In 1829 the first boat race between Oxford and Cambridge Universities was rowed on the River Thames from Hambleden Lock to Henley Bridge, a distance of about 2.25 miles. There were Old Etonians in either boat, and as the crews had no distinctive uniform to identify them, just before the start, a Cambridge Etonian tied a light blue scarf to the little post at the bow of his boat and an Oxford Etonian tied a dark blue scarf to the bow of his. Thus began a tradition and a basis for the award of Blues for outstanding achievement in university sport, a tradition adopted by English-speaking universities in many parts of the world.
Blue Award - a Blue Award is the highest sporting accolade that can be awarded to a student-athlete at The Australian National University. They are awarded to athletes in recognition of their outstanding sporting achievements and for enhancing the reputation of University Sport.
Half Blue Award - a Half Blue Award is awarded to student-athletes at The Australian National University in recognition of their outstanding performance at a state level and/or University competitions.
Peter McCullagh Achievement Award - the Peter McCullagh Achievement Award recognises achievement by an individual in ANU Sporting Clubs across administrative achievement, outstanding contribution to clubs, or sporting excellence. This Award can be received by a student-athlete at The Australian National University or a non-student that is a member of the ANU Sport and Recreation Association.
Club of the Year Award - the Club of the Year Award recognises clubs that excel in administration, sporting excellence, outstanding service to members and the promotion and development of their sport.
Sport Star of the Year Award - the Sport Star of the Year Award is awarded to a sportsperson whose achievements have been outstanding in both their performance and contribution to sport.
Sporting Disability Award - the Sporting Disability Award is awarded to a student-athlete with a disability whose achievements have been outstanding in their chosen discipline(s).
Indigenous Sporting Award - the Indigenous Sporting Award is awarded to an Indigenous student-athlete whose achievements have been outstanding in their chosen discipline(s).
Breakthrough Performance of the Year – This award will be given to an individual or team who have dramatically improved on past results to achieve an outstanding result in a competition or event.
Best Team Performance of the Year – The Best Team Performance of the Year Award is awarded to an ANU team or club affiliate who has achieved outstanding results in respect to their performance at any sporting event, competition or throughout the course of a sporting season. This award is open to Men’s, Women’s and mixed teams.
Club Athlete of the Year – is awarded to an ANU club member who has shown outstanding sporting performance/ achievement for their club throughout the course of the season.
Club Team of the Year – is awarded to an ANU club team that has excelled in sporting excellence throughout the course of a season. This award is open to Men’s, Women’s and mixed teams.
Coach of the Year – is awarded to the ANU coach who has achieved outstanding coaching performance(s) with an ANU athlete or team. Nominations are open to all paid or unpaid coaches.
Most Improved Club – This award recognises a club that has improved in administration, sporting excellence, outstanding service to members and the promotion and development of their sport.
Small Club of the Year – The Small Club of the Year Award recognises a club that has excelled in administration, sporting excellence, outstanding service to members and the promotion and development of their sport. The club must consist of 100 members or less.
Volunteer of the Year – this award is an opportunity to recognise the generous contributions that volunteers make across the ANU Sporting community.
For further information on the Blues Awards please contact Sport Coordinator - Representative Sport, Jesamine Wheeler (jesamine [dot] wheeleranu-sport [dot] com [dot] au).
*The nominations for the 2020 Blues Awards will be online by the end of February 2021.
Find past recipients of ANU Sport Blues Awards below. Awards for each year are presented in its proceeding year.