Sixers Smash hits the Illawarra

4 October 2017

Cricketer wicket keeper and batman hitting the ball

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has announced a big bash league style cricket match for international students will be held at the University of Wollongong this week as part of a StudyNSW and CricketNSW project.

StudyNSW is investing $358,000 in 10 partner projects to improve the international student experience in the State.

Mr Ward said Cricket NSW has received $55,000 in co-funding from StudyNSW to deliver Sixers Smash – a series of four cricket events for students in locations across NSW, including Wollongong on 8th October.

“This event is a great opportunity for overseas students to meet and engage with the Wollongong community,” he said.

“It will help break down barriers between international and domestic students and encourage international students to engage fully with our community,” Mr Ward said.

Sydney Sixers General Manager Dominic Remond said the Sixers Smash will create an exciting opportunity for international students to get their mates together and join in Australia’s favourite sport, one of summer’s oldest traditions.

“We’re delighted to offer a number of students the opportunity to intern with the Club and experience sports administration while studying at university,” Mr Remond said.

University of Wollongong Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings CBE said more than 6,000 international students study at a UOW campus in Australia.

“A further 7,500 students are taking advantage of UOW’s teaching at one of five campuses in our university’s global network. This is a wonderful opportunity to partner with StudyNSW and its partner Cricket NSW to create an event where students can meet and interact through sport.

“It helps them not only build friendships but also develop networks that will enrich their learning through being exposed to new ideas and ways of thinking,” Mr Wellings
said.

The NSW Minister for Trade & Industry Niall Blair said StudyNSW was investing $358,000 in 10 partner projects across NSW to improve the international student experience.

“With more than 267,000 international student enrolments in NSW last year, it’s important we make each student feel welcome while studying in our State,” Minister Blair said.