Flying the flag for Australia at the World UniGames

Published 16 July 2019

University of New England (UNE) congratulates student Alexandria Teixeira on her sterling performance in the team rhythmic gymnastics at the prestigious World UniGames in Naples, Italy.

Ms Teixeira travelled to Italy along with UNE medical alumnus Jack Hodges, a member of the Games medical team, and UNE staff member David Schmude, the President of UniSports Australia.

The World UniGames Summer Universiade is a major international university sporting competition and is the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympics. This year the biannual games were hosted in Naples, Italy, from the 3rd – 14th July. They presented an opportunity for student athletes who aspire to compete in Tokyo2020 to test their mettle on an international stage.

Alexandria competed as part of the UniRoos team for gymnastics and was one of five athletes in the Premiere Gymnastics Academy team selected for the Rhythmic Gymnastics division for Naples. She competed at Palavesuvio Hall on the 11th – 13th of July. The team scored 18.800 in both finals events, the first time a team from Australia has scored over 18 points in an international competition.

“I feel very honoured to represent the Uniroos and UNE at the World Summer Universiade. I really enjoyed the international competition,” Ms Teixeira said.

Alexandria and her team have Tokyo2020 in their sights, but to get there, like all student athletes, they must balance the demands of university and their sporting commitments.

Alexandria is currently studying a Bachelor or Exercise and Sports Science at UNE.

David Schmude is the CEO of UNE Life and the current President for UniSport, an organisation that supports university sport and is the representative for Australia at the Summer Universiade.

“It was great to see how the games not only foster opportunities for student athletes but also create an occasion for university staff to participate in. I hope to use this experience in my role as CEO of UNE Life, especially towards the UNE Sports Academy program that supports elite athletes studying at UNE,” Mr Schumude said.

Jack Hodges graduated from UNE in 2016 with a Bachelor of Medicine and has recently been selected to join the medical team at the UniGames. As part of the medical team Jack tended to the concerns of the athletes in the village and was a part of the emergency unit alongside events. Jack is currently working as a doctor in the emergency department at Armidale Hospital.

UNE congratulates Jack, Dave and Alexandria on their involvement in this sporting event.