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Following the recent UniSport Nationals in Perth, The University of Queensland (UQ) has won the 2022 Overall Division 1 Pennant Tally in the North Region and finished 6th in Australia.

UQ student-athletes competed in a number of UniSport events throughout the year, all culminating with Nationals – the largest university multisport competition on the calendar – held in Perth earlier this month.

Returning for the first time since 2019 due to COVID-19, UQ took a team of 59 athletes to Nationals. The event was last held in WA back in 2016, where a team of 201 UQ athletes competed to also place 6th in the country.

2022 UniSport Nationals Opening Ceremony.

UQ Team Co-Captain Harrison Seaborn said his favourite part of the competition was the opportunity to finally compete in such a large format after the hiatus of the event due to COVID-19.

“Travelling so far out to Perth was an amazing experience and having the opportunity to see everyone playing the sport they love again was so great,” Seaborn said.

“Captaining both the Men’s Volleyball team and UQ as a whole was a great honour, and it felt amazing to be able to receive a pennant at the closing ceremony on behalf of the whole group.”

UQ Team Co-Captains Erin Joyce and Harrison Seaborn accept the 2022 North Overall Champion pennant.

UQ’s standout performance from the event was the Men’s Table Tennis team who took home a bronze medal. UQ Team Co-Captin Erin Joyce was proud to see the success of these athletes.

“It was very impressive to see the Table Tennis team take home a bronze medal as you could see the hard work and determination they each put in to achieve this,” Joyce said.

“Overall, it was also amazing to see how everyone supported one another. No matter the result of the game, every team stuck together and got around one another. Not once did someone drop their head or give up, which is a positive reflection on the character of UQ athletes.”

UQ Men's Table Tennis team with their bronze medals.

The strong performances of the athletes at this year’s Nationals means that each team has retained their place in Division 1 for the 2023 UniSport events.

UQ achieved the following Results in Division 1 UniSport National Championships events throughout 2022:

  • UniSport Triathlon National Championships (Mooloolaba, QLD)
    Men’s and Women’s Champions
  • UniSport Athletics National Championships (Gold Coast, QLD)
    5th place in Men’s, 6th place in Women’s
  • UniSport Indigenous National Championships (Brisbane, QLD)
    2nd place overall
  • UniSport League of Legends National Championships (Online)
    4th place overall
  • UniSport Surfing National Championships (Sunshine Coast, QLD)
    Men’s Champions and 2nd place overall (Men’s and Women’s competition)
  • UniSport T20 Cricket National Championship (Sunshine Coast, QLD)
    4th place overall
  • UniSport Nationals (Perth, WA)
    Men’s Table Tennis – 3rd
    Women’s Badminton – 4th
    Women’s Table Tennis – 4th
    Fencing – Men’s Epee 4th, Women’s Epee 5th, Women’s Sabre 6th
    Mixed Ultimate Disc – 6th
    Men’s Badminton – 7th
    Women’s Netball – 9th
    Men’s Indoor Volleyball – 9th