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USIT Games The Host Responsibility Games

USIT Games The Host Responsibility Games

“University Sport NZ has taken a very strong stance to ensure the usit BEYOND Travel University Games in Dunedin this Easter is known as the host responsibility Games,” said Darel Hall President of USNZ.”

“USNZ has a responsibility to the local community and to students to ensure responsible host practices are built into our events. We have involved police, health and the district licensing agent as well as local HANZ representatives in discussions for some time. This has ensured we maintain our efforts on host responsibility through focusing on licensed premises for social events. In effect, we are replicating the system for the 1997 Easter Tournament in Dunedin, which was successful according to the relevant authorities.”

“Representatives from all the agencies have been invited to come to our functions to ensure we are indeed meeting the high levels of host responsibility set.”

“University Sport has moved a long way from the events of 1990. We have a moderate to high level of competition with around 60 New Zealand representatives expected to compete among the 3,000 student athletes over Easter. In recent years we have hosted several Australian competitors, and while they are generally very good, we do expect to beat them.”

“We are selecting a women’s volleyball and a women’s soccer team for the World University Games in Beijing, China during August this year. There may be other teams if they are of a high enough standard and have the motivation to compete with the levels of support available.”

“Our efforts are focused on recapturing the majesty of student sport in terms of excellence in performance of student athletes and the sheer good fun and exuberance that comes from participation. Our continued work on host responsibility is part of our strategy to seek greater professionalism in how we manage tertiary sport for students, while retaining the spirited student edge,” Mr Hall concluded.


For further details contact the USNZ National Office
04 499 3550

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