25 October 2013

Living the dream: my first uni games with the badminton team

Melbourne Marathon

He-wen Chew was awarded a Green and Gold medal at the Uni Games held in the Gold Coast.

He-wen Chew is an RMIT elite athlete competing in Badminton; this year was his first Australian University Games and he shares what is like to be a proud Redback representing RMIT in one of Australia’s highest sporting events.

The 2013 Australian University Games marked my first year as an RMIT student, but also the first time I was a part of the Redbacks. Throughout the week the Redbacks Badminton team was pitted against some of the strongest Universities in Australia including the University of Sydney, Monash, Griffith, University of Technology Sydney and University of Western Australia.

We managed to place third, which allowed us to play the University of Queensland- from pool B. This was an achievement in itself as if the team were to come out victorious over Queensland, we’d have the chance to playoff for 3rd/4th position.

Unfortunately Queensland out-muscled us on the day; Queensland triumphed over us 4-1, a seemingly one sided score line. However, each and every game was closely fought with two of the singles games going to three sets. Even though we were disappointed we had to lift ourselves back up and play for 5th / 6th position the next day.

Disappointment struck again as we went down to University of New South Whales with a score of 3-2. Again, each of the players displayed an enormous amount of skill and spirit, despite the loss from the day before.

To end the week’s competition was the medal ceremony, in which Melbourne University placed first, Monash second and University of Sydney third. RMIT placed 6th, one place better than 2012!

The hard work was compensated and Vicky Na (women’s badminton) and I (men’s badminton) were awarded with a Green and Gold medal.

My first AUG was a great experience- an experience made by the games in competition and the diverse group of students I was able to meet from Universities across Australia.

A special thanks to Vicky Na (Women’s badminton team manager), Bryan Chia ( Men’s badminton team manager), Janelle Farley (Senior coordinator of Sport and Recreation) and of course my RMIT Badminton team!

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