School sport: Ultimate frisbee will be one of 12 sports being contested at the Eastern University Games to be held in Coffs Harbour next month.
School sport: Ultimate frisbee will be one of 12 sports being contested at the Eastern University Games to be held in Coffs Harbour next month. Brett Wortman

University Games coming to Coffs

COFFS Coast accommodation providers will be bursting at the seams in early July.

Around 2000 students from 20 tertiary institutions in New South Wales and the ACT will descend on the city to compete in the 2010 Eastern University Games.

With them will come 170 team managers and a number of officials, staff and volunteers, bringing the total number of beds booked to more than 2200.

“We are very excited with our final numbers for the Games,” said Rob Sheekey, 2010 Eastern University Games project manager.

“This event is growing each year and it is great to see so many students travelling to Coffs Harbour to compete in this multi-sport event

“With so many visitors in town, the event is sure to make an impact on the local community, both in terms of an injection to the economy and engagement with locals through our volunteer program.”

Aimee Purcell, team manager for University of Technology Sydney, is bringing 260 students to the Games and has booked out five hotels in the city for five nights.

“Our team is too big to house in just one hotel in Coffs,” she said.

“We are bringing a massive team this year and are competing in every sport except tenpin bowling. Our team is enthusiastic and we expect to be a force in a number of sports, particularly mixed netball where we are the current Australian University Games champions.”

The event, supported by Australian University Sport, Coffs Harbour City Council and Southern Cross University, will cover 12 sports, including basketball, football, handball, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, rugby union sevens, tenpin bowling, tennis, touch, ultimate frisbee and volleyball and is held concurrently with the Northern University Games in Toowoomba and the Southern University Games in Bendigo.

Event organisers are still looking for volunteers to help with the running of the major event.

People interested should contact Karl Cummin on 6659 3393.



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