Deakin Wins Silver per Capita at the Southern Unigames
Congratulations to the Deakin athletes returning from the Southern Unigames campaign after wining silver on points per capita. The 2014 Southern Unigames were held in Wodonga on the border between Victoria and New South Wales 6 – 10 July across sixteen sports. Deakin Athletes won 288 points well clear of 3rd place VU and just 10 points behind LaTrobe.
Deakin Jazz Dancers were in a class of their own taking out first in both the Jazz single and Jazz Doubles. This was repeated in the Deakin All Girl Stunt group winning 1st and the combined teams winning 16 points towards Deakin’s overall total.
Deakin Men’s Basketball team won Silver after in a tight finals match against SUT 35 – 43 on Court 1 of Wodonga Sports and Leisure Centre. On the Wodonga Bowling Rink, our Open Lawn Bowls team rolled their way to Silver.
Sports at the Southern Uni Games
The Women’s Hockey team were looking powerful heading into the Gold medal final after a 1-0 win over AUTNZ in the qualifiers. However in a high scoring game AUTNZ turned the tables 9-8 against Deakin giving our Hockey team a tough Silver.
A number of Deakin students put in fantastic performances to help Deakin to second place with the Women’s Basketball team; the Women’s Futsal team; and Rachel Painter in the 8km Cross Country gaining fourth and points towards the tally.
With the Southern Games over athletes and teams will be looking forward to the 2014 Australian Unigames to be held in Sydney from Sunday 28 September through to Friday 3 October. Over 6,500 student athletes accompanied by team managers, staff and volunteers from 41 tertiary institutions across Australia will take part in five days of sporting competition in a bid to be crowned Australian University Champions.
Deakin Students and Alumni Selected for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
Five Deakin students and five Alumni have won selection and will be heading to Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. They will be part of Australia’s largest offshore team to the games. The Australian team will compete across 17 sports, over 11 days from 23rd July through to 3rd August.
- Damien Birkinhead - Athletics
- Zoe Buckman - Athletics
- Luke Cann - Athletics
- Richard Colman - Athletics
- Henry Frayne - Athletics
- Ellen Gandy - Swimming
- Travis Mahoney - Swimming
- Jeffrey Riseley - Athletics
- Madison Robinson - Netball
- Glenn Warfe - Badminton
These athletes have been supported through Deakin’s Elite Athlete Program giving them the freedom to excel both on and off the field. We will be following the progress of our athletes with highlights from the games as they happen. Join in, spread the word and get behind these brave athletes at http://www.deakin.edu.au/deakin-spirit/
Congratulations Melbourne Vixens on Winning the 2014 ANZ Championships
Congratulations to Maddison Robinson, Erin Hoare and the Melbourne Vixens on winning the 2014 ANZ Netball Championship. 2014 was a year of redemption for the Vixens after losing the 2012 grand final in the last seconds and bowing out in the 2013 semi-finals. The catchphrase for the year has been ‘clinical’; passing, shooting, and training drills were repeated until performance percentages were achieved. This clinical composure helped shake off the nerves from previous years and win the grand final with an 11 point victory over the Queensland Firebirds. Now the catchphrase is ‘amazing’ as the Vixens celebrate their Championship win.
“Absolutely amazing, just so proud of my teammates, just couldn’t be more excited. It’s what we planned for so to be able to execute it is exciting.”
Erin Hoare on winning the 2014 ANZ Netball Championships
Deakin Alumni, Madi Robinson remembers realising the 2012 championship was gone with just seconds to go. Forward to 2014, Madi has continued her form being named in the 2013 dream team and winning six golden centre court bibs this season. Now with a Championship win Madi has cemented her place as one of the top Wing Attacks for Australia.
“Amazing, I actually can’t put it into words. I’m speechless, just a tremendous team effort and I just can’t wait to celebrate it with these girls, it should be fun.”
Madi Robinson, 2014 ANZ Netball Championships
Madi Robinson, Bianca Chatfield and Tegan Caldwell performances for the Vixens proved why they were selected for Australia’s Commonwealth Games team. We look forward to seeing more of Madi as she plays Wing Attack for Australia in the Glasgow games in just a few weeks.
Melbourne Vixens take on the Queensland Firebirds for the ANZ Netball Championship
Deakin Alumni, Maddison Robinson (Browne) and Postgraduate student, Erin Hoare take to the court for the Melbourne Vixens in the ANZ Netball Championships grand final on Sunday at 2:15pm against the Queensland Firebirds. The Vixens secured a home final and a psychological advantage by beating the Queensland Firebirds by five points in their last game of the season.
Veteran Madi Browne has honed her game with both international and national competition, including the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the 2011 World Championships. Madi’s skills have been recognised with awards such as the ANZ Championship All Star Wing Attack in 2013 and six Midcourt Golden Bibs in the 2014 season. Madi plays Wing Attack and Centre on court.
Cherish and love what you do, live in the moment and make the most of your opportunities
Madi Robinson, Melbourne Vixens 2014
Erin Hoare will be part of the Melbourne Vixen’s team on Sunday and, like her favourite netballer Sharelle McMahon, plays Goal Shooter and Goal Attack. The Deakin Elite Athlete Program allows Erin to balance post graduate study and an exciting career in sport. Erin won the Vixen’s Coaches Award in 2013 and is a supporter of both the Geelong Football Club and Hawthorn Football Club.
