Student athletes win Blues Awards

December 13 / 125

The 2013 winners of University Blues.
The 2013 winners of University Blues.

More than 140 University of Melbourne student athletes were awarded Blues in November.

A Blue award is earned by individuals competing at the highest level in a range of sports from hockey to rowing. 

The University awards Blues to student sportsmen and sportswomen for outstanding sporting performance at the Australian University Games and championships. 

Seventy student athletes were awarded Full Blues and 73  were awarded Half Blues.

The University’s Sport Development Manager Rod Warnecke said the awards were an opportunity to recognise student athletes during the course of the year.

“The university has had a record-breaking year. With the University’s Winged Victory team winning 15 national titles, we have won more championships than any other university in a single year,” he said.

“This event is also great for encouraging student athletes and their families to meet and mingle with others from around the University.”

The University’s rowers received the greatest number of Blues with 25. Hockey followed with 13 Blues, while Soccer had 10, Athletics had nine, and Fencing earned eight.

Doctor of Medicine student Alice McNamara was presented her ninth Blue for rowing since commencing her undergraduate Science degree.

Doctor of Optometry student Luke Chong was awarded his fifth Blue.

The ceremony included the presentation of the Vice-Chancellor’s Elite Athlete certificates for international representation to a record 61 student athletes.

Distinguished Service Awards were also presented to the Cricket Club’s Rachel Derham and the Touch Club’s Paul Rogers for their service to their clubs.

The University Sport Team of the Year was presented to Baseball for their outstanding 2013 University Games campaign, while the University Sport Female Athlete of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year were awarded to Jessica Jonggowisastro for Badminton and James Morrison for Snow Sports.

The International Athlete of the Year was awarded to Charlotte Sutherland for her U23 World Championship gold medal in rowing and Senior World Championship bronze medal in the Australian women’s Four.

This tradition of Blues originated at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and is now an annual event with University Blues announced each November.

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