Fremantle: Notre Dame students win gold at the Unisport National Championships

Tommaso D'Orsogna (Swimming) and Alanah Yukich (Athletics).
Tommaso D'Orsogna (Swimming) and Alanah Yukich (Athletics).

NOTRE Dame students have been swimming, running and kicking their way to gold medals at the UniSport Australia National Division 1 Champsionships.

Nineteen students travelled to the Gold Coast in September to compete against university students across Australia, bringing home nine medals.

Fremantle swimmer Tommaso D’Orsogna won gold in both the 50m and 100m freestyle.

“I’ve been swimming competitively since the age of eight or nine, I pursued it quite heavily in my undergraduate degree,” he said.

“I felt great winning the 100m freestyle because I got the UniSport national record which was a real surprise.

“I can credit that to a long history of training and competing which gave me a strong base.”

The second year medical student is currently focusing on finishing his degree, but hopes to compete in the championships next year.

Alanah Yukich who won gold in the 400m hurdles, said the championships was a good chance to compete before her athletic season began.

“I was happy to see that result and to see that my hard work payed off,” she said.

“I have been competing since I was 14 years old and I compete professional for athletics.

“I hope next year in July to compete in the World University Games.”

Notre Dame university sports coordinator Max Wason said the students were incredible in regards to their commitment on and off the field.

“They put themselves in whole heartedly, I couldn’t have asked for a better trip,” he said.