Uniroos New - Rio Edition

Uniroos News - Rio Edition
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Student-athletes ready for final examination in Rio

The focus of the sporting world will turn to Rio as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad begin.
Of course there’s a lot riding on the results in Rio, with the Winning Edge program aiming for a top five finish for Australia and a significant improvement on the team result from London in 2012.
The Australian team will number 421 athletes and for the first time at a summer Olympic Games, Australia will be represented by more women than men - 214 women and 207 men.
Like our Uniroos – who were led in Gwangju at last year’s Summer Universiade by chef de mission Liz Morgan-Brett, the Australian Olympic team will also be led by a woman – Kitty Chiller.
From our perspective at Australian University Sport – it is brilliant to see the continued rise of the student-athlete (those currently enrolled, or recently graduated from university) on the Australian Olympic Games team and the continued trend of previous Australian Uniroos who have made the step to the Olympic Games. It’s a pathway that continues to provide the crucial step from junior international competition, to Commonwealth Games, through the World University Games and senior world championships and then on to the Olympics.
For further information about student-athletes performance in the Olympic Games click here
Rio will see a record number and percentage of student-athletes on the Australian Olympic team with 242 student-athletes making up 57% of the total team.
Student-athletes at the Olympics 2004 - 2016
Games Student-athletes in Australian team Sports % of total Australian team Medals won by student athletes % of total Australian team medals
Athens 112 21 23% 19 39%
Beijing 201 26 46% 26 57%
London 164 24 40% 22 63%
Rio 242 24 57%    

Source: ‘Performance of student-athletes at the Olympic Games’ Australian University Sport 2012

In 13 of the 24 sports in which student-athletes are representing Australia in Rio, more than 50% of the team section are student-athletes.
Uniroos at the Olympics 2004 - 2016

Australia’s World University Summer Games and World University Championship Teams are called the ‘Uniroos.’
76 Uniroos will be competing in Rio in 14 sports.
Since 2004, 158 student-athletes with World University Championship experience have been selected in Australian Olympic teams. This is a significant number highlighting the relevance of these international university events as part of the pathway to the Olympics.
In 2012 in London, eight Uniroos won medals in London for Australia. Interestingly seven of the nine countries that finished above Australia in the medal tally had more student-athletes with previous World University Championship experience who progressed to the podium in London .
Student-athletes selected in Olympic Teams win a higher percentage of medals on a pro-rata basis. This is the case for both Australia and international rivals who finished within the top 10 countries in the medal tally in London 2012. The world university championship events are legitimate pathways to the Olympic Games podium; and countries finishing high in the medal tally are using this pathway very effectively, perhaps more effectively than Australia is.
We will watch Rio with interest to see if this trend continues.
Stats and facts about the green and gold in Rio
Sports ranked lowest to highest by student-athlete %
(inclusive of Australian and overseas universities) 
Data Source: http://rio2016.olympics.com.au/team
NOTE: Data acknowledges the most recent university attended when athletes has attended more than one institution.  
2017 Taipei Summer Universiade

Taipei City - 19-30 August 2017
The 29th Universiade will be held in Taipei next August.
The word Universiade comes from university and Olympiad and means Olympic Games for students.
To be eligible, competitors must be at least 17 and less than 28* years of age as at 1st January in the year of event; be proceeding towards a diploma or higher at either an Australian or overseas university / TAFE or have graduated from one of the above institutions in the year prior to the competition.
* All participants for basketball must be no less than 17 on 1 January in the year of the event and less than 25 years of age on 31 December in the year of the event.
The 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade includes 14 compulsory sports (athletics, basketball, fencing, football, gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, judo, aquatics (swimming, open water), water polo, diving, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, and taekwondo) and seven optional sports (archery, badminton, baseball, golf, roller sports, weightlifting and wushu) chosen by the host city.
For more information contact:
Siobhan James - High Performance and International Program Manager
Australian University Sport
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