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.
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.
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.
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.
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 2022, 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 are 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 are 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 are 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.
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.
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WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE SPORTS AWARDS
Touch Footballer, Amy Dufour has been named winner of the Sports Person of the Year at the University of Newcastle Sports Awards, held on Friday 2 September.
Amy has a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) and her performances include playing a significant role in the success of the University of Newcastle's representative teams at UniSport Nationals. Amy represented the University at the 2019 UniSport Nationals Div 1 as part of the Mixed Touch Football team, placing 2nd. Also in 2019, Amy was selected in the Newcastle Knights NRL Touch Women's Team for the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership. Amy gained selection in the Australian Women's Open Team for the 2019 ITF Touch Football World Cup, this is the highest level representative team available for women (alongside Mixed Open). Australia won the event, defeating New Zealand in the final.
The Sports Club of the Year was awarded to the Cricket Club for its attainment of high standards in sports administration and the Team of the Year was awarded to two teams the Men's Water Polo team and the Baseball Team for their outstanding results in 2019.
Murray Bennett (Hockey), Amy Dufour (Touch Football), Molly O'Neill (Athletics), Ashley Colaco (Water Polo) and Belle Humby (Water Polo) 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 James Wallace (Cricket), Jason Dunlop (Rugby League), Stephen Johnston (Rugby Union), Scott Hamilton (Rugby Union) and Shantelle Lindsay (Boat / Rowing).
Two people who have contributed enormously to University Sport were inducted as Honorary Life Members. University Secretary Dianne Allen, and former NUsport Chair Judy Alexander, joined 24 others who have worked to ensure that sport is an integral part of University life.
The University and Friends of the University presented six sport scholarships to students with demonstrated potential currently balancing their academic and sporting pursuits. The Friends of the University Scholarship was awarded to Susannah Cooke in Rugby Union. The University Sport Scholarships were awarded to Emma Hopkins (Athletics), Kirra Smith (Futsal), Mikayla Cooper (Orienteering), Sarah Hoffman (Sailing) and Eliza Johnson (Surf Lifesaving).
The ‘Andrew Brown Scholarship’ a donor funded scholarship, is made possible by the generosity of Andrew Brown. Andrew is a Mechanical Engineering Alumnus, and would like to support a student where financial hardship may otherwise prevent them from participating in tertiary study and sports activities. This scholarship was awarded to Luke Kiehne.
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