Nine students represented New Zealand at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Our students came home with four bronze medals and a number of impressive performances.
Sulu Fitzpatrick (Faculty of Arts) and Grace Nweke (Business School) were part of the bronze medal winning netball team. Sulu’s sister Theresa Fitzpatrick (Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences) also won a bronze in the women’s rugby sevens. Perhaps the most extraordinary performance came from fourth-year Faculty of Science student Imogen Ayris, who won bronze in the pole vault – even though she had a broken bone in her foot. Imogen, 21, surprised everyone including herself when she ended up in a moonboot after the Games. She’d described her foot as being ‘niggly’ before the event, but it was only when it was scanned later that a fracture was revealed.
Other University students representing New Zealand at the Games were William Fu-Allen (Science) and Samuel Dick (Business School) in Artistic Gymnastics, Havana Hopman (Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences) in Rhythmic Gymnastics, Frazer Tavener (Faculty of Engineering) in Diving and Alice Zeimann (Faculty of Law) in Beach Volleyball.
This year, for the first time since 2019 faculties competed against each other across 17 different sports tournaments, allowing University of Auckland Sport to deliver a full year of programmes without covid disruptions.
Sailing has continued to be a popular activity for University of Auckland students all year round.
The UNIM8S Social Sports Leagues remain as popular as ever, with over 1,500 students taking part throughout 2022.