28 June 2012
4th Tri Campus Games
Athletes from around the world descended on Nottingham this week to display their sporting talent in the UK.
They may not have aimed for Olympic gold, but for 180 student athletes The University of Nottingham’s Tri Campus Games (TCG) Trophy represents the most coveted prize on offer.
For the fourth successive year, students from the University’s campuses in China, Malaysia and the UK battled it out across 16 disciplines, at the only international University sporting event of its kind.
The Games, came back to the UK after being held at each of the University’s Asian campuses for the past two years and have been running since 24th June under the banner ‘friendship through sport’.
A unique event
During this time students from over 20 different nations have been competing in sports ranging from table tennis to tug of war, before taking part in a number of cultural activities, chosen to give students a unique educational experience and build lasting friendships.
This year, competitors also have the opportunity of seeing the Olympic Torch as it passes through the University’s Jubilee Campus on the final day of the Games.
TCG organiser Nigel Mayglothling explained: “The Tri Campus Games provides our students with an international sporting and educational experience unique in the University sector and allows us to strengthen our status as ‘the embodiment of the modern international university’.
“The competition allows students to meet their peers, learn about life in different countries and campuses and make global relationships which will help them in developing social and business links in the future.
“Always a close fought series of matches, Team UK will look to triumph on home soil as our Tri-Campus Games returned to the UK appropriately enough alongside ‘the other’ 2012 Games...”
A Five Ring Legacy
This year, TCG is part of a wider sporting celebration being held at the University to mark the London 2012 Olympics. Entitled the Five Ring Legacy Games, other events in the series include:
• the inaugural Nottingham Town and Gown, a thirteen-sport event held to bring University and city sports teams together in their first multi-sport match-up: Saturday 28 April
• the Further Games, offered local Further Education and Sixth Form students the chance to compete in eight sports at an event officially recognised by Inspire 2012: Friday 4 May
• the first Independent Schools Association Games, is to be hosted by the University from Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July
• and the Nottinghamshire School Games, the culmination of Intra- and Inter-school competitions that will see the best of
Nottinghamshire School Sport competing across a dozen events in search of the ultimate Schools Sport Champions: Wednesday 4 July.
Ahead of the latest event in the series, Nigel Mayglothling explained: “Being able to offer and support such a diverse range of Olympic-themed events says much about the University and its engagement with the wider ambitions around London 2012.
“Having our own International multi-sports games offers a template to inspire others whilst the inception of Town and Gown, with the community links and local competition that it establishes, allows us to be both hosts and participants in ‘the greatest Games in Nottingham’.”
All are welcome to join and support our athletes in competition, either in person or via www.nottingham.ac.uk/sport as they celebrate and enjoy their own 2012 Games.
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