Griffith athletes compete in World Uni Games

Bachelor of Business student Matthew Denny will represent Australia at the 2015 World University Games.
Bachelor of Business student Matthew Denny

Four Griffith students are Korea bound to represent Australia in track and field, taekwondo, water polo and swimming at the 2015 World University Games.

The emerging athletes and Griffith Sport College members – Matthew Denny, Serena Fraser, Tiana Sogaard-Andersen and Kiah Melverton – will join the Uniroos team from July 3 — 14 at the International University Sports Federation 2015 Summer Universiades. They will compete against more than 9000 student-athletes from more than 170 countries.

Sports College manager Duncan Free OAM said it was fantastic to have four members representing Australia at such a highly regarded competition.

“This is such a massive sport event, similar to the Commonwealth Games, that it is great to have four students representing us in four different sports,” he said.

The students

Matthew Denny (Bachelor of Business)

  • Competing in shot put, discus throw and hammer throw
  • Matthew recently competed at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Athletics Championships where he placed fourth in the discus throw.
Serena Fraser
Serena Fraser

Serena Fraser (Bachelor of Health Science)

  • Competing in taekwondo
  • Serena travelled to the 2014 Commonwealth Championships in Glasgow to represent Australia in taekwondo

Tiana Sogaard-Andersen (Bachelor of Business)

  • Competing in water polo
  • Tiana was recently selected for the Aussie Stingers FINA World League training squad and has represented Australia multiple times throughout her career at age level

Kiah Melverton (Bachelor of Exercise Science)

  • Competing in swimming events of freestyle and breastroke
  • Kiah has won multiple medals at the 2015 Australian Age Championships
  • She was also a finalist at the 2015 Open Australian Championships


The Summer Universiade or World University Summer Games is held every two years. Find the full event calendar here.

For more about what the Griffith Sports College has to offer visit the Sports Zone at the Griffith Gold Coast Open Day on July 26.