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Represent UC playing hockey in Auckland

The National University Hockey Champs hosted by University and Tertiary Sports New Zealand (UTSNZ) are being held in Auckland from Wednesday 4 – Friday 6 July. UC will be sending a Men’s and Women’s team to compete at the event. To register your interest in joining the team and representing UC at the tournament register here>

You can view the full calendar of UTSNZ events here>

2018 Group Fitness Challenge – win a free entry

It’s back, better and bigger than before! Are you ready to accept the 2018 helloworld Group Fitness Challenge, on your path to wellness?

What is it?
Your goal is to attend 100 group fitness classes at the UC RecCentre in 8 months (or 217 days to be exact, if you sign up from the get go).   If you haven’t done the math already, it’s 3-4 classes per week, a nice healthy amount of exercise to keep you happy and healthy. We have separate prize categories for those reaching 100 classes and for those reaching 50-100 classes.  There are plenty of spot prizes along the way too, as well as encouragement and rewards for attaining milestones.  In all, we have $1000 in travel vouchers from helloworld Fendalton, and a further $500+ in spot prizes along the way. 

What’s the investment?
Can you really put a price on your health and wellbeing?  Yes, yes you can.  For the tiny sum of $15 (or $10 for earlybird sign ups), you get a wee training booklet to collect your stamps each time you attend a class, and within that booklet around $25 worth of discounts and freebies.

How do I sign up?
Glad you asked. You’ll need to visit the RecCentre and sign up at the counter.  We’ll have a short registration form for you to fill in, you’ll need to give us your monies, and then we’ll issue you your class training diary.  We’ll start taking registrations from Thursday 15 March, and bonus, if you sign up between 15 March and Sunday 18 March, you can get yours for just $10! The challenge starts on Monday 19 March… keep your booklet in your gym bag and collect those stamps at every class.

Win a free entry!
We’re giving you loads of ways to win your registration for free.  First up, attend our Zumba Masterclass on Thursday 15 March at 6.10pm.  We’re giving away five free registrations on the night.  Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a Zumba master, as they say, there are no mistakes in Zumba, just accidental solos! We’ll also be selecting two lucky people who register before Monday 19 March to win their registration back. Make sure you follow our facebook page as well, because we’ll be sure to give some away there too…

For more information, check out our website, we have a whole page dedicated to the 2018 helloworld Group Fitness Challenge (or you can ask our instructors and reception team).

See you soon at the RecCentre.

UC Falcons take the top spot


The University of Canterbury Falcons Men’s Basketball team found the winning formula last week at the UTSNZ National Basketball Championships at Cowles Stadium, defeating rival Lincoln University in the grand final 101-90.

The team finished with a 4-1 record and claimed bragging rights over the competitive eight-team field.  Featuring 10 players from the University of Canterbury Basketball Club that played together in the club season, the side completed pool play with a 2-1 record.  The semi final saw a dramatic come back from the Falcons from an 18-point deficit to win over an athletic Otago University side, 91-71.


Congratulations to Josh Petermann who was awarded Most Valuable Player and named in the All-Star Five selections along with Paul Stephenson.

UC Falcons Results:

G01 Pool vs University of Waikato, W, 78-73
G02 Pool vs Massey University-Albany, W, 100-72
G03 Pool vs University of Auckland, L, 60-62
G04 SF vs University of Otago, W, 91-71
G05 GF vs Lincoln University, W, 101-90

UC Falcons team:

Rohan Russo (Co-Captain)
Josh Petermann (Co-Captain)
Reid Gibbens
Josh Chin
Lauchie Weston
Lochie Freear
Simon Reeves
Carl Isitt
Paul Stephenson
Zacc Dwan
Ben Anderson
Coach: Piet Van Hasselt
Assistant: Liam Connelly
Manager: Emma Cantwell
Performance Analyst (Lead): Ollie O’Connell