World University Games 2019

Ten students from the University of Auckland were selected to represent New Zealand at the World University Games in Naples, Italy, in July this year.

The World University Games, also known as the Summer Universiade, is a major international sporting event which takes place every two years, with top student athletes from around the world gathering to compete. These games are second to the Olympic Games in terms of size and are a key milestone for young athletes who want to progress to Olympic level. This year saw 9,000 athletes from over 128 countries compete.

Business student Nat Eady, who was part of the women’s 4x100m relay team, managed to come home with a bronze medal as well as a New Zealand record! 

Sprint athlete Briana Stephenson describes her experience of the Games village.“When we arrived in Italy, I soon realised the difference in culture and climate with it being 30°C + every day. Our accommodation for the following two weeks was on huge cruise ships docked in the port with unlimited food, drinks and pool access so I was definitely not complaining.” Briana was on her senior international debut and said being on the track in a stadium filled with so many spectators was an “indescribable feeling”. The aspiring doctor called it an “absolute trip of a lifetime”.

"I cannot put into words how grateful I am for this opportunity, and I could not have got there without your help." "I will be forever grateful for your contribution." - Briana Stephenson

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