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World ranked runner to motivate and inspire new UC students

World ranked runner to motivate and inspire new UC students

February 20, 2014

 
Angela Smit.

World ranked middle distance runner Angela Smit will motivate and inspire thousands of University of Canterbury (UC) students at their Orientation Day on campus tomorrow (Friday).

Smit is ranked among the fastest 800m runners in the world and is also a UC student who manages to successfully juggle her academic studies and her running career.

``This University is a great place for me to study while I chase my running dreams. There are lots of great places on campus. The UC gym has great equipment and even greater staff,’’ Smit says.

``I am really looking forward to getting back into study next Monday. I’ll tell students tomorrow to have fun and live every day to the full. We all need to keep persevering through the tough times.’’

Smit will be competing at an international track meet at Christ’s College in Christchurch on Saturday.

UC Students’ Association president Sarah Platt says it is fantastic that Smit was taking time out of her busy schedule to talk to the big gathering of students and parents at UC Orientation Day tomorrow.

``We’re excited about 2014. This year will definitely be the best yet for UC students since the 2010 earthquake. The campus is already well into the rebuild and positive improvements can be seen every day.

``The UCSA is all about students. We do everything we can to make their time at UC the very best it can be and that doesn't stop with just social events. We also provide academic advocacy and advice, financial assistance and an amazing subsidised dental care programme - just $25 for a complete dental check-up. 

``The student experience we have at UC sets us apart from other universities around New Zealand and our clubs on campus are a big part of that. With more than 120 clubs there is definitely one to suit every student,’’ Platt says. 

UC is a new, exciting and vibrant place to study. Even before the start of the first semester next week we have had thousands of students on campus taking part in welcome activities.

Friday marks a proud time for UC as students and staff celebrate a huge milestone for new students as they embark upon tertiary education and begin an exciting new phase in their lives.

The day combines opportunities for new students to connect and take part in a substantial rock, scissors, paper contest which involves thousands of participants.

As a symbol of the start of a new year, Platt, Vice-Chancellor Rod Carr and Hawkins Construction's South Island Regional manager Steve Taw have had an imprint of their hands inked on to a hoarding around the Registry Building, which is being remediated, in the centre of the campus.

UC, the UCSA and Hawkins are working together on a range of initiatives around campus which use the hoardings as canvases to showcase creative works.

ENDS

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