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Now 114 years old, the Adelaide
University Sports Association
is well qualified to comment on
the importance of sport and active
recreation in student life.
Back in July 1910, when the
University Oval, pavilion and
Boat Shed were officially opened,
the Governor of the day, Sir Day
Bosanquet, said sport had a powerful
impact on the formation of character,
self-respect, smartness of bearing and
grace of manner. One hundred years
on, various studies have reinforced
the belief that, if you feel good within
yourself from a physical viewpoint,
you will concentrate better and study
with more purpose.
elite athlete to prove this fact.
Encompassing nearly 40 clubs, the
Sports Association offers opportuni-
ties for students to participate in the
sport of their choice at a competitive
or recreational level for a relatively
The university s recent Orientation
Week provided the perfect forum for
the clubs to promote themselves to
new and returning students.
We were overwhelmed by the
The adage 'A
equals a healthy
mind' is never
than in a
writes Mike Daws.
Starting strong at uni
people new to the sport wishing to
learn the game, those who enjoy
a social hit and those who wish to
play competitively. It was a great
mix of interests and students.
Sport is a fantastic pressure
reliever for students in higher
education, and there is always a
standard to fit everyone.
The other aspect of sports
involvement that sometimes can
be overlooked, especially from the
university perspective, is the fun
and social interaction it offers on
and off the field.
Let s view it from the fresh eyes
of a first-year student.
You ve come from a high school
environment, where you were
a Year 12 student, well known
to your teachers and regarded
highly by your peers.
You are thrust into what can be
perceived as a daunting establish-
ment, with 20 times the number
of students, large lecture theatres
and few people with whom you
are familiar; you can become
What better way to meet people
and staff across faculties than
to become involved in sport
and seek out those with similar
interests and an understanding
of study commitments?
It is like being a Year 8 student
starting out at high school all
over again and being overawed by
the surroundings; however, this
time, you are more mature and
ready to try new things.
The ultimate is to take the
sports experience -- where many
students, upon graduating, still
continue to play for "The Blacks"
(the nickname for all University
of Adelaide teams) -- and
compete for the university at the
Australian University Games.
In a recently announced deal
with the SA Government, the
Australian University Games will
be held in Adelaide on home soil
in 2012 and 2018.
The fact that the event will be
held on our doorstep opens up
further opportunities for more
University of Adelaide students
to participate. Graduates often
comment that their participation
in the Games created one of the
most lasting memories of their
Sport and study have been a
tried and tested partnership at
the University of Adelaide for
more than 100 years and continue
to be part of a proud tradition.
You do not have to be a cham-
pion athlete; simply enjoying
physical activity in a fun, social
and encouraging environment
offers equal benefit.
Sport positively adds to any
student s university experience
and remains a key aspect of the
University of Adelaide s culture.
Mike Daws is executive officer
of the Adelaide University Sports
Representatives of Adelaide University s five faculties race into action for the inaugural Vice-Chancellor s Cup in 2009.
Photo: Chris Tonkin
response and the eagerness of
students to become involved in uni-
versity sport, with all clubs recording
a strong increase in numbers.
As an example, the many expres-
sions of interest the table tennis club
received during O Week included
Sport can offer social benefits for young people.
Photo: Angela Wylie
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