13 October 2010
The victorious mixed beach volleyball team.
RMIT University athletes have brought home a myriad of medals and awards after a highly successful Australian University Games in Perth.
The RMIT Redbacks were awarded the Spirit of the Games for the first time at the national event, having won the prestigious award for two years in a row at the Southern University Games.
The John White Spirit of the Games trophy is presented to the university that has shown the best team spirit, fair play and organisation during the event.
Pro Vice-Chancellor Students and Vice-President, Professor Joyce Kirk, congratulated the Redbacks on their achievements at the Games.
"We are very proud of all their efforts and the dedication they have shown in travelling to the other side of the continent to represent RMIT," Professor Kirk said.
"The 'Spirit of the Games' award they have brought back to Melbourne is an outstanding reflection of their sportsmanship and generous fair play.
"RMIT supports all students in stepping out of the classroom and becoming involved in the many facets of campus life, from sport to the arts.
"We look forward to getting more of our sport-focused athletes to the Gold Coast for the Games next year."
The 84 athletes who went to Perth received financial assistance from RMIT Union Sport and Recreation to help meet the costs of travelling to the games, and were also supported by RMIT Union's Sally Tanner and Janelle Farley.
RMIT’s top performers:
Mixed beach volleyball (AUS beach volleyball champions)
Taekwondo - Poomsae creative (Sammy Scaffidi)
Women’s Long Jump (Kelsey McCloskey-Huckin)
Taekwondo - Poomsae (Sammy Scaffidi)
Taekwondo - Sparring (Sammy Scaffidi)
Men's pairs beach volleyball (Tony Cassis and Tony Valena)
Green and Gold awards for the best performers:
Marc Goodwin - Men’s basketball
Stephen Lewis - Men’s water polo
Gabrielle Tabban – Mixed beach volleyball
Sammy Scaffidi won gold and two silvers in the taekwondo.
Silver medal winners in the men’s beach volleyball, Tony Cassis and Tony Valena.
Stephen Lewis (left) won the Green and Gold Award for best performer in water polo.
RMIT’s mixed netball team brought home a silver medal.
The men’s golf team were bronze medal winners at the games.
Long jumper, Kelsey McCloskey-Huckin, on the medal dais.