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Student-athletes recognised at 2017 Blues and Sport Awards

22 November; Aaron McNaughton


150 University student-athletes were recognised for their 2017 sporting achievements at the Blues and Sport Awards, held in the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre, Arts West on Friday 17 November.

Blues awards were presented to 96 student-athletes based on their performances representing the University, while 54 student-athletes were awarded an International Representation certificate in recognition of their selection on the international stage. 

Director of Melbourne University Sport Mr Tim Lee opened proceedings and praised the University’s student-athletes for their exceptional 2017 results at the Australian University Games (AUG), where the team finished overall runners-up winning seven national titles.

Lee detailed a selection of family connections within Sport at the University, before welcoming all new Blues recipients to the Blues family. ‘Irrespective of your personal journey as a Blue, you are all part of a special group and a tradition that stretches back over 100 years. You should all be very proud of your achievements.’ Lee also recognised the support each student received from family, friends, schools and junior sporting clubs, acknowledging their contributions to each student’s success.

Alumnus and 13-time Blues recipient Damien Angus, delivered an inspiring keynote speech about his University sporting experiences, the connections formed, and the opportunities that University Sport opened for him. Angus presented Blues recipients with their awards, followed by the University’s Vice-Principal (Engagement) Adrian Collette who presented International Representation certificates and major awards.

These major awards were presented to recognise the outstanding performances by student-athletes, officials and teams representing the University in 2017:
 

Outstanding Sporting Achievement of the Year
Bachelor of Science Honours student Alice Arch claimed the 2017 Outstanding Sporting Achievement of the Year award. Alice's meteoric rise in the world of Rowing this year saw her win a 2017 World Rowing Championship Silver medal in the Women’s Lightweight Quad Scull in Sarasota, Florida. Alice attended Rowing Australia’s National Training Centre in Penrith and represented Australia at senior level for the first time in July’s World Cup 3 event in Switzerland, completing a stellar year.
University Sport Female Athlete of the Year
The University Sport Female Athlete of the Year award went to Bachelor of Science student Ruby Roseman-Gannon. In her first year representing the University at the AUGs, Ruby was the standout female performer dominating Women's Cycling.  Ruby won every individual gold medal on offer at the games (Road Race, Criterium and Individual Time Trial) as well as a silver medal in the pairs time trial, leading the University Women's Cycling team to the National Championship. 
University Sport Male Athlete of the Year
The University Sport Male Athlete of the Year award went to Doctor of Medicine student Ashwant Gobinathan. At the AUGs, Ashwant was the number one seed for the Men’s Badminton team, the team manager, and team captain. In addition to remaining undefeated throughout the competition, Gobinathan defeated several Australian national team members and was awarded Green and Gold recognition. His contributions went beyond just the winner's column, as he provided valuable mentoring to many of his younger teammates in the lead up to and during the games to help with the team’s overall success.
University Sport Team of the Year
Men’s Table Tennis won the National Championship at the Australian University Games on the Gold Coast. Going into the tournament as underdogs for the title, the team fought their way through the group games with some surprise upsets of opponents with national and international level representatives. In the final versus University of New South Wales and on the brink of defeat, the team managed to save two gold medal points, win the set, then the match, and the next three rubbers to complete an epic comeback and claim a surprise National Championship for the University.
University Sport Coach of the Year
The University Sport Coach of the Year award went to Badminton's Ross Smith. A former Olympian, Ross’ approach to coaching exemplified elite Badminton and professionalism. His ability to pass on his expertise and experience created a supportive environment for student-athletes to excel. The two Badminton teams at the AUGs finished first and second respectively, due to his tutelage during matches and off the court. Ross also supported the team with recovery programs, in addition to advice on how to further their badminton aspirations to make them better players.
University Sport Team Manager of the Year
The University Sport Team Manager of the Year award went to Bachelor of Science student Ebru Efe for her work managing the Women’s Football team at the AUGs. Ebru was driven to get the best players to represent the University. Ebru helped the team focus on the ultimate success, and above all, students enjoying themselves. As a member of the team, Ebru’s performances and leadership at the AUGs also earned her a Half Blue.


 


View a full list of the 2017 Blues and Sports Award winners here.


2017 Blues and Sports Awards
Photos by Tobias Titz.

 


 

 
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