Sports Awards



The University of Newcastle Sports Awards are an important part of the University's history and reflect the ongoing commitment NUsport has to providing high quality services and facilities. The first University College Blues were presented in 1955, with the Blues Association later forming 4 July 1967, after autonomy. Our history of sporting successes is evident with the number of past students who have achieved Olympic, Commonwealth and World University games honours. The successes of the past continue to inspire those of current and future student athletes.

The Sports Awards presented by NUsport on behalf of the University, recognise outstanding sporting achievements through sporting scholarships, University Blues, University Colours, Sports Club of the Year, Team of the Year and Sports Person of the Year.

A combined awards ceremony will be held in 2021 to acknowledge all recipients as the 2020 presentation was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Nominations for Sports Scholarships, Blues, Colours and Sports Person of the Year, are now open for the University of Newcastle 2020 Sports Awards.

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Sports Person Of The Year - Nominate Here
Club Of The Year
Team of the Year
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Winners announced at The University of Newcastle 2019 Sports Awards

Surf Lifesaver, Jemma Smith has been named winner of the Sports Person of the Year in the University of Newcastle Sports Awards.

Jemma is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and her performances in 2018 include winning nine medals at the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships, including Gold in the u19 Single Ski and Champion Lifesaver events. To top it off, she was named overall Female Competitor of the Carnival. Jemma was also crowned Women’s Ski Champion in the 2018/19 Ocean 6 series and placed 7th in the Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series.

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 the Women’s Netball team for their outstanding result in 2017.

Julia Barton (Water Polo), Jessica Potts (Touch Football), Rohan Toole (Squash) and Angela Williams (Netball) joined more than 241 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 Simon Clulow (University Sport) and Samuel Stephens (Tennis).

Three people who have contributed enormously to University Sport were inducted as Honorary Life Members. Solicitor Tim Osborn, University Senior Manager Gail White and former NUsport Chair Michael Johns, joined 23 others who have worked to ensure that sport is an integral part of University life.

The University and Friends of the University presented eight sport scholarships to students with demonstrated potential currently balancing their academic and sporting pursuits. The Friends of the University Scholarship was awarded to Jessica Potts in Touch Football. The University Sport Scholarships were awarded to Laura Bonzo (athletics), Ashley Colaco (Water Polo), Alexander Davies (Shooting), Jemma Smith (Surf Lifesaving), Amy Dufour (Touch Football), Matthew Meaney (Sailing) and Anna Stoddard (Ultimate).

The ‘Col Whitehead Cricket Scholarship’ was named after academic and sportsperson Col in honour to support a student who displays similar characteristics and a commitment to University Cricket. The scholarship was awarded to James Rushford.

The event featured former Matilda’s captain and former UON student, Kathryn Gill. She spoke about her achievements over the years but also focussed on how important it is for women to be involved in all aspects of sport.