SPORTS
AWARDS

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 have re-opened for Blues, Colours and Sports Person of The Year for The University of Newcastle Sports Awards 2021 (2020 awardees). Nominations close Friday 18 June at 11.59pm.

Blues are awarded to students who have represented the University and achieved a high sporting standard. 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.

Nominations close 18 June 2021

Colours are awarded to students 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.

Nominations close 18 June 2021

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.

Nominations close 18 June 2021.

Sports Club of the Year recognises the attainment of high standards in sports administration by a University Sporting Club during the academic year.

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. Teams are shortlisted from those attending Unisport Nationals achieving a minimum top-4 overall result.

UNIVERSITY OF SPORT SCHOLARSHIPS

The University of Newcastle established sport scholarships to encourage and support students with demonstrated sporting ability and potential to contribute 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 four scholarships of $1500 will be offered in 2021, funded by the University of Newcastle. An additional three donor-funded scholarships to the value of $4000 will be awarded, thanks to the generosity of our University Alumni and Friends of the University.

Applications for 2021 have closed.

 

FRIENDS OF THE UNIVERSITY SPORT SCHOLARSHIP

The Friends of the University Sport Scholarships was established in conjunction with the University of Newcastle Sport Scholarships to encourage and support students with demonstrated sporting ability and potential to contribute to the sporting achievements of the University.

One scholarship valued at $4000 is awarded to a high achieving student-athlete who has performed well in both academics and sport.

Applications for 2021 have closed.

 

COL WHITEHEAD CRICKET SCHOLARSHIP

Students who play, or commit to play, for the University of Newcastle Cricket Club may apply for this scholarship worth $4000. Col Whitehead is one of UON's most decorated sportsmen, being a successful cricketer for UON and a member of Australia's Basketball Team at the 1960 Olympic Games.

Applications for 2021 have closed.

 

ANDREW BROWN SPORT SCHOLARSHIP

Andrew Brown is a University of Newcastle Mechanical Engineering Alumnus who completed his degree in 1991. Andrew feels lucky to have the education and support he has and realises that others were not so lucky. Andrew was highly engaged in sporting clubs during his time at university and recognises the value that clubs had during his time at university and in developing his networks.

In recognition of the important role that sports and university sports clubs played in his own development and educational experience, Andrew would like to support a student to enjoy the same benefits where financial hardship may otherwise prevent them from participating in tertiary study and sports activities.

Applications for 2021 have closed.

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.

Objects

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 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 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.

Contact

Sports Laureates Association sportslaureates@hotmail.com

President
Gabi Sainsbury  0407 635 872

Vice President
Merran Holmes

Treasurer
James Elliott

PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS

COLOURS

Past Recipients 

BLUES

Past Recipients 

SPOTY

Past Recipients 

SCOTY

Past Recipients 

HONORARY
LIFE MEMBERS

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.

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