The largest university sporting event to be held in Bunbury this year – the inaugural 2016 Western University Games, presented by Alcohol Think Again - was launched today at Edith Cowan University’s (ECU) Bunbury campus.
Expected to attract more than 1,000 student-athletes from across Western Australia, the 2016 Western University Games will be held from 3-6 July offering 19 sports.
Australian University Sport CEO Don Knapp is pleased the inaugural competition is being held in Bunbury.
“Regional university sporting events provide student-athletes with the opportunity to pursue a dual education and sport pathway, which results in both tertiary qualifications and sport participation at all levels of sport across Australia,” Mr Knapp said.
“Sport programs on campus are proven to contribute toward higher levels of student recruitment, retention, completion of study and employability.” Mr Knapp added.
Additionally the Games will provide significant economic benefits for Bunbury through the use of local sporting venues, accommodation providers, restaurants, transport and tourist attractions.
Healthway’s Acting Executive Director, Maree De Lacey, says the Games are an ideal opportunity for Healthway to promote a safe drinking message to young university students who are the next generation of community leaders in Western Australia.
“Drinking alcohol increases the risk of accidents, injuries and health problems,” Ms De Lacey said. “Healthway sponsorships promoting the ‘Alcohol.Think Again’ message have resonated extremely well with young people by prompting them to review how much alcohol they drink, including drinking less.”
Healthway encourages people to look for more information about alcohol and health at www.alcoholthinkagain.com.au.
The 2016 Western University Games is one of four regional Games held simultaneously across Australia, with a range of sports serving as the qualifying competition for the 2016 Australian University Games (25-30 September) in Perth.
The Western University Games is managed by Australian University Sport, the governing body of university sport in Australia; presented by Alcohol Think Again, hosted by Edith Cowan University and sponsored by Healthway.
The Games relies on the participation of the local community to make up the strong volunteer contingent that assists organisers to run the Games. Students looking for valuable work placements and residents of Bunbury and surrounding communities are encouraged to visit www.westernunigames.com.au/volunteer.