O'Week 2019

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Tom Sharpe

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The excitement of the new year was in full swing this week with new students attending the University of Adelaide’s O Week. AU Sport was there to help them get active, and it seemed to be a pretty popular place to visit.

The RCC Fringe site was turned into a ‘festival of clubs’ on Monday and Tuesday, with first years looking to see what clubs, sport and fitness activities are available at the University. Many clubs reported that the interest that the received on Monday was more than all of the interest received for all of 2018.

On Wednesday, AU Sport took over the Laws and despite the heat, many people got involved. Tennis SA providing three hotshot courts for people to have a game of tennis, Squash SA loaned their portable court to the AU Squash Club to provide those who have not had a go at squash. Other clubs such as Cricket, Touch and Football provided mini coaching clinics as well as the Fitness Hub testing students fitness abilities.

One of the highlights of the day was seeing Jordan ‘Biggie’ Steffens, ‘Australia’s strongest man’, flex his muscle with amazing challenges throughout the day. The day started with Biggie lifting a 120km bolder over his head as well as completing a 70kg single arm snatch. With the support of the student crowd, Biggie pushed the limits in blistering heat. In an amazing effort, he was able to lift an estimated weight of 500kgs in the form of a ‘yoke’ with six UofA students loaded on the yolk as he walked in front of the Barr Smith Library. His efforts inspired a number of students to attempt the bolder lift, with AU Boat Captain and UofA student, Hugh Langford being the only person to raise the 120kg bolder to his hips.

If you didn’t get to visit us during O Week, CLICK HERE to see all the action. If you want to see how you can get involved, come visit us at 'Clubs in the Hub' on Wednesday, 6 March or pop into the AU Sport Office, Ground Floor George Murray Building and have a chat to Tom, Charlie or Sara who would love to help you get involved.