Two students have been selected by their respective countries to attend the upcoming FISU World Forum – held in Costa Rica from 3-8 December 2022.
Jason Nel (left) from Victoria University of Wellington Te Herenga Waka in New Zealand and Nicolas Mallia (right) from Torrens University in Australia will be joining over 60 other students and 100 university sport administrators from across the world at the 2022 FISU World Forum.
The FISU World Forum is an event held every two years, bringing together students and administrators from National University Sport Federations. The Forum aims to not only showcase best practice of university sport from across the world, but also provides delegates an opportunity to share learnings from university sport in their own countries as well as learn from each other.
New Zealand representative Jason Nel is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing and Management and competes in the sport of Rowing.
“I am looking forward to attending the FISU World Forum in Costa Rica. It will be an excellent chance to interact with students and officials from across the world, as we continue to develop university sport. I am also privileged to be speaking on how New Zealand is leading the way in sporting gender equality”, says Mr Nel.
Mr Nel is also involved with University and Tertiary Sport New Zealand (UTSNZ). He is currently undertaking a marketing internship role and is the student representative on the UTSNZ Board of Directors.
Sarah Anderson is the Executive Officer of UTSNZ and told FISU Oceania (that) “A key focus area within the UTSNZ strategy is the provision of quality participation and performance pathways that contribute to tertiary student engagement and experience – not just for student athletes on the court or field, but also off it. Educative opportunities such as the FISU World Forum provide a unique and valuable leadership opportunity for students and we are excited and proud to see Jason take part in the 2022 Forum in Costa Rica. It is hoped that the opportunity will help Jason forge new and expanded networks, while also supporting the concept of global citizenship which has increasingly been at the forefront of tertiary institution objectives”.
Australia’s representative is Nicolas Mallia who is currently studying a Bachelor of Business Sports Management, competes in the sport of Athletics and Cricket and is also an official in the sport of Australia Rules Football.
“I am really excited to have been selected to be the student representative for UniSport Australia ta the FISU World Forum. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that UniSport, Torrens University and FISU have given me. I cannot wait to get across to Costa Rica and get stuck into all the activities and meet people from other universities” says Mr Mallia.
Mr Mallia is passionate about ensuring all students have the opportunity to engage with sport and activity whilst studying. He is also heavily involved in sport on campus as a UniSport Australia student ambassador where he organises social sport and activities for students at Torrens University.
Both Mr Nel and Mr Mallia are also graduates of the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy for 2023.
For more information about the FISU World Forum visit their website.
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