June was a month brimming with achievements and milestones for the UNSW sports community. From stunning victories in local and international arenas to the recognition of our facilities, the UNSW spirit of excellence was on full display. Here’s a recap of the standout moments from a month of unforgettable sports action.

James Ramm, a standout talent from UNSW, played a pivotal role in leading the Northampton Saints to a historic victory in the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Championship. In a gripping final against Bath, the Saints emerged victorious with a 25-21 win, clinching their second title in a decade. 

James Ramm celebrating the title with Northhampton Saints

Peam Palakawongse, the dedicated president of the UNSW Fencing Club, brought home a silver medal from the ACT Open Sabre competition. Competing against some of the best fencers in the region, Peam’s performance was nothing short of impressive. His leadership within the club and on the piste is a testament to his dedication to the sport.

Peam Palakawongse holding his silver medal

In archery, Markus Kuhrau hit the bullseye, securing gold at Diamond Valley Archers as a compound archer in the State Target Championship with an impressive score of 1369. Exciting to see what the future holds for Markus.

The Village Green Wellness Precinct received a prestigious nomination for the 2024 Australian Sport, Recreation, and Play Innovation Award in the Places & Spaces Design category. This nomination acknowledges the Precinct’s exceptional design and its contribution to fostering a vibrant sports culture at UNSW. The facility’s innovative approach to wellness and recreation has set a benchmark in creating spaces that promote physical activity and community engagement.

Markus Kuhrau aiming for gold

James Tirado continued his streak of successes with a bronze medal in the 200m para event at the Oceania State Championships. His achievements this year have been nothing short of remarkable, and seems to go from strength to strength each month.

James Tirado in full flight securing bronze in the 200m

One of our Swans players, Joel Amartey showcased his talents kicking nine goals in a thrilling match against Adelaide. Joel, and another one of our EAP’s James Rowbottom, have been dominant for the Sydney Swans this year and are currently sitting two games ahead of Carlton at the top of the ladder.

Joel Amartey celebrating his 9th goal

Molly Thomson, a proud Wiradjuri Country girl and a rising star at UNSW, was awarded the BP Scholarship. This scholarship is granted to the most promising Indigenous student-athletes, supporting their academic and athletic endeavours. Molly also just competed at the UniSport Indigenous Nationals games where our team finished 6th overall.

To tenpin bowling and Justin Dinham finished seventh in the Youth category at the 54th Singapore International Open. Justin also competed in Malaysia, where his team secured gold and bronze medals at the 23rd Asian Junior Championships. 

Molly Thomson accepting her BP Scholarship
Justin Dinham celebrating gold with his team

June was a month that highlighted the breadth of talent and achievement within the UNSW sports community. From the fields of rugby and the pistes of fencing to the tracks of para-athletics and the lanes of bowling, our athletes have excelled on local, national, and international stages. The Village Green Wellness Precinct’s recognition also underscores our commitment to providing world-class facilities for our community. An incredibly diverse month of achievements in June – onto July!