Sports Awards


Kyle Middleton has been named winner of the Sports Person of the Year by the University of Newcastle. Kyle is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Business degree and his performances in 2017 include winning the NSW state championship, winning his fifth consecutive Australian Open Championship title and the Australian X-Trial Championship. He represented Australia at the 2017 Trial des Nations, leading Australia to its first gold medal. Kyle is considered the equal most successful trial rider of all time following his successes in 2017.

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 Basketball team for its outstanding result in 2017.

Alanna Patison (rugby union), Matthew George (tennis), William Brown (athletics) and Guy Walters (athletics) 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 Conrad Bond (rowing), James Richardson (cricket), Jason Buffier (rugby union) and Jordan Johnson (scuba diving).

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 Julia Barton in water polo. The University Sport Scholarships were awarded to Alexander Davies (shooting - target rifle), Cherub Lum (basketball), Alexandra Rees (swimming), Jemma Smith (surf lifesaving), Keenan Derry (barefoot waterski), Jessica Potts (touch football) and Joshua Marshall (hockey).

Rugby Scholarships were presented, recognising the sport as a strong pillar in the University’s wider community landscape. The recipients were Kane Murray, Charles Mortimer, Thomas Badger, Hone Edwards, Joseph Kingham and Rylan Gibson.

The inaugural ‘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 Colby Gallagher.

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.

The event this year also served to celebrate the work behind the scenes of sport. Master of Ceremonies and well known sports commentator, Gerry Collins led a panel discussion with Lawrie McKinna (Newcastle Jets), Helene O’Neill (Sports Commentator), Warren Smith (Surfest), Jane Moran (Water Polo Australia and Olympic Medalist) and Chris Hicks (NUsport) who spoke about the significant role of business in sport.


Blues - Nomination Form
Colours - Nomination Form
Sports Person Of The Year - Nomination Form
Sports Club Of The Year
Sports Team of the Year
Sports Scholarships
Sports Laureates Association