Team UQ captain Daniel Parnell competes in the Men's 400m
3 October 2018

The University of Queensland has claimed nine champion university pennants at the inaugural UniSport Nationals Div 1 event on the Gold Coast.

More than 390 UQ students competed at the event, with Team UQ Australia’s top-ranked university in Athletics (Men’s & Women’s), Beach Volleyball (Women’s Pairs & Mixed Fours), Handball (Mixed), Hockey (Men’s), Judo (Men’s), Squash (Mixed), and Touch Football (Mixed).

UQ’s Athletics squad won its first UniSport pennants since 2011 Australian Uni Games, with the 31-strong team combining to win a total of 21 medals.

Distance runner Samantha Phillips claimed gold medals in both the Women’s 5,000 metre and 10,000 metre races.

The Clem Jones Sporting Scholarship recipient also set a new 10,000 metre UniSport record (34:33.38), slashing a minute off the previous best time (35:33.53) set by UQ’s Tamara Carvolth in 2008.

UQ’s Squash team – competing at a UniSport event for the first time since 2005 – delivered a gold medal clean sweep following victories in the Men’s Singles (Nicholas Calvert), Women’s Singles (Samantha Calvert) and Mixed Team events.

UQ Sport Student Engagement Manager Adin Hewat said the results were the University’s best in over two decades.

“In the past 20 years of Australian Uni Games competition, UQ had never won more than seven champion pennants so this is a fantastic result for the University,” Mrs Hewat said.

“All of our students competed with great skill and sportsmanship, and they should be extremely proud of their achievements.”

UQ’s Mixed Touch side made it three-straight UniSport gold medals after beating Griffith University 7-6 in an all-Queensland final.

Team UQ won gold in both Women’s Pairs and Mixed Fours Beach Volleyball, as well as a silver medal in Men’s Pairs.

UQ’s Men’s Hockey scored a second-consecutive UniSport gold medal after defeating The University of Adelaide 4-0 to complete the tournament undefeated.

UQ’s Mixed Handball team won a gold medal after beating University of Technology Sydney 34-30, while UQ ranked first (Men’s) and second (Women’s) in Judo.

Mrs Hewat said a number of elite-level athletes were among UQ’s ranks.

“More than 30 UQ Sporting Scholarship holders and EAFU-accredited student-athletes competed for UQ, many of whom compete at a state or national level.”

“The presence of these elite athletes certainly led to an increase in performance across all sports.”

In addition to silver medals in Beach Volleyball and Judo, UQ ranked second overall in Badminton (Men’s), Fencing (Men’s & Women’s), and Tennis (Women’s).

UQ’s Men’s Rugby 7s team also earned promotion to 2019 Nationals Div 1 after claiming a silver medal in the Div 2 competition.

2018 UniSport Nationals Div 1 – Team UQ Results

Athletics – Men (overall rank: 1st)
Men’s 1500m – Callum Davies (1st)
Men’s 4x100m Relay (1st)
Men’s Long Jump – Liam Adcock (1st)
Men’s 4x400m Relay (1st)
Men’s 200m – Jonty Flottmann (1st)
Men’s 100m – Jonty Flottmann (2nd)
Men’s 1500m – Max Whiteoak (3rd)
Men’s Pole Vault – Liam Adcock (3rd)
Men’s 110m Hurdles – Ryan Neale (3rd)
Men’s 800m – Ben Gibson (3rd)

Athletics – Women (overall rank: 1st)
Women’s 5000m – Samantha Phillips (1st)
Women’s 10000m – Samantha Phillips (1st)
Women’s 5000m – Lily Dolton (2nd)
Women’s 10000m – Lily Dolton (2nd)
Women’s 400m Hurdles – Natalie Otway (2nd)
Women’s 200m – Sachini Godamunne (2nd)
Women’s 100m – Sachini Godamunne (3rd)
Women’s 110m Hurdles – Tiana Morrison (3rd)
Women’s Long Jump – Tiana Morrison (3rd)
Women’s Discus – Maddison Sherriff (3rd)
Women’s 4x400m Relay (3rd)

Badminton – Men (overall rank: 2nd)
Monash University dft. UQ, 159-127 (2nd)

Badminton – Women (overall rank: 6th)
Bond University dft. UQ (6th)

Baseball – Open (overall rank: 7th)
UQ dft. Western Sydney University, 13-2 (7th)

Beach Volleyball – Men Pairs (overall rank: 2nd)
The University of Western Australia dft. UQ, 2-0 (2nd)

Beach Volleyball – Women Pairs (overall rank: 1st)
UQ dft. Australian Catholic University, 2-1 (1st)

Beach Volleyball – Mixed Fours (overall rank: 1st)
UQ dft. Macquarie University, 2-0 (1st)

Cheer & Dance – Mixed (overall rank: 3rd)
Dance Jazz Doubles (1st)
Dance Team Pom (2nd)
All Girl Team Cheer Level 1 (2nd)
Co-ed Team Cheer Level 2 (3rd)
Dance Hip Hop Doubles (3rd)
Dance Team Hip Hop (3rd)
Dance Team Jazz (3rd)

Cycling – Men (overall rank: 3rd)
Men’s Road Race – Carter Bettles (3rd)

Cycling – Women (overall rank: 6th)
Women’s Criterium – Alexandra Martin-Wallace (2nd)

