University of Auckland cements top status in tertiary sport with third title

26 September 2018
Tertiary Sport Shield
Overall National Tertiary Champions.

The University of Auckland has triumphed as Overall National Tertiary Champion once again, holding the University and Tertiary Sport Shield aloft for the third year in a row.

The 95-year-old inter-tertiary shield was presented to the University’s sports director Louis Rattray on Sunday night, upon completion of the 2018 National Tertiary Basketball Championship at AUT stadium on the North Shore. The shield is awarded to the tertiary institution which accumulates the most points from competing in a series of national tertiary championships (NTC) throughout the year.

We lead the overall UTSNZ points table throughout the year and eventually closed out our nearest rival the University of Waikato by 22 points with an overall tally of 99.

This was thanks to our gold-medal winning performances in half of the sports contested; 3x3 basketball (men’s), futsal (women’s), badminton (mixed), volleyball (men’s) and ultimate frisbee (mixed) and second place finishes in three competitions; futsal (men’s), table tennis (men’s and women’s) and volleyball (women’s).

Associate Director of Campus Life, Sport and Recreation Louis Rattray attributed the University of Auckland’ shield success to a wider programme of sport:

“For us, we’ve created an ecosystem around sport so whilst this is great to be winning at the top level, our system supports people playing sport at all levels. We put as much effort, if not more, into our social leagues and inter-faculty leagues, and then what spills out of that is quality competition at the top.”