University to celebrate its sporting champions

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Athletes vying for and selected in Australian teams for the Tokyo Olympic Games are among the students in the running for prizes at USC’s annual Sports Awards Ceremony tomorrow evening (Thursday 14 November).

Media are welcome to attend this event at the USC Stadium function room, the Lightning Lounge, at Sippy Downs at 6pm, with guests arriving from 5.30pm.

The ceremony will include a guest presentation by champion long-distance swimmer and USC graduate Kareena Lee, 25, who will represent Australia in the 10km open water swim at the Tokyo Games next year. 

USC Sport Manager Nathan Gordon said the annual ceremony would honour the commitment and drive of student athletes to succeed in sport throughout 2019.

“We’ll be recognising some outstanding performances with the traditional ‘Half Blue’ and ‘Full Blue’ awards for excellence, as well as the Sportsperson and Team of the Year,” he said.

“This year, UniBank has sponsored the Sportsperson of the Year award and co-sponsored a new prize – the Vice-Chancellor’s Sporting and Academic Excellence award – for the student athlete deemed to have excelled both academically and in their sporting field.”

Mr Gordon said the sporting ‘Blues’ tradition dated back to 1829, when rowing teams from Oxford and Cambridge universities each tied a blue scarf, one light blue and one dark blue, to their boats to distinguish themselves.

USC will also present Outstanding Service to Sport awards at the ceremony to volunteers who have helped boost sport at the University.

Last year’s USC Sportsperson of the Year was swimmer Jake Packard, with previous award winners including ironwoman Jordan Mercer, para-cycling world champion Kyle Bridgwood, swimmers Blake Cochrane and Tessa Wallace and triathletes Chloe Turner and Brodie Gardner.
 

 
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