Sport at UC held the inaugural Sports Ball on Saturday 29th October at The Rex Hotel.
The Sports Ball saw the annual presentation of the UC Sports Awards, that highlighted the achievements of University of Canberra students and club members through representative sport and UC sporting clubs.
A Blues and Leadership awards are a true testament to the character of our talented students and should be held in the highest regard. UC Life! has been acknowledging these outstanding achievements with the Blues and Leadership Awards night since 1992.
2016 AWARD WINNERS
Coca-Cola Amatil Athlete of the Year
Lauren Wells is a current UC Student who completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is currently studying Bachelor of Primary Education with the goal of becoming a primary school teacher in 2018. This year Lauren became a dual-Olympian after having represented Australia in the 400m Hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics and this year in Rio where she made the semi-finals for 400m Hurdles. To add to Laurens already impressive resume she has competed in 3 Commonwealth Games, 3 World Championships and 9 National Championships. In addition to competing in the 400m Hurdles at the Rio Olympics and placing 21st overall Lauren also captained the Australian Sprint and Hurdles group for Australian Athletics team.
Sports Club of the Year
UC Redbacks Netball Club
The UC Redbacks Netball club has gone from strength to strength in 2016, creating new events and initiatives whilst enhancing what currently existed within the club. The solid committee of 13 people has ensured that everything planned was executed and have collectively led the club to ensure accountability was held to the set targets, especially that of the establishment of a new positive culture within the club, which having their largest membership base yet, of 150 people, is testament to. The additional social events such as trivia and presentation nights helped to unify the club throughout the year.
The club took the lead in organizing the UC teams for AUS events and regularly engage broadly on campus. The greatest example of this is the mixed competition that is run on campus for members of the UC community on Tuesday evenings throughout semester.
Their social media saw a boost in followers as the club worked hard to show case what they offered and created member and committee profiles to help everyone get to know one another.
The club organized multiple fundraisers that were run throughout the year to keep the balance sheet in check and to ensure as many barriers as possible were removed for the members of the club.
Full Blue Award
The criteria for awarding of a sporting blue states that the athlete must have been a student of the University in 2016, and must have competed in their chosen sport at an international level as deemed by their sports NSO or international body.
Competing in the sport of wrestling Jessie-May travelled to New Zealand, Canada and France with her strongest performance at Oceania’s where she placed second. Jessie-May will travel to Singapore in a couple weeks to compete at the Senior Commonwealth Championships.
David is in the Mens Australian Floorball team who travelled to Thailand in February to compete in the Asia Pacific World Floorball Championship Qualifiers and will compete at the World Floorball Championships in Latvia this coming December. In addition to his on court commitment David is also the President of Floorball ACT.
Kalindi recently competed for the ACT Strikers in Perth for the Australian Hockey League Championships. Kalindi was selected for the Hockeyroos upcoming trans-Tasman series where she will make her debut.
Lauren represented Australia at the 2016 Olympics. In addition to competing in the 400m Hurdles and placing 21st overall Lauren also captained the Australian Sprint and Hurdles group for the Olympics.
Tyron represented Australia in rowing when he was a member of the Australian U21 team who travelled to New Zealand to compete in the single scull, quad and eight.
Half Blue Award
Kelby was a member of the ACT U21s Womens indoor hockey team who placed 2nd at the Australian championships.
Sarah was selected as a member of the womens u21 hockey team and competed at the national tournament in Sydney earlier in the year.
Claire was selected to represent ACT as a member of the U21s indoor hockey squad to compete at nationals earlier this year.
Tylor was a member of the UC Mens 7s team who competed at the Australian University Games in Perth. From this tournament Tylor was selected in the Australian Green and Gold Merit team.
Adam represented ACT at the gymnastics nationals this year and took home 5th place overall.
Aidan has been a reliable member of the UC soccer team this year where he competed at Intervarsity, EUGs and AUGs. At AUGS in Perth this year Aidan was selected in the Green and Gold merit Team.
Matt Rice was also a member of the UC Soccer team who competed in Perth this year, where he was selected in the Green and Gold merit team.
Brendan was another member of the UC Soccer team who competed at the Australian University Games in Perth. Brendan’s reliable performances led to him being selected in the Australian green and gold merit team.
Katherine has been a part of the UC woman’s netball team for the past 2 years, where she has competed at Intervarsity, EUGs and AUGs. A great player to have on your team not against you Katherine was selected in the Australian Green and Gold Merit Team.
