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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.

 

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.