More than 1,500 young athletes will head to Adelaide next winter to show off their skills in the Southern University Games.
Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said the popular event would be held in multi-sport Adelaide venues from July 5 to 9, 2015.
“We’re delighted to be hosting this event, which will include university students from across South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania,” he said.
“Participants in the Southern University Games are renowned for their friendly but competitive approach to sport, and they also love to explore their host city and state.”
About 500 officials and support staff will accompany athletes, with the Southern University Games expected to generate $1 million for the South Australian economy.
The event will be sponsored by the South Australian Tourism Commission through Events South Australia.
Minister Bignell said Adelaide has attracted global attention as one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities to visit in 2014, and the city is renowned for offering visitors a warm welcome.
“The students will be able to sample Adelaide’s array of small bars and renowned restaurants, and we’ll be encouraging them to make the most of their time here and visit the beautiful and diverse regions that are so close to the city.”
The Southern University Games are owned and managed by Australian University Sport, which runs sporting programs at a regional, national and international level.
The annual event features sports including AFL 12s, basketball, golf, hockey, netball, tenpin bowling and volleyball. Successful athletes will qualify for the Australian University Games, which were held in Adelaide in 2012 and will return to the city in 2018.
Australian University Sport CEO Don Knapp welcomed Adelaide as host of the 2015 Southern University Games.
“The city is easy to get around, the sporting facilities are world-class and with the majority of the 1,500 expected participants at the Games coming across from Victoria, the event will also have a positive economic impact on the host city,” Mr Knapp said.
“Additionally, the fact that South Australians embrace and support sport with great enthusiasm adds to the formula for success.”