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2023 World University Games– Chengdu, China

The holding of the Summer University Games has been subject to so many changes in recent years it is difficult to piece together.

Firstly, it will be the first time that this event will use the new name of the World University Games, previously the Summer Universiade. (A Winter Games is also conducted.)

The last Games were conducted in 2019. Then disruptions due to the COVID 19 pandemic led to the cancellation of 2021 granted to Chengdu in China. Then there was the cancellation of the proposed 2023 Games in Russia. The 2023 Summer World University Games were originally granted to Yekaterinburg Russia, but the Russian city's hosting rights were suspended by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) following the invasion of Ukraine. The rights were suspended and not cancelled.

Given that Chengdu in China, was due to host the event in 2021 but was disrupted due to the pandemic, it was a logical substitute.


Day 1 Results (pdf)

Day 2 Results (pdf)

Day 3 Results (pdf)

Australian Team

Men’s Single Scull -Twelfth

Jackson Free (QLD)

Men’s Double Scull - Seventh

Bow: Darcy Watter (QLD)
Str: Alec Paterson (TAS)

Lightweight Men’s Single Scull - Seventh

Damien Schroder (VIC) 

Lightweight Men’s Double Scull - Eighth

Bow: Benjamin Whitmee (VIC)
Str: Nicholas Szigeter (VIC)

Women’s Single Scull - Twelfth

Louisa Bongrain (VIC) 

Lightweight Women’s Double Scull - Sixth

Bow: Maggie Foley (VIC)
Str: Sophie Robinson (TAS)

Women’s Double Scull - Fifth

Bow: Sophie Reinehr (VIC)
Str: Danica Free (QLD)

Mixed Quad Scull - Fifth

Bow: Sophie Reinehr (VIC)
2: Danica Free (QLD)
3: Darcy Watter (QLD)
Str: Jackson Free (QLD)

Head Coach: Chris Holiday (QLD)

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