19th annual student sports day

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Sporting fun in the sun

First-year University of Otago students competed for honours in the 19th annual student sports day, held at Logan Park on Tuesday.
Students from each of the university’s residential colleges competed in an array of sports, including touch, netball, soccer and volleyball in the afternoon.
Students also attended from UniFlats, the university housing for international students, and from the Locals Programme, students in their first year at university still living at home.
University of Otago sports and facilities officer Sam Sinclair and intercollege sports co-ordinator Sophie Ehlers jointly co-ordinated the day and estimated it had attracted about 3500 students. Mr Sinclair was pleased by how the day turned out, with weather playing a big part in festivities. “It’s been a belter of a day. It adds to the atmosphere when the sun is shining. The event is a positive event in promoting a healthy lifestyle as an alternative to the drinking culture,” Mr Sinclair said. The event promoted the “collegiate way” of Otago and provided a point of difference, he said.
While the sports day was strictly social competition between the colleges, sporting fixtures between colleges were expected to get more competitive throughout the year, Mr Sinclair said. After the inaugural year of the sports and intercultural (College Colours) competition last year, the university had sought to build on its success. “The sport and intercultural competition has all colleges compete in a number of events through the year to be crowned overall sport or cultural champion.”