MU Sport is pleased to name Ebru Efe and Isaac Smith as Captains for the upcoming University Nationals to be held on the Gold Coast from the 22 - 27 September.
Ebru Efe has been a regular fixture when it comes to Melbourne’s representation at the Uni Nationals (formerly Uni Games) over the past six years. The Doctor of Physiotherapy student has a passion for soccer, which has seen her represent Melbourne in Intervarsity competition since she began as an undergraduate. Moreover, her association with the Uni Nationals has seen her act as the female squad’s team manager over the past three years, before taking the step up in 2018 to represent the University as Captain. Not only has she been a regular participant in the Games, but has also achieved considerable success, as reflected in her receipt of four Half Blues and the award for University Sport Team Manager of the Year in 2017. Ebru is thrilled to take on the challenge and hopes to help foster a culture of fun and success for Melbourne’s intervarsity representatives.
“We have been really good at working together as a team and embracing that culture in the past,” she said. “We have come to expect success, especially in the soccer, and will be looking to go one step further than last year and take home gold.”
Ebru has also taken the opportunity to combine her passion for physiotherapy with her love of sport, acting as the head game day trainer for both the men’s and women’s soccer clubs at the University.
Isaac Smith is synonymous with rowing at the University of Melbourne. Having been part of the Boat Club since 2013, he has represented Melbourne at Intervarsity level since he was an undergraduate with considerable success. He has been part of medal-winning teams on four occasions, with rowing in the 2017 Men’s Australian Boat Race crew as a particular highlight.
Though he will be stepping into the Captain’s shoes this year, Isaac will be taking on a slightly different role to the one he might have hoped; having struggled with a respiratory problem over the past couple of months, he has been unable to train in the lead up and will most likely not take to the water this September. He is excited, however, to embrace the challenge of leadership outside of competition.
“I plan to get around to a range of sports and support the whole Melbourne contingent,” he said. “I also want to spend a bit of time around the rowing squad - share my experience and help them to get the best out of themselves.”
While completing his Master of Science with a Major in Mathematics, Isaac has fully embraced the culture of MU Sport. Having been part of the Elite Athlete Program since 2015, and working in the Beaurepaire Centre for the last two years, he has found a real balance between his sporting pursuits and his studies.
Both Ebru and Isaac are excellent students and sportspeople alike and will represent the University with distinction. We look forward to following their endeavours closely both now and into the future.
University Sport Captains Isaac Smith and Ebru Efe. Photo: Tobias Titz