Notre Dame takes home Doug Ellis trophy

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 6-10-2010

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Campus

Publication Place



To cap a remarkable week at the Australian University Games, The University of Notre Dame Australia has won the Doug Ellis trophy, for the first time in its history, for excellent performance in a range of competitive sports.

Awarded to the best performing university on a per capita basis of total student population, the Doug Ellis trophy is a Champion award and a great honour for participating students of Notre Dame.

A record total of 121 Notre Dame students competed at the Games, with 112 students participating from the Fremantle Campus and 9 from the Sydney Campus.

Notre Dame’s Student Life Office Manager, David McLean, said he was thrilled with the result and proud of each individual student for an impressive effort in their respective sports.

“Our men’s volleyball team fought out an epic final and won the silver medal. The men’s hockey team won a bronze medal defeating Deakin University 7-1 in the bronze medal match and our men’s tennis team won their bronze medal playoff match to take home a medal, after winning three rubbers to nil,” said Mr McLean.

Mr McLean said the other teams to impress included the mixed touch team, mixed beach volleyball, rugby 7’s, lawn bowls and mixed netball teams.

“Our individual athletes also did an amazing job throughout the week, with two silver medals on the track, a bronze in sailing, and some great results in swimming and golf with numerous personal bests across the sports,” he said.

“Congratulations to all students that competed. Without the contribution of everyone, we would never have taken home the silverware, and made the 2010 Australian University Games one to remember."

In commenting on the size of the Notre Dame contribution compared to larger competing universities, Mr McLean said size didn’t matter when it came to giving your all.

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog!” he said.

Mr McLean acknowledged the hard work of Fremantle Campus Sports Officer, Jaimee Montgomery and Sydney Campus Student Life Officer, Matthew Bennett, for their tireless effort and commitment in coordinating the Notre Dame team at the Games.

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