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April 26, 2010 | by  | in Features | [ssba]

Team Vic at Uni Games Twenty-ten

Team Vic began its Uni Games journey when the rowers left in the early hours of the morning of 8 April, followed by the rest of the team who left Wellington in the early hours of 12 April. What followed was a nine-hour bus trip with Doug “I’m a Coach Driver not a Bus driver” to Invercargill.

Three days of competition ensued, with the team putting up a fight for the shield, however, due to distance we lacked the numbers and the shield, OUR shield—Shieldy—now has to spend the year in the frozen south til we can bring it back where it belongs.

Team Vic may have lacked in numbers, but we made up for it in results, winning five gold medals, one silver and four bronze.


Men’s Singles—Gold
Women’s Singles—Gold

Vic 2—Gold
Vic won all five trophies on offer at the Debating Competition.
Vic Debsoc took its winning streak to twelve consecutive wins at a Uni Games.

Cross Country:
Silver (Tomas “London Bridge” Bridgeman)


Men’s Singles—Bronze
(Brook “Morepork” Morepeth)

Men’s B—Bronze

Vic 1—Bronze





Team Vic’s spirit was strong. At certain stages during the closing ceremony all you could hear in the velodrome was “V—I—C. VV—I—C” over the larger team chants from Otago and Auckland. The chants were even louder when Michael “Lone Victory Lap” Pittams made his way down to the stage to grab the unguarded shield for a final victory lap for Victoria University around the velodrome, before running down the stairs prompting Sport Southland staff to give chase. They eventually caught up with Michael “Lone Victory Lap” Pittams after he got tired and needed a rest. Rebecca “Grabaseat” Van Kuyk also spurred the team into further frenzy when she competed in Grab a Seat’s musical chair competition, coming second and then announcing to all the sports teams over the PA system that AUT was not a real university.

Team Vic would like to thank its sponsors VUWSA, Victoria University of Wellington and Railway Metro New World.

Team Vic would also like to extend its gratitude to The Ascot Park Hotel for taking such amazing care of our team, in particular The Tavern staff (Denise the bar manager you were amazing), house keeping and the reception staff (Katie thanks for being so understanding and whoever was on when the team left at 4.30am Saturday morning).

VUWSA would like to thank its athletes for their participation in the Invercargill Uni Games and hopes that you will return and compete in next year’s Uni Games 2011.

The team

Melissa “Manager” Barnard
Brent “You’re dead to me” Hayward

Rikki Owen
Adam Lagan
Pekahau Parata
Sam Hillman
Devan “Where’s My Snowboard?” McDonald
Hone Komarkowski-Simpson
John “Drivethrough/sweatervest” Shoemaker
Josh McCombie
David Nichols
Tim Kung
Maclean Gordon
Kale Joines
Paley Li
Lisa Scott
Margaret Scott
Jessica Slade
Rebecca “Grabaseat” Van Kuyk
Rachel Beck
Matthew “Guns” Simister
Misaki “Late Night Van Hostage” Ochi
Gerrard “Ged” Light

Squash/the Squishies
Michael “Lone Victory Lap” Pittams
Stephen “Spider Bill” Kibblewhite
Robert “Wine and Cheese” Wall
Stephanie “Fanny” Smith
Jacob “Anger Management/ Teets” McCarthy

Brook “Morepork” Morpeth

Cross Country
Tomas “London Bridge” Bridgeman

Amy “Dance Skillz” Robson

Lingy “LingLing/Lynx/Ca-Ching-a-Ling” Au
Scott “Scooter” Roche
Raimona “Rai” Tapiata
Abigal “Abi” Tepania
Stirling “Stir” Tito
Raiha “Giggles/Surfer Chick” Piripi
Moraz “Moron/Raz” Parker-Potai
Stephen “Comatose” McLaren-Elvy

Asher Emanuel
Lauren Brazier
Nicholas Cross
Richard D’Ath
Udayan Mukherjee
Tom Matthews
Sebastian Templeton
Sam Ward
Daniel Wilson
Paul Smith
Cassandra Shih
Jodie O’Neill

Courtnee “Tragic” Walker
Renee De Ruyter
Amelia Smith
Alisha Allan
Tekura Moeka’a
Tanya Wilson
Taina Wilson
Julie “COACH” Wilson

Kane “GHD” Landers
Liam “Snowflake” Foley
Max “Max Payne” Hardy
Thomas “Drogba” Banda
Daniel “Rooney” Salter
Yorick “Prank Call” Canales

Samantha McCombie
Tessa Bone
Rachel Mason
Larissa “KB“  Print
Vanessa Haigh
Riva Fisher
Lisa “Lap” Rofe
Alice “Makita” Courtney
Stacey Hone
Stephanie Clarke
Claire Rainier
Allanah Faherty
Katrina “Kat“ Fort
Jessica Judd
Amy Robson
Paul Rainier
Robert “Rob“ McDonald
Matthew “Wake up in the morning feeling like Matt Castle” Castle
Mark Harte
Griffin “Griff“ Hunt
Nick Launder
George Abernethy
Cameron Pentecost
Andrew Taylor
Hamish “Useless” Journeaux
Edward Warren
Douglas Cade
Justin “Maddog” Hurst
Michael “Big Mike” Herder
Silipa Burgess
John Chapman
Melissa Harding
Henry Lane
Francessa Kliffen
James Robbins
Axel Dickenson
Kelly “American Kelly” Allen
Jessica Vallance
Victoria Bartley
Josh “Tom Sparks” Roche
Owen Gibson
Nick Maher
Rohan Cahill-Fleary
Tam “Danger” Irvine
Liam Sweeney
Belinda Martin
Edward Cade
Paul Moreno
Lowry Gladwell
Elizabeth “Libby” Major
Tim “Swamp” Wilson


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