GCC News

End of GCC Celebration and Awards Presentation

Prof Garton accepts the University award from GCC

Congratulations to our 81 teams on stepping up and completing the GCC journey around the world. A celebration of our achievements with an awards presentation was held on the 22 October with many GCC participants in attendance.

The University was awarded the 3rd most active organisation in Australia, in the Education and Training sector. The Provost, Professor Stephen Garton, accepted a crystal trophy on behalf of the University from Dave Feilding, GCC Account Manager. GCC medals were also presented to most active and most improved teams and individuals.

View the full GCC Presentation.

GCC Winners and Awards

Congratulations to the Footrot Flats from the Faculty of Veterinary Science who have just beaten Dead Men Walking from ICT to win the top team award for the Global Corporate Challenge. The team, comprising Drs Alex Chaves, Simon de Graff, Peter Higgins, Sabrina Lomax, Siobhan Mor (Captain) and Joanna Whitney, also won the most improved team award.

What motivated them to walk an average of 18,713 steps a day? A desire to beat their nearest rivals. The team made small but significant changes to their lifestyle including: walking to and from work or the train station, taking the stairs instead of the lift and walking up and down on the spot while other people just stood still.

Our most active staff members were Adrian Cuenca (Shapeshifters - Injury Management Services) who averaged 34,155 steps,and Justine Bashford (Sydney Law School) who averaged 29,330 steps.

The most active area in the University was the Library with their one team, Virtual Voyagers, taking out the honours.

Professor Adrian Bauman, Director of Prevention Research Collaboration at the University, will be using the data from the GCC to investigate the impact of the Global Corporate Challenge on health outcomes for staff who participated. Results of this research will be available soon.

Congratulations to all 567 participants!

Top 5 Most Active Australian Universities

1) University of Wollongong (NSW)
2) Queensland University of Technology (QLD)
3) University of Sydney (NSW)
4) Edith Cowan University (WA)
5) Swinburne University of Technology (VIC)

There’s more for 2013!

GCC is now here all year round. Participants still have full access to a range of tools to help them have fun and stay on the right path to a healthy life.

Discover what features of the current program you can access beyond the finish line, including 'Step Entry' which has now reopened and is available through your original site log-in.

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming events which are part of the 2013 GCC program; GCC Sprint and GCC Energy.

Final University of Sydney GCC Score Card

Daily Step Average: 12,609
Total distance (km): 484,748

Leader Board

Uni Rank Team Area Distance (km) Step Average
1  Footrot Flats    Vet Science  9,390  18,714
2  Dead Men Walking   ICT  9,322  18,578
3  ICT – Inspire.Challenge.Trample  ICT  9,124  18,230
4  Virtual Voyagers   Library  8,569  17,078
5  CIS Chasers  CIS  8,264  16,471

Most Improved

The Rheum Zoomers

Congratulations to the Rheum Zoomers from Sydney Medical School who were the most improved team with a 31% increase in their step average at the half-way point of the GCC. Team members Monique Macara (C), Annica Wong, Emma Smith, Joanna Makovey, Lyn March, Lyndall Henderson and Marita Cross each received a back-pack full of goodies, awarded by Justine cantley, Injury Management Coordinator (third from right). These girls are zoomers by name and zoomers by nature! Well done.

Holly Burt

Congratulations also to Holly Burt from Sydney Nursing School's "Mallett Movers" on being the Uni's most improved stepper with a 138% improvement at the half-way mark of the GCC. Holly was awarded with a FitBit which is a cool device that keeps track of your daily physical activity plus more. Keep it up Holly.

Best Team Photo

CAASTRO voted best team photo

The votes are in and the University's Best Team Photo competition has been decided. Congratulations to our winners: CAASTRO.

Click here for more details about our top five photos and who were the favourites with our voters.

GCC launch event on 23 May - BodyJAM


A large group of GCC participants came along to our BodyJAM session at the SUSF Sports and Aquatic Centre on 23 May. It was good fun and helped everyone involved to begin the Global Corporate Challenge "on the right foot" by getting their steps-up through dancing to the BodyJam beat.

Stay tuned for other GCC activities and let us know if you have other suggestions for getting our GCC participants together for some fun activities - contact WHS Services x15555 or whs.information@sydney.edu.au