The Summer Universiade is the world's second largest international athletic event, double the size of the Winter Olympics and bigger than the Commonwealth Games.
The word ‘universiade’ comes from the words, university and Olympiad and means Olympic Games for students.
The Universiade features more than 20,000 athletes from 170 countries and for many the University Games are a crucial stepping stone for emerging young stars striving for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games or the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
To be eligible to participate in the Universiade, athletes should be undergraduate or graduate students between the ages of 17 and 28 (Basketball is under 24) or have graduated in the year immediately preceding the year of the event.
The rising stars of Australian athletics, including four debutants from last year’s Olympic Games, will compete at the 29th Summer Universiade this August, with Athletics Australia confirming the track and field team bound for Taipei.
Headlining the 2017 athletics team are Rio Olympians Michelle Jenneke (The University of Sydney, 100m hurdles), and Matthew Denny (Griffith University Gold Coast, discus and hammer throw), who all won medals in Gwangju two years ago.
Also selected in the team is fellow 2016 Olympian Jenny Blundell (The University of Sydney, 1500m, 5000m) with seven track and field athletes competing for the Australian Uniroos at their second consecutive World University Games.
In the field events, Taryn Gollshewsky (Central Queensland University) and Nicola McDermott (The University of Sydney) return for action in the discus throw and high jump respectively.
2015 world championships representative Nicholas Hough (The University of Sydney) starts in the men’s 110m hurdles, along with Angus Armstrong (The University of Sydney, pole vault) and Kyle Cranston (Australian Catholic University, decathlon).
Lora Storey (The Australian College of Physical Education) will compete in the women’s 800m after a stunning victory in the women’s two lap race at the 2017 Australian Athletics Championships, with national long jump champion Chris Mitrevski (RMIT University) also set to make his Uniroos debut.
Read more about the athletics team selection here.
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