Sports Awards


Keenan Derry has been named winner of the 2016 Sports Person of the Year by the University of Newcastle. Keenan is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Design (Architecture) degree and his performances during 2016 include being ranked number three in the world in the slalom, trick and open men’s events. He represented Australia at the 2016 World Barefoot Championships in Wisconsin, USA placing first in the Teams event and third in Open Men.

The Sports Club of the Year was awarded to the Tennis Club for its attainment of high standards in sports administration and the Team of the Year was awarded to Baseball for its outstanding result in 2016.

Matthew Rees (athletics), Laura Stokes (athletics), Nicola Blatchford (orienteering), Sarah Parker (sailing), Ben Robinson (sailing), Laura Robinson (water polo) and Ryan Parker (water polo) joined more than 237 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 Matthew Lay (hockey), Taylor Johnson (scuba diving), Nicholas Carter (rugby union) and Ryan Witt (tennis).

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 Sarah Parker in sailing. The University Sports Scholarships were awarded to Matthew George (tennis), Thibaud Fraisse (basketball), Alexia Hicks (tenpin bowling), Steven Davis (basketball), Mathew Lindsay (ice hockey), Alicia Keir (athletics) and Nicholas Bate (athletics).

Rugby Scholarships were presented, recognising the sport as a strong pillar in the University’s wider community landscape. The recipients were John Wilkinson, Jack Mackenzie, Frances Afeaki, Campbell Scott and Jack Cooke.


Sports Person Of The Year
Sports Club Of The Year
Sports Team of the Year
Sports Scholarships
Sports Laureates Association