Sports Awards


Celebrating University Sport

Book your ticket for the 2014 event now!  Grab your copy of the invitation here.

The University of Newcastle Sports Awards presentation is a prestigious event in the sporting community.


The tradition of recognising sporting achievements began when the university awarded University Blues in the 1950's and are presented to athletes who competed at the highest level.


In partnership with the University of Newcastle, NUsport has added to this tradition by including University Colours for sports administration, Sport Club and Sports Person of the Year awards.   The Awards reflect the University’s ongoing commitment to providing high quality sporting opportunities for its students.


University's sporting best to be honoured - 29 August 2014

The Sports Awards will be presented on Friday, 29 August 2014 and will feature the presentation of the University Blue and Colour Honours as well as sport scholarships, Sports Club of the Year and the Sports Person of the Year for 2013.

The event will be held at Newcastle City Hall from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.

Blues are awarded to students of the University of Newcastle who have shown outstanding sporting ability when representing the University.  Blues recipients for 2013 are Cameron Copeland rugby league player and Katie-Jayne Kelly for the sport of hockey.

Colours are awarded for outstanding contribution to the administration and organisation of University sport.  Colours recipients will be Nikki Hancock for hockey, Katherine Johnston for the sport of softball and cricketer Brett Norris.

The Sports Person of the Year is awarded to the University student who has excelled in their sport while studying during the 2013 academic year.  The finalists for the Sports Person of the Year are Tara Andrews in the sport of football, hockey player Katie-Jane Kelly, rugby league player Robbie Rochow and Heptathlete Sophie Stanwell.

The Sporting Club of the Year recognises the attainment of high standards in sports administration by a University sporting club during the 2013 academic year with finalists: Boat Club, Men's Hockey, Tennis, Women's Hockey and Water Polo.

On the night, well known media sport commentator radio broadcaster Gerry Collins will lead a panel discussion with some of the University's most successful students and sports people.  Guest panellists include Sophie Stanwell who competed at the recent Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Paralympic Gold Medallist Heath Francis, Snow Sports Olympian Matt Graham and former Knights' player Dr Mark Sargent.

  • Blues

    Blues may be awarded to students for excellence in sport when representing the University. Candidates must be enrolled students proceeding towards a degree or a diploma at the University of Newcastle and must demonstrate both sporting excellence and contribution to University sport.

    Download your nomination form here.

  • Colours

    Colours may be awarded to members of NUsport or Campus Central Clubs or Representative Team officials who have made an outstanding contribution to the organisation and administration of University sport over a period of at least three academic years.

    Download your nomination form here.

  • Sports Club Of The Year

    Sports Club of the Year recognises the attainment of high standards in sports administration by a University Sporting Club during the academic year.

  • Sports Laureates Association

    The 'UoN Sports Laureates Association' was formed on 7 September 2013, at a Special General Meeting of the then Blues Association.  The Blues Association, itself a long-standing group of University Blue Recipients, resolved to expand their Association to include all recipients of University Sports Awards - Colours, Sports Persons of the Year Finalists and Honorary Life Members of the University of Newcastle Sports Union / NUsport.


    The objects of the Sports Laureates Association reflects those of the Blues Association but go on to include objectives consistent with the work recognised by University Colours:

    • to work closely with NUsport, Campus Central and the University in the promotion of excellence in university sport; to encourage, foster, promote and extend university sport;
    • to encourage members to maintain an active involvement in university sport;
    • to encourage Students and Graduates to represent the University in sport;
    • to make recommendations to NUsport, Campus Central and the University on matters relating to University sport and University sporting awards;
    • to promote the recognition of sporting excellence within the University;
    • to encourage and assist Students to develop leadership skills;
    • to encourage the recording of the history of sport at the University and to assist in passing on the history and traditions of sport at the University;
    • to organise activities which provide members with opportunities to associate.
    • Membership of the Sports Laureates Association
    • Membership to the Association is open to all University of Newcastle Blues, Colours, Sports Person of the Year Finalists and Honorary Life Members.

    Membership application forms can be found here and forwarded to NUsport or the Association Secretary.


    Darrel Sparke  0412 762 772

    Michael Lancey  0413 222 842

  • Sports Person Of The Year

    Sports Person of the Year is awarded each year to the University student whose sporting achievements and sportsmanship during the previous academic year are deemed to have been the most outstanding. Excellence can be in any area of sporting endeavor including outstanding achievement in the areas of sports administration or officiating, e.g. refereeing or managing/coaching at national level.

    Download your nomination form here.

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