I was delighted to officially open our new $3 million Graduate Clubrooms on Saturday.
The new facility replaces four separate buildings, the newest built way back in the 1950s.
When we think of the great achievements in our University’s history, naturally we tend to focus on the research and education that are part and parcel of University scholarship.
We also think of our great graduates, such as Nobel Prize-winners, the Braggs and Howard Florey.
But sport has been an important part of the life of our University almost since its earliest days…
And Howard Florey was a renowned tennis player as well as being a gifted student and researcher. He earned a full blue from the Sports Association for his prowess on the tennis court.
Sporting endeavour – along with other non-academic pursuits – has been integral to the lives of some of the greatest academic achievers, helping to provide a sense of balance… and another field in which they can excel.
Whether or not any future Nobel prize winners will use these great new facilities remains to be seen!
But I certainly hope so.