Sports Awards


Download 50 years of Sporting History at the Univeristy of Newcastle

2015 Sports Awards nominations are now open!

The closing date for submissions is 10am Monday 7 March 2016.

  • Blues

    Blues are awarded to students who have achieved success in their sport at the University of Newcastle through competition, coaching, administration or other support.  Selection in state, country or open teams and/or success at Australian University Sport events may qualify you for the award of a Blue.

    Download your nomination form here.

  • Colours

    Colours are awarded to syudents or members of Newcastle University Sport who have made a significant contribution to sport at UON over a period of at least three academic years.  Colours may be awarded to members for administration, coaching, officiating or other areas of significant contribution.

    Download your nomination form here.

  • 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.  Up to five (5) finalists may be selected each year.  All selected finalists receive a $500 grant, with the successful athlete receiving $1000.

    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 Team of the Year

    A Team of the Year award has been introduced for 2014.

    Team of the Year is awarded to a sports team representing the University of Newcastle that has demonstrated exceptional sporting performance and sportsmanship, or are deemed to be the most outstanding in the previous academic year.

  • Sports Scholarships

    University of Newcastle and Friends of the University Sports Scholarships

    The University of Newcastle established sport scholarships to encourage and support students with demonstrated sporting ability and potential contribution to the sporting achievements of the University.

    The purpose of these scholarships is to improve the quality of University sporting teams and to establish a standard of excellence to complement the University's academic achievements.

    Up to eight scholarships are offered annually. Seven scholarships are funded by the University of Newcastle (to the value of $1500) and one scholarship is funded by the Friends of the University (to the value of $2000).

    Applications close 31 May 2016.

    Find out more about University of Newcastle and Friends of the University Sport Scholarships here.

    University Rugby Scholarships

    The University of Newcastle, the University Rugby Union Football Club and NUsport are pleased to announce 5 Rugby scholarships in 2016. Talented student rugby players will have the opportunity to apply for $5000 in funding towards their studies. Applicants must be members of the University Rugby Club, play full-time for Uni Rugby and be studying courses as outlined in each scholarship criteria.

    Izzat Consulting Engineers Rugby Union Scholarship - B Engineering (Civil)

    Jeff McCloy Business & Law Rugby Union Scholarship - B Business or B Laws

    McCloy Family Rugby Union Scholarship - B Engineering

    Teachers Health Fund Rugby Union Scholarship - B Medicine

    Lance Coburn Memorial Rugby Union Scholarship - First-year Students

    All Rugby Scholarship applications have closed for 2016.

  • 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 7720412 762 772

    Michael Lancey  0413 222 8420413 222 842


Outstanding sporting achievement honoured by University

University of Newcastle Sports Awards presented 28 August 2015.


Matthew Graham has been named the 2014 Sports Person of the Year by the University of Newcastle.


Graham who established himself as one of the world's leading mogul skiers was among 21 students, past and present and four University Sports Clubs honoured at the prestigious university of Newcastle Sports Awards.


Australian Winter Olympic Athlete, atthew Graham is currently completing a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and Bachelor of Business double degree.  Matt finished the 2014/15 season ranked an impressive fourth in the world which included winner his first medal (Silver) at the 2015 FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup in Deer valley, Utah. 


The Sports Club of the Year was awarded to the Newcastle University Diving & Exploration Society (N.U.D.E.S) for their attainment of high standards in sports administration.

Rhali Dobson (football), Nicola Metcalfe (rowing), Matthew Graham (snow skiing - moguls), Cassandra van Breugel (swimming) and Shaun Swadling (trampoline sports) joined more than 200 of Australia's greatest athletes, academics and business people when they were awarded the prestigious University Blue for demonstrating outstanding sporting ability when representing the University of Newcastle.


For making an outstanding contribution to the administration and organisation of University sport, University Colours were awarded to Graham Campbell (rugby union), Eliza Varela (hockey) and Merran Holmes (rowing).


The University and Friends of the University presented eight sports scholarships to students with demonstrated potential currently balancing their academic and sporting pursuits.  The Friends of the University Scholarship was awarded to Ella-Rose Hugo (archery).  The recipients of the University scholarships were Alicia Kier (athletics), Alicia MacDonald (cycling), Elisabeth Hulin (equestrian), Emma McDonald (swimming), Matthew George (tennis), Ryan Parker (water polo) and Jake Robinson (water polo).


As part of the celebration of 50 years of sport at the University of Newcastle, the inaugural Rugby Scholarships were presented, recognising the sport as a strong pillar in the University's wider community landscape.  The recipients of the Rugby Scholarships were Rylan Gibson, Thomas Bowcock, William Frost, Jack Mackenzie and Leo Manny.


The University of Newcastle Sports Awards recognise exceptional sporting achievement and are managed and presented by Newcastle University Sport (NUsport), which manages the health and fitness facilities, The Forum University and The Forum Harbourside.


NUsport CEO, Mr Chris Hicks, said the success of the University of Newcastle's past and present students clearly demonstrated the calibre of sports people from this region.


'Since1955 the University has presented sporting awards that represent world-class performance and excellence. The Sports Awards acknowledge the outstanding contribution, hard work and dedication of individuals, teams and the organisations behind them.' he said.



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