Intervarsity Sport

Represent the University of Melbourne in sporting competitions across Australia and overseas.

Intervarsity Sport at the University dates back to the first university sporting competitions in Australia in 1870. We provide students with the opportunity to represent the University in a variety of regional, national and international sporting competitions, such as the Big Blue, Varsity Challenge, and Uni Nationals.

Winged Victory

The University of Melbourne's sporting teams are collectively known as Winged Victory. The goddess of victory Nike is our symbol, and a poet's promise to 'grow in the esteem of future generations is our motto. Together they create the University's crest, which guides our aspiration to compete and contribute in equal measure

Our representative sport program is recognised as one of Australia's most successful. The majority of inter-university sporting opportunities are provided through the national sporting body UniSport Australia.

In recent times, the University has been Overall University National Champion in 2008, 2012 and 2013 and National Runner Up on three other occasions in 2009, 2014 and 2017.

All University of Melbourne representative teams, participants and officials must be approved by Melbourne University Sport, and teams are to be approved according to the Representative Sport Policy. For a student to be eligible, they must be a currently enrolled student at the University of Melbourne.

Intervarsity Teams and Sports

Compete against students from across Australia and continue 150 years of tradition representing the University of Melbourne in intrastate, interstate and international events.

Find out more about each of the major competitions our teams compete in:

Big Blue vs Monash (2023)

The Big Blue encapsulates the sporting rivalry between Victoria’s two largest Universities, Melbourne and Monash.

Rivals on and off the sporting field, the matches are played at Melbourne’s Parkville Campus or Monash’s Clayton Campus during Semester and offer a chance for students to represent their University in a local and competitive setting, at no cost.

A winner is declared at the conclusion of Semester 2 when the head-to-head results are tallied up.

Melbourne Big Blue Champions 2022

University Basketball League (UBL) (March - May 2023)

The University Basketball League Australia (UBL) is a nationwide competition between the best eleven women's and men's basketball teams. The competition is played over an epic eight-week battle, culminating in a two-week final series.

UBL

Triathlon (26 March 2023, Melbourne)
3x3 Basketball Nationals (11-13 April 2023, Sydney)
Athletics Nationals (19-21 April 2023, Gold Coast)
Swimming Nationals (12-14 May 2023, Sydney)
Indigenous Nationals (26-30 June 2023, Monash Uni)
Distance Running Nationals (1-2 July 2023, Gold Coast)
Snow Nationals (3-7 September 2023, Thredbo)
UniSport Nationals (Gold Coast, 23-29th Sept 2023)

The UniSport Nationals provide an opportunity for students to compete against universities from across Australia in a number of national standard sporting competitions. The Nationals are comprised of our flagship event, UniSport Nationals Div 1 and Div 2, and a number of standalone national championships throughout the year.

​The winners from each sport in Nationals Div 1 and Div 2 will be combined with the winners of the various Nationals Championships throughout the year to name one university the Overall Nationals Champions.

https://www.unisport.com.au/nationals

The Australian Boat Race (October 2023, Yarra River, Melbourne)

The Australian Boat Race is an annual rowing race between the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney in the sport of Rowing.

Held annually, the venue alternates between the Yarra River in the heart of Melbourne and on Sydney Harbour. It encapsulates the long-standing rivalry between two great cities and two great universities.

Crews are selected from currently enrolled students at the University of Melbourne.

ABR 2022
T20 Cricket Nationals (Oct/Nov 2023, Adelaide)
Women's Uni 7s

The Aon Women's Uni 7s Series is a tournament for senior female 7s players from University representative teams, organised and supported by Rugby Australia. The tournament comprises of 4 rounds of competition, where each tournament is played across a weekend. Teams often travel interstate to compete.

Women's Uni 7s

Uni Nationals events encompass those National Championships and related events that are delivered by UniSport Australia.

A full calendar of UniSport Australia events can be found on the events page on the UniSport Australia website.

  • You must be an enrolled student at the University of Melbourne to be eligible for selection in any intervarsity event.
  • If you want more details? Contact the Sport Performance Coordinator
Intervarsity Sport

University Champions 2022

The University of Melbourne continued to prove it is one of the country’s premier sporting universities by winning six National Championships at the 2022 Uni Nationals in Perth, taking the University's tally for 2022 to seven after Women's Freestyle claimed gold at Snow Nationals in early September, to claim third overall in the 2022 overall rankings. The seven titles mean the University claims the John Campbell Trophy as South Overall Champions.

Big Blue 2022 Results

The Big Blue encapsulates the sporting rivalry between Victoria’s two largest Universities, Melbourne and Monash.

2022 Results

Resources

See below key Athlete, Team Manager and Coach resources and documents that are related to Uni Nationals events

Contact Us

Can’t find what you’re looking for? For further information regarding Winged Victory and Intervarsity Sport, please contact the Sport Performance Coordinator Tony Sephton on (03) 8344 3833 or via tony.sephton@unimelb.edu.au