Deakin Sports Management Gains Australian Best, Top 3 World Ranking
Deakin University students are the highest paid sport business masters graduates on the planet according to Sports Business International(SBI). Deakin’s Sports Management Masters degree has continued its ascent to claim the top three world ranking, the only Australian University in the top 25.
According to the SBI rankings, Deakin’s graduates earned on average US$84,000 a year three years after finishing their students, compared to US$79,000 for students from University of Oregon Warsaw Sports Marketing Centre and US$76,100 for students at Ohio University Master of Sport Administration.
Deakin Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander said the University jumped four spots from last year’s seventh placing, coming it at number three after Switzerland-based International Centre for Sports Studies’ (CIES) FIFA Master program and Ohio University’s Master of Sports Administration. Deakin ranked number two for the Professors’ Choice award.
“This is an outstanding outcome and affirms the employability of Deakin graduates. It places Deakin’s Master of Business (Sport Management) firmly among the world’s most recognised sporting institutions,”
Professor den Hollander
The sporting industry across the globe is extremely competitive, from the sports field to the classroom and to the workplace, and this award recognises that Deakin prepares the best and the brightest to be leaders in their field.
We will keep working closely with Melbourne and Australia’s sporting industry, placing our students with key industry and community leaders so that they can learn and develop the vital skills needed to be successful in their chosen field, beyond the university lecture theatre.
BMX World Champsionships
After getting on a BMX aged 3, Michael Williams has never looked back. Now 20, Michael has ridden in 12 state and 7 national titles. Michael was a finalist in the 2014 Australian BMX Nationals and has qualified to compete at the World Championships for the fifth time.
This year the World Championships are being held at Rotterdam in the Netherlands on the 26th of July. With a new coach and intensive training regime Michael is a strong contender for the World Title.
The popularity of BMX riding has continued to increase leading to its inclusion in the London 2012 Olympic. The Sport involves high speed action with 6 – 12 athletes racing across obstacles and over jumps. It is a physically demanding sport requiring fitness to cycle and agility to navigate obstacles. Riders require extensive body armour at they seem to spend as much time in the air as they do on the track.
Off the bike Michael shares his love of the sport by training over 30 kids at his local BMX club and has helped Councils to design and develop active BMX and skate parks. Michael is currently studying a Bachelor of Civil Engineering at Deakin University. Civil Engineering can provide the knowledge to enhance Michael’s development of parks to effectively integrate them with the surrounding community infrastructure.
Deakin Twenty20 Cricket Partnership
Deakin University is now the official education partner of the Rajasthan Royals’ Twenty20 cricket team.
The Rajasthan Royals reached the finals in the 2013 Karbonn Smart Champions League and forged a reputation for strength and consistency in the cricketing world under the expert leadership of Shane Warne and Rahul Dravid.
The Rajasthan Royals’ Twenty20
As part of Deakin University’s commitment to sports education and research, Deakin will promote Sports Education in India in collaboration with the Rajasthan Royals, who nurture and promote up and coming Indian cricketers. Mutual projects will include Indian Premier League (IPL) internships and scholarship opportunities.
Deakin University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander said, “We are delighted to partner with one of the world’s best Twenty20 teams. Applying management and marketing theories and business principles within a leisure framework is the defining feature of our Sport Management degrees.” Deakin is an innovator in the field of sports and sports management, with the Master of Business (Sports Management) currently ranked amongst the best in the world by Sport Business International.
Rajasthan Royals’ Chief Executive Officer, Raghu Lyer said, “We trust that the partnership will enable us to promote Sports Education in India while serving as a worthy case for research and learning. We thank Deakin University for associating with us and look forward to helping create ever-growing value in the years to come.”
Grieg’s Sochi Spirit
Daniel Greig has experienced a fall in the 500m Men’s Speed Skating event in Sochi, but one fall will not slow him down. Daniel has shown his true spirit by deciding to finish the race, celebrating friend and 500m gold medallist Michel Mulder from the Netherlands and focusing on the 1000m Men’s Speed Skating event taking place on day five of the games, Wednesday, February 12th.
“I was always going to finish the race. If you decide to pull out it is disrespectful to your other competitors. If no one finishes the race when something doesn’t go right, there wouldn’t be anyone left.”
Daniel Grieg - Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
The games are broadcast on channel 10 from 8.30pm AEDT with the 1000m men’s speed skating at approximately 1am.
The TEN official app for iOS and Android can be downloaded to follow the games at http://tenplay.com.au/sport/sochi-2014/how-to-watch.
Daniel Grieg – Sochi 2014 Olympic Speed Skater
Chasing his dreams Deakin student Daniel Greig converted from inline to ice speed skating for a chance at Olympic glory. After an impressive 2013 season Daniel qualified in his favourite 500m and 1000m sprints and is ready to follow his dream at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
Daniel’s describes Long Track Speed Skating as the track athletics of the Winter Olympics with blades on the bottom of their shoes reaching 60km/h on ice. It is a high speed sport with sprinters able to race the first 100m of 500m faster than Usain Bolt’s world record (9.58s); and highly competitive with the top 16 skaters finishing the 500m race within a coin drop from waist height.
Watch a preview of Daniel in action against the current World Sprint Champion Michel Mulder of Netherlands in the first race of the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByMD9JkzgLA
Image Courtesy: http://danielgreig.com
Daniel’s first race will be February 10th as he takes to the ice for the 500m sprints.
Studying Mechanical Engineering at Deakin University provides Daniel additional insights to get the best performance from his speed skating blades to edge out the competition. Follow Daniels progress at Sochi 2014 on the Deakin Spirit site.