ABOUT 200 University of Notre Dame students will swap their books for balls, clubs, oars and bikes as they prepare for the upcoming Uni Games.
With Perth hosting the event for the first time in six years, Notre Dame will have a full contingent of 179 students competing in 17 different sports, including athletics, cycling, soccer, softball, golf and rowing.
Among those taking part are Sarah Campion, who will be hitting the soccer field, and James Scrimgeour, who will be taking on the best in European Handball.
Having had her first taste of Uni Games last year, and having played soccer for most of her life, Campion said she could not wait to compete again.
“It was one of the best weeks of my life, playing a sport I love, making lifelong friendships and enjoying some chill out time at the social venues was a wonderful combination,” she said.
Participating in the last three Uni Games in various sports, Scrimgeour said he chose Handball because he had never played it before.
“I chose this sport because in previous University Games I have gone with my strengths in sport and as this will be my last year with Notre Dame I decided to give another sport a go,” he said.
“I truly believe that Australian Uni Games is the best combination of sport and socialising with students from around Australia.
“The list of long-lasting memories I have made are truly cherished.”
The Uni Games are on September 25-30.