Sports Awards


Celebrating University Sport

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.


Outstanding sporting achievement honoured by University

Sophie Stanwell has been named 2013 Sports Person of the Year by the University of Newcastle.

Stanwell who has recently returned from competing at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games was among 17 students, past and present and five University Sports Clubs honoured at the prestigious University of Newcastle Sports awards.

The prestigious University of Newcastle Sports Awards recognised exceptional sporting achievement and featured well known sports commentator and journalist, Gerry Collins, who entertained over 190 people at Newcastle City Hall on Friday, 29 August 2014.

Commonwealth Games athlete, Sophie Stanwell, has recently completed a bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics and is currently ranked the number one women's heptathlete in Australia.  After battling years of injuries since the age of 19, Sophie has defied the odds through persistence, hard work and determination to become a serious contender on the international track.  Sophie joins previous Sports People of the Year including Cross Country runner, Celia Sullohern, Newcastle Jets player, Ben Kantarovski, and Paralympian Heath Francis OAM.

The Sports Club of the Year was awarded to the University Women's Hockey Club for their attainment of high standards in sports administration.

Katie-Jayne Kelly (Hockey) and Cameron Copeland (Rugby League) 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 Brett Norris (Cricket), Katherine Johnston (Softball) and Nikki Hancock (Hockey).

The University and Friends of the University presented eight sports scholarships to students with demonstrated potential currently balancing their academic and sporting pursuits.  Recipients of the scholarships were Matthew Graham (Freestyle Mogul Skiing), Daniel Ireland (Football), Nicola Blatchford (Orienteering), Nicola Metcalfe (Rowing), Melanie Howard (Rugby), Amy Baker (Tenpin Bowling), Christopher Boyko (Water Polo), and Ryan Parker (Water Polo).

  • 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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