The level of results was high at the international SELL Student Games 2012
The 28. SELL Student Games were held last weekend at the campus of Aalto University in Espoo, Otaniemi. Otaniemi was the center of action again after four years – the last time the SELL Student Games were organized in Finland was in 2008.
Nearly 1600 university athletes and around 160 volunteers participated in the event. Most teams arrived on Thursday 17 May and the actual competitions started on Friday lasting till Sunday 20 May.
The results level at SELL Student Games has traditionally been high and this year was no exception. Some high-ranked athletes took part in for example athletics, chess and judo and gave the sport enthusiasts something to watch and wonder. Men’s basketball final was definitely the highlight of the weekend, with the gold going to Lithuania, Vytautas Magnus University.
In floorball, Aalto University’s men’s team won a tough match against Riga Technical University. Aalto women had to settle for silver as Tartu University’s women took the lead position. All in all, Sunday was an exciting day due to the team sport finals and the spirit was high.
The new sports of 2012 – disc golf and fencing – were taken in with much excitement and gathered together an impressive bunch of talented athletes showing great performances, especially in fencing. In total, competitions were held in 14 different sports: athletics, badminton, basketball, chess, disc golf, fencing, floorball, football, judo, orienteering, swimming, tennis, ultimate and volleyball.
In accordance with the green theme of the SELL Games, an environmental seminar on sustainable event planning was held with success during the SELL Games. In addition, this year’s SELL Games undoubtedly presented one of the showiest and most entertaining opening ceremonies in SELL history. The entertainers were mostly students from Aalto University.
The SELL Games organization wants to warmly thank all partners and supporters and in particular, all the volunteers – without their work effort the Games would have been impossible to do.
The SELL countries (Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) take turns in hosting the annual games. This year, the games are being organised by the Aalto University Sports Club and the Aalto University Student Union. The first SELL Games were held as early as in 1923. The tradition was revived at the end of the 1990s. This is the third time that Finland is hosting the “new wave” SELL Games.