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UC students to compete in World University Games

Two Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) students from the University of Canterbury will be representing New Zealand at the World University Games to be held 3-14 July in Naples, Italy.

Max Attwell and Anna Percy will be competing in Athletics. Max is formerly from Wanganui Collegiate School and Anna is a former student from Christchurch’s St Margaret’s College.

The World University Games, or Summer Universiade, is a major international sporting event for student athletes from around the world. It is held every two years and this year more than 9,000 competitors from over 128 countries will take part in Naples for the 30th biennial event. It is second only to the Olympic games in participant numbers and countries in attendance and forms an important pathway for many Commonwealth and Olympic sports, especially athletics.

I’m really excited for the opportunity to represent my university and my country over in Italy. I’ve been aiming for this competition for a very long time and can’t wait to prove what I’m capable of. – Max Attwell


There’s no higher honour than wearing the fern on the world stage, so I’m super excited to get out there and hopefully do the university and New Zealand proud!
 – Anna Percy

UC Rec Centre – sorted your membership yet?

If you’re keen to look after your health and wellbeing while studying, UC Rec & Sport offer great opportunities to lift, move, play and restore. 

UC RecCentre membership is covered by your student services levy* and gives you access to facilities including a gym, boxing training area, climbing wall and sport courts. Membership also includes an extensive group fitness programme with everything from yoga and pump to spin and circuit classes.

New students
If you haven’t sorted your membership yet, you can sign up online – you’ll need to create a new RecCentre account using your student email. During your first visit to the RecCentre we’ll activate your Student ID card and take a photo of you.

Returning students
Your existing 2018 membership will expire on Friday 1 March. You can renew your membership online – you’ll need to log in to your existing RecCentre Account. We’ll then activate your Student ID card when you next visit.

This is also a good time to sign up for social sport leagues, small group training courses and the 2019 Group Fitness Challenge if that interests you.

You can also register your interest in any of the huge range of sports clubs on campus.

Find out more about UC Sport.

*Most classes are at no extra cost if you are registered with the RecCentre. Some classes involve an additional charge.

UC Graduates announced in Super Rugby Squads for 2019

A big congratulations to all current and students and graduates who have made Super Rugby teams  

Braydon Ennor and Will Jordan have been named as two new outside backs into the 2019 Crusaders squad.

Current student Reed Prinsep, who is currently studying Commerce and Law, will be playing for the Hurricanes next season.

The University of Canterbury has a proud history of producing high quality graduates and Crusaders star Ben Funnell and Luke Whitelock are no exception.

Crusaders hooker Funnell is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate, and will be playing for the Crusaders next season, while Whitelock completed a Bachelor of Commerce in management and will be back playing for the Highlanders in 2019.

Whitelock will be joined by James Lentjes who is a BSc graduate. Matt Mould’s another BSc graduate will be playing for the Blues next season.

Funnell, who majored in accounting and taxation, says he chose to study at UC because of the ability to have a good balance of study and sport.

“I saw Christchurch as having a good environment for sport and also the academic side at Canterbury – there was a good life balance between sport, studies and student life.”

“It has opened up a different way of thinking when you come to look at different problems. You have background knowledge and you have an advantage over people when you have that background.”

Funnell’s advice to students is to make sure you know what you want to do when planning a degree.

“Make sure that you have a good study/life balance and base your degree around what your dream job would be,” says Funnell.