Adelaide University Sport Win SA Challenge

Adelaide University Sport Win SA Challenge

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Jahan Emery

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Adelaide University Sport has won the annual SA Challenge against UniSA Sport, Flinders University Sport & Fitness and Torrens University Sport.

The University of Adelaide’s talented students were able to secure seven of the eleven pennants, winning Strava athletics and cycling, eSports, lacrosse, ultimate frisbee, basketball, netball and T20 cricket. We also won a trial version of SA Challenge touch football, which is set to become one of the official SA Challenge competitions in 2021. Flinders University won the tennis and volleyball competitions while UniSA were able to take out the badminton and wheelchair basketball events.

Our Intervarsity Events & Student Engagement Officer Thomas Sharpe was elated to be able to provide students with the opportunity to compete in a year with unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19.

“In a year that has had its challenges it was great to see SA Challenge taking place. It was a little later in the year than usual and the competition was held over two months, rather than two weeks allowing for multiple new sports added to the schedule. With a focus on student engagement, not only was there in person and inclusive sport, there was also the element of virtual sport for the first time.”

It was certainly one of the best SA Challenges we’ve seen so far with Thomas’ favourite moment being witness to a long time participant for Adelaide University Sport win his first pennants.

“A highlight for myself was long time competitor Nathan Reade breaking his duck of never winning a pennant after around 10 attempts, to win two in one day. He hit a near impossible three point shot on the buzzer to win by a point in the basketball, and was instrumental in the play that set up a buzzer beating shot in the netball 5s as well. A great way to win your first and second SA Challenge pennant, both on the same day!”

Congratulations to all students who participated on your efforts this year and a huge thank you to UniSA Sport, Flinders University Sport and Torrens University Sport who we ran the SA Challenge with.