Jess plays state league netball for Arawang and has also been a member of the UC Womens Netball team this year where she co-captained the team to a bronze medal and was also selected in the AUS Green and Gold merit team.
Coach of the Year
Like all coaches, the recipient of the Coach of the Year award has dedicated countless hours in trials, trainings and games to ensure that the team was continually improving and performing. Chris’ passion for the sport, teams and program meant that he was always willing to go above and beyond to create a successful program and ensure that a group of talented individuals transformed into a cohesive team. The impact of his coaching on the team was evident as the team improved game after game throughout the year and has also been described as a role model to those who he coaches. Travelling to both Wollongong and Perth ultimately showcased his commitment to get the best out of the teams involved and led the way to UC men’s soccer achieving to a national bronze medal.
Sporting Leadership Award
Sam Cook has contributed to the UC Sports Program in almost every way possible. Sam has dedicated countless hours to the program to ensure the several areas of her responsibilities were achieved, to a high standard. As a member of the UC Netball club committee she was the AUS coordinator, running all the netball trials and trainings for both intervarsity and EUGs; ensuring the smooth operations of all 4 netball teams in Wollongong. As a member of this committee she also coordinated the mixed netball competition during semester 2 for the UC Redbacks Netball Club. Outside of the netball club she has been an active and reliable member of the UC Sports Committee, helping with the organization and coordination of several events throughout the year. To top off the long list Sam was co-captain of Team UC for both EUGs and AUGs, providing a great contribution to executing a new culture within UC, organizing pre games social events and always ensured she was across every detail possible for all sports and participants involved in this event. Your leadership, commitment, ideas and willingness have been invaluable to Sport at UC this year and there isn’t a more deserving recipient for this award than Sam Cook.
Beyond Bank AUS Team of the Year
The Beyond Bank AUS Team of the Year is awarded to the team who has achieved great success in their respective sport at an AUS event and has demonstrated fair play and professionalism on and off the sporting arena. The AUGs Women’s Netball team played with spirit and passion throughout the tournament and also demonstrated the fundamental values of UC from start to finish. This successful team fundraised extensively in the lead up to the event, embraced the values of the team UC culture and played with pride for the duration of the tournament. The strength of the team was acknowledged by having 2 players selected in the Green and Gold Merit Team and they came home with a Division 1 Bronze medal.
AUS Athlete of the Year
The AUS Athlete of the Year is awarded to a student who has shown both exceptional ability and dedication in the lead up to and during an AUS event, whilst showcasing the highest level of skill in competition. James has shown his talent in the sporting arena by competing in a diversity of sports and winning a gold, silver and a bronze medals whilst representing the University of Canberra at AUS events during 2016. Competing in EUGs, Snow UniGames and AUGs this year the winner of this award has represented UC in Futsal, Snowboarding, Soccer and Handball.
Sports Volunteer of the Year Award
Sport is reliant on generous volunteers, and their time and services to allow clubs, teams and programs to be successful. The Volunteer of the Year Award has be created to ensure that dedicated and deserving individuals are acknowledged for their efforts and services that they provide to ensure that their team or club operates efficiently and to a high standard. Tehliah Dundas has had a positive impact on the sport, Ultimate Frisbee, where she regularly completes tasks without being asked and doesn’t expect any recognition for going above and beyond. Tehliah’s contribution to the UC Ultimate Frisbee club has been seen as invaluable to the operations and successes; She has been described as dedicated, passionate, a strong leader and extremely hard-working.
Team Spirit Award
AUG’s Handball Team
The Team Spirit award identifies a team who holds the values of Sport at UC and pride of representation of the university at all times. The Handball team was nominated by a number of other sporting teams where they were identified as supportive, vocal, morale boosting, lifting, enthusiastic group of individuals. This team was well respected by all members of Team UC at the Australian University Games and demonstrated sportsmanship on the sideline and whilst on the court, where they won a silver medal at AUGs.
UC Sports Committee
This year Sport at UC has been dedicated to the development and engagement of sport within the university and extending our offering of opportunities available for students to engage in sport whilst studying at UC. The ideas and assistance of students has been vital in ensuring that we can achieve these set objectives. The UC Sports Committee has comprised of a dedicated group of 10 students who have helped us to deliver new projects and initiatives throughout 2016 and without their passion and commitment we wouldn’t have been able to deliver the program that we have this year. I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the individuals who were a part of the Sports Committee.