Sporting chance for colleges

St Margaret's second-year Alex McLennan shows her colours. Photos: Peter McIntosh
St Margaret's second-year Alex McLennan shows her colours. Photos: Peter McIntosh
Caroline Freeman College first-year student Aisling Shirley plays volleyball.
Caroline Freeman College first-year student Aisling Shirley plays volleyball.
Rebecca Thompson, of Arana College, took to sports day like a duck to water.
Rebecca Thompson, of Arana College, took to sports day like a duck to water.
University of Otago vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne poses with first-year Cumberland College...
University of Otago vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne poses with first-year Cumberland College students (from left) Tory Pollock, Grace Nelly, Lauren Stewart, Imi Blance, Hayley Lochett, Kaitlyn Milmine, James Hickman, Grace Hyslop and Georgia Allen.
University student Liam Collett enjoys an ice block.
University student Liam Collett enjoys an ice block.
First-year Studholme College student Josh Burnett on the rugby field.
First-year Studholme College student Josh Burnett on the rugby field.

Thousands of students dressed in their team colours converged on Opoho Park in North Dunedin yesterday, for a sports day organised by university gym and recreation centre Unipol.

The sports day, which is part of Orientation Week every year, involved all of the university's residential colleges, the university's Locals programme and students living in the University Flats.

Hayward College students band together during the sports day.
Hayward College students band together during the sports day.
Unipol sports and facilities officer Rebecca Kurtovich said about 3500 students turned up.

Volleyball, netball, touch rugby and soccer were all played, and some students donned fancy dress and painted their faces and bodies to show support for their colleges.

''[The day] was fantastic,'' she said.

The day was just for fun - but next week was the beginning of a formal inter-college tournament which would run all year.

Students enjoyed the fine weather and the refreshments on offer during the day. Other activities were held, too, but the main focus was on sport, she said.

St Margaret's College residential assistant and second-year student Alex McLennan, who was dressed up to show support for her college, said St Margaret's had got ''every single one'' of its students along.

Arana College students enjoy the 2019 college sports day at Opoho Park.
Arana College students enjoy the 2019 college sports day at Opoho Park.
''It's so good,'' she said. ''It's a great way to get to know people.''

Otago University Students' Association president James Heath said the weather had been good for O-Week so far, and students were looking forward to the toga party at Forsyth Barr Stadium tonight.

It is the only event which the wider public cannot attend, and about 2000 students are expected.

OUSA created an instructional video on how to tie a toga, which is available on its Facebook page.

elena.mcphee@odt.co.nz

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