Notre Dame Excels at National University Games

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 16-10-2006

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle

Publication Place



23 athletes from The University of Notre Dame Australia’s, Fremantle Campus recently returned to Perth after a very successful week at the Australian University Games (AUG) in Adelaide.

The University was represented by two teams; Rugby 7’s and Mixed Netball and by two individual athletes; Rock Climber, Mr Luke O’Donohoe and Decathlete, Mr Chris Johnson.

The Rugby team won all seven of their pool matches, ending in a finals clash with Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Though QUT won the match 31-14, the second place achieved by Notre Dame was the highest ever by a WA university in this event and three Notre Dame students made the Green and Gold representative team.

Fremantle Campus Student Life Office Manager, Mr David McLean said though all of the Notre Dame athletics are to be congratulated for their fantastic efforts at the competition, the individual athletes were nothing short of superb.

Rock climber, Luke O’Donohoe dominated the intermediate category to win gold in the speed climb and the on-sight climb, earning him gold overall in the Intermediate Division.

“The gold in the speed climb was special for Luke, he defeated every competitor in the knockout competition, including the advanced climbers,” said Mr McLean.

Decathlete Chris Johnson also dominated the decathlon finishing on 6992 points winning the gold medal in convincing fashion. Mr Johnson’s nearest rival was on 6195 points, and his strength across all disciplines was a highlight of the competition.

“All the students should be congratulated for a superb event and hopefully those who are still students in 2007 will be along for more of the same on the Gold Coast at next year’s Australian University Games,” said Mr McLean.