Fencing – Men (overall rank: 3rd)
Men’s Novice Foil – Oliver Bellwood (1st)
Men’s Epee Team (2nd)
Men’s Sabre Team (2nd)
Men’s Epee – Lachlan Crook (3rd)
Men’s Novice Foil – Phillip Janowicz (3rd)

Fencing – Women (overall rank: 3rd)
Women’s Novice Foil – Caley Madden (1st)
Women’s Sabre Team (2nd)
Women’s Foil Team (2nd)
Women’s Epee Team (2nd)
Women’s Novice Foil – Qianru Chen (2nd)
Women’s Novice Foil – Anna Raftery (3rd)
Women’s Sabre – Morgen Douglas (3rd)

Futsal – Men (overall rank: 7th)
UQ dft. The University Of Western Australia, 7-3 (7th)

Golf – Men (overall rank: 10th)
Men’s Div 1 – Harry Fry (10th)
Men’s Div 1 – Richard Swann (16th)
Men’s Div 1 – Harry Stevenson (22nd)
Men’s Div 1 – David Budway (24th)

Handball – Mixed (overall rank: 1st)
UQ dft. University of Sydney Technology, 34-30 (1st)

Hockey – Men (overall rank: 1st)
UQ dft. The University of Adelaide, 4-0 (1st)

Judo – Men (overall rank: 1st)
Men’s Team (1st)
Men’s Under 100kg – Ryan Hasell (2nd)
Men’s Under 90kg – John Taylor (3rd)
Men’s Under 81kg – Elliott Cutmore (3rd)
Men’s Under 66kg – Donato Spinosa (3rd)

Judo – Women (overall rank: 2nd)
Women’s Under 57kg – Megumi Hamashima (1st)
Women’s Team (2nd)
Women’s Under 57kg – Vivian Chua (3rd)
Women’s Under 52kg – Carol Ng (3rd)
Women’s Under 52kg – Karlijn Anemaat (3rd)
Women’s Under 57kg – Chanyanut Wongfu (3rd)

Kendo – Women (overall rank: 6th)
Women’s Kyu – Anna Opertowski-Marshall (6th)

Rowing – Men (overall rank: TBA)
Men’s Lightweight Four (2nd) 

Rowing – Women (overall rank: 3rd)
Women’s Single Scull – Kate Rowan (1st)
Women’s Lightweight Single Scull – Katelin Douglas (2nd)
Women’s Lightweight Quad Scull (3rd)
Women’s Eight (3rd)

Rugby 7s – Men (Div 2 overall rank: 2nd)
Western Sydney University dft. UQ, 26-15 (2nd)

Sailing – Open (overall rank: 3rd)
UQ Sailing (3rd)

Softball – Women (overall rank: 6th)
Queensland University of Technology dft. UQ, 14-4 (6th)

Squash – Mixed (overall rank: 1st)
Mixed Team – UQ dft. University of New England, 17-1 (1st)
Men’s Singles – Nicholas Calvert dft. Jon Van Der Kreek, 3-0 (1st)
Women’s Singles – Samantha Calvert dft. Jessica Osborne, 3-2 (1st)
Men’s Singles – Jon Van Der Kreek (2nd)
Women’s Singles – Jessica Osborne (2nd)

Swimming – Men (overall rank: 5th)
Men’s 200m Backstroke – Harrison Abeya (1st)
Men’s 100m Backstroke – Harrison Abeya (2nd)
Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay (2nd)
Men’s 50m Backstroke – Harrison Abeya (3rd)
Men’s 4-50m Medley Relay (3rd)

Swimming – Women (overall rank: 5th)
Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay (2nd)

Table Tennis – Men (overall rank: 4th)
Men’s Team (4th)

Table Tennis – Women (overall rank: 4th)
Women’s Team (4th)

Taekwondo – Men (overall rank: 3rd)
Men’s Individual Poomsae – Tristan Jong (1st)
Men’s Team Poomsae (1st)
Men’s Under 54kg – Jing Jie Lai (2nd)
Men’s Under 74kg – Bodee Bignell (3rd)
Men’s Under 68kg – Azman Karim (3rd)
Men’s Under 87kg – Ayman Ahmad Ali (3rd)

Tennis – Men (overall rank: 6th)
UQ dft. University of New South Wales, 4-1 (6th)

Tennis – Women (overall rank: 2nd)
The University of Melbourne dft. UQ, 4-1 (2nd)

Touch – Mixed (overall rank: 1st)
UQ dft. Griffith University, 7-6 (1st)

Touch – Women (overall rank: 5th)
UQ dft. University of New South Wales, 4-1 (5th)

Ultimate – Men (overall rank: 6th)
The University of Western Australia dft. UQ, 13-9 (6th)

Ultimate – Women (overall rank: 6th)
UQ dft. University of Wollongong, 11-2 (6th)

Volleyball – Men (overall rank: 3rd)
UQ dft. The University of Melbourne, 3-1 (3rd)

Water Polo – Men (overall rank: 4th)
The University of Sydney dft. UQ, 10-6 (4th)

Image above left: UQ's Jessica Osborne and Samantha Calvert face-off in the Women's Singles Squad gold medal match.

Media: Jamie Mitchell, UQ Sport,, 0423 785 752.