03 Jun 2010 14:03:00.000
One hundred and eighty student athletes, three international campuses — one University. The second University of Nottingham Tri-Campus Games kicks off next week in Malaysia, pitting the top athletes from the University’s campuses in China, Malaysia and the UK against each other in a week-long festival of sport.
The competition will be fierce throughout the tournament, which will be part of the celebrations marking the tenth anniversary of the launch of The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC). The tournament is truly international, with more than 20 nations represented across the three campus teams
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Team UK are determined to retain the Tri-Campus Champions title they won at the inaugural Games which took place on University Park, Nottingham, in 2009. But Team Malaysia have the home advantage and are keen to win the crown in their tenth anniversary year. And Team China are preparing to host the Games at their campus in Ningbo, China, next year — hosting the 2011 tournament as 2010 champions would be a tremendous boost for not just the team, but for the whole campus.
Student athletes and their coaches will travel from China and the UK this weekend to UNMC in Semenyih, just outside Kuala Lumpur. The opening ceremony takes place on Sunday June 6. Featuring a procession by all three teams, the ceremony will also see each team captain make a promise to uphold the values of the Tri-Campus Games — sportsmanship, team honour and friendship through sport.
The week-long tournament features 16 different sports, including basketball, tennis, seven-a-side football, table tennis and frisbee. The Tri-Campus Games champion’s trophy will be presented to the winning team on Friday June 11.
Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, said: “The Tri-Campus Games is a fantastic event which reflects so many of the University’s values — dedication, team spirit and a real commitment to the international nature of our institution. I wish all of our teams the best of luck, and will be watching their progress keenly throughout the event.”
For more information on The University of Nottingham Tri-Campus Games, visit our official website at www.nottingham.ac.uk/sport/tricampusgames.php, or the Facebook group at www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=103846590265#, where results and photos will be posted throughout the week-long event.
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