All the ACU teams and coaches showed fantastic spirit and competitiveness at the Australian University Games (AUG) in Sydney from 28 September – 3 October.
ACU finished the games with a medal tally of four gold, three silver, two bronze and 16 green and gold medals for individual excellence. Some of the Australian University Games (AUG) teams had the pleasure of being coached by ACU’s finest. Here is a little bit about our fantastic support staff who worked as coaches under the Paid Inside Work Policy.
Nathan McLean I'm the men’s and women's futsal coach for the 2014 Australian University Games. Having worked in elite sport with Melbourne Heart FC and Vic Metro Under 18s AFL squad, I brought a strong sports science focus to the teams’ preparations for the games. This was my 6th Australian University Games and the second as a coach, after being selected as an All Australian AFL player in 2010 and captaining the men's AFL team in 2011. I'm a great believer in sport being a great convener of life lessons, so sharing an awesome event like the Games with students is a dream come true!
Paul Callery I have been fully involved with the development of ACU's association with the Uni Games since ACU became a national university. Mark Young (National Sports Coordinator) recruited me to help out at the AUG in Perth as the AFL men’s and women’s coach. We defeated Melbourne University in the grand final in front of 3000 students from all universities – it was an amazing game. Two years later in Adelaide we won the women's grand final. I have loved every year and my involvement with students as the grandfather of the Games. I have been associated with sport at many levels in my life but no experience is better than being with our students at the AUG.
Jake Hardiman A Jake of all trades a master of none - I know a little about a lot, and a lot about a little. With an employment history at the Australian Paralympic Committee, Victorian Institute of Sport and Melbourne Vixens, I'm a creative thinker, inspired problem solver and democratic leader. Having been involved in five University Games campaigns, I try to create an enjoyable and successful playing environment that allows participants to take the most from the experience both on and off the court, whilst representing the University proudly.
Stephen Burke I am old enough to remember when ACU staff members were able to complete in the AUG events. I played basketball for ACU many years ago. I worked with the men’s, women’s and mixed touch teams at the AUG on the Gold Coast in 2013 and the men’s and women’s basketball teams at the Eastern Games in Newcastle this year. I worked with men’s touch football and mixed touch football at this year’s AUG in Sydney. I keep my sanity with endurance events - marathon (42.2kms - completed 33) road running and triathlon (swim 3.8kms, cycle 180kms and run 42.2km - completed 10 Ironman events). I have a level 2 coaching certificate in basketball, coach for Basketball NSW and work as a high performance coach for Basketball Australia.