April was a month of notable achievements and milestones for UNSW. From karate to basketball, from kayaking to athletics, April saw UNSW athletes making waves across various sports.

Kicking off with the debut of Lachlan Armstrong in his first-ever karate competition at the Australian Open. Despite being a newcomer to the competitive scene, Armstrong displayed commendable skill and determination in both the kata and kumite categories, finishing a commendable 10th. 

Lachlan Armstrong (third from the left) entering his first-ever Karate competition

The University Basketball League (UBL) concluded yesterday which marked UNSW's inaugural participation in the league. The men's team finished 11th overall, while the women's team secured a respectable 7th position, earning them a spot in the finals commencing next week. We wish the girls the best of luck going into finals basketball.

Turning to the waters, Dominic Curtin made waves at the 2024 Paddle Australia Canoe Slalom Championships, clinching the gold in the Kayak Cross event, and adding a bronze in the K1 category to his repertoire. A name to keep an eye on in the future for sure.

Salina Perera for the women's team (photo by Jason Dan/Clutch Media)
Dominic Curtin gold medal in the Kayak Cross

Meanwhile, the UNSW Athletics team made a remarkable impression at the UniNationals Athletics event. Placing 4th overall in the Men's category and 7th in the Women's category, marking it their best finish in a very long time. Notable performances include James Tirado's silver in the 100m para-athletics (PA) (UniSport Record) and gold in the 200m, Logan Campbell's bronze in the Men's 1500m, and Christopher Geordas' gold in the 200m, setting a UniSport record. Tamsin Colley's dominance was undeniable, sweeping gold medals across 100m PA, and the 200m, 400m, 800m, Long Jump and 4x100m whilst breaking all the UniSport Records. An incredible achievement and a future Para-Olympian no doubt.

Tamsin Colley sporting her UniNationals Athletics gold medals

To fencing, and Allan Goodman secured a bronze in the Senior Men's foil category at the state championships, showcasing UNSW's prowess in the more traditional sporting arenas. Ethan Jamieson has been called up again to the Australian Universities cricket team after his debut in 2022 capping off an amazing few months after recently receiving a Vice-Chancellor’s Blues Award. And of course, reported on yesterday, the Rowing club capped off their exceptional 2023/24 season by winning the Edward Trickett NSW Grade Championships

Allan Goodman bronze in the Senior Men's foil category at the State Championships
Ethan Jamieson showing us how it's done.

April was undeniably a month of triumphs, breakthroughs, and records for UNSW's sporting community. From the dojo to the court, from the water to the track, UNSW athletes proved yet again that we are spoiled for talent and we can’t to see what May brings.