Olympic and Commonwealth Games
Elite student-athletes at Olympics and Commonwealth Games
Of the 419 members of the Australian Olympic team to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games, 58% were elite student-athletes. Selection to and competing as an Australian Uniroo at the Summer Universiade enables a leap forward in terms of Australia’s international competitiveness and encourages and develops more student-athletes, while at the same time, better aligning university elite sport programs with the national high performance pathway, especially towards Olympic and/or Commonwealth Games representation.
Unisport Australia likes to celebrate and acknowledge the elite student-athletes who represent Australia at either an Olympic or Commonwealth Games. Some of these athletes have been UniRoos, showcasing the pathway in university sport while some have benefited from the opportunity provided to them as elite student-athletes in reaching the pinnacle of their sport.
Universiade and Olympic Medalists
The Universiade features more than 20,000 athletes from 170 countries. For many, the event is a crucial stepping stone for talent progression on the international scene as young stars strive for Commonwealth and Olympic Games selection.
Trap shooter and 2013 Summer Universiade champion, Catherine Skinner led the Uniroos into the opening ceremony at the 2015 Summer Universiade before going on to win two bronze medals, first in the individual trap event as defending champion, and then as the leader of the women’s teams event. In 2016, Skinner won Olympic gold in Rio in the women’s trap with a near flawless campaign that will be etched in history as one of the greatest performances of the 2016 Olympic Games.