UQ Goorie Goannas win big at National Indigenous Games

30 June 2022

Competing against 28 teams from across Australia in the UniSport Indigenous Nationals, The University of Queensland Goorie Goannas have come second overall with 130 points, only 4 behind Australian Catholic University. They also earned gold in the netball round.

Ecstatic winners of the netball round.

The UQ Goorie Goannas were pool winners in the basketball, made it to the semi-finals of the touch football and won the netball round grand final 22-15 over Monash University, before reaching the semi-finals of the volleyball.

UniSport Indigenous Nationals is a four-day mixed competition across touch football, basketball, netball, and volleyball. The event was hosted by QUT at a range of Brisbane venues.

UQ co-captain Mitch Gainsford said it felt really good to come together as a Goorie Berrimpa ‘family’ and to have a bond with everyone.

“Building that vibe, we went into the netball grand final and smashed it and came home with gold,” he said.

“It feels like we have a much tighter unity and bonds than other Unis … we all love each other to bits in the Goorie family.”

Some of the netball action

Another team member, Lesley Scanlan said the Goorie Goannas’ regular training really paid off.

“It was also really special that we all melded together and it just flowed well,” she said.

“We had some members through from last year but it’s also good to have fresh faces coming through … new friendships and family!”

National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games (NITESG) began in 1996 as a joint class project between 13 students enrolled in a Diploma of Aboriginal Studies (Community Recreation) at the then Wollotuka School for Aboriginal Studies (The University of Newcastle).

Some of the volleyball action

Now referred to as Indigenous Nationals, the event is a week-long multisport competition for Indigenous student-athletes.