Medicine Student competes at World University Games

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Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 20-8-2009

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

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A first year medicine student from The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney recently represented Australia at the World University Summer Games in Belgrade, Serbia.

Melissa Hammond was selected for the Australian University Sport Women’s Water Polo team after her achievements in the national league season. She has been playing the sport for over 12 years and has represented Australia in both the Under 17s and Under 20s age groups.

The World University Summer Games are held bi-annually and attracts over 10,000 students from 170 countries. It is one of the world’s largest multi-sport events and is second only to the Olympics is size and scope.

Ms Hammond said that even though her team finished 5th overall, the experience she had at the Games was amazing.

“It was truly unique for me, as I have never competed in such a large competition.

“For two weeks we lived in the athletes’ village with all the other students who were competing. We got to meet and make a lot of friends from all over the world representing hundreds of different universities and sports.

“Belgrade is an incredible place and is very different from Australia; it was a unique opportunity to play water polo there. My two weeks in Serbia is something I will never forget,” said Ms Hammond.

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