australian men invited to the program, Harrison, 19, started his sporting career as a gymnast, then trampolinist and moved onto aerial skiing after discovering his passion for winter sports on the slopes at Mt Buller.
Now with the Flying Kangaroos, the Australian aerial skiing team, Harrison, from Chadstone, is one of just two Australian men to go through a new sports transition program for elite athletes.
Harrison, 18, who was last year’s Waverley Leader Senior Sports Star, recently returned from six weeks in Utah in the US, where he trained seven hours a day honing his new skills on snow.
He is now training at a water ramp facility near Lilydale where he is learning to ski on the plastic surface and practising jumps into the water.
Harrison, who is also studying law at Deakin University, had only skied once as a child but is loving the new challenge.
“I’d ski down the mountain to hear cheering from the chairlift, ‘Woo! The Flying Kangaroos are here!’,” he said.
“I’m loving everything at the moment and I’ve been really lucky to have the support of sponsors and the program,” he said.
Harrison, who started as a gymnast before switching to trampolining, said he was grateful for the support of his sponsor Mr Trampoline, which enabled him to travel to the US and provided a GoPro camera to record his progress.
“Trampolining is still a low-profile sport in Australia but I urge kids to have a go,” he said.
“It’s one of the best forms of exercise you can do, without even realising it because you’re having so much fun.
“But it’s vital to get a coach, be supervised, be safe and know your ability.”
Harrison Tullberg is eligible to be a Leader Senior Sports Star nominee.