Blues Awards

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.

The ANU Sport Blues Awards are the highest sporting accolade for students awarded at the Australian National University. There are three categories being Blues Awards, ANU Sport Student Awards, and ANU Sport Club Awards. Please click on each award category below to see the full list of awards.

Nominations for the 2021 Blues Awards are now open and close 11.59pm Monday 31st January 2022. Please refer to the Selection Guiding Criteria for the eligibility of each award.

Nomination Form

 

 

Selection Guiding Criteria

 

 

Blue Awards

 

Blue Award - awarded to an ANU student-athlete in recognition of their outstanding achievements at a national or international level, and for enhancing the reputation of University Sport. A University Blue is held in high esteem and is one of the utmost accolades a university athlete can receive

Half Blue Award - awarded to an ANU student-athlete in recognition of their outstanding achievements at a state level or university competition, and for enhancing the reputation of university sport.

 

ANU Sport Student Awards

 

Indigenous Sports Award of the Year - awarded to an ANU Indigenous student-athlete, in conjunction with the ANU Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre, in recognition for their outstanding achievements in their chosen discipline(s), and exemplary character for the ANU community.

Outstanding Athlete with a Disability Award - awarded to an ANU student-athlete with a disability, in conjunction with ANU Access & Inclusion, in recognition for their outstanding achievements in their chosen discipline(s), and exemplary character for the ANU community.

Sports Star of the Year - awarded to an ANU student-athlete in recognition for their outstanding achievements in both their performance and contribution to sport, and exemplary character for the ANU community.

Best Breakthrough Performance of the Year – awarded to an ANU student-athlete or ANU Sport club athlete or team in recognition for their outstanding result(s) at an international, national or state competition, and taken the next step in their sporting career.

Best Individual Performance of the Year – awarded to an ANU student-athlete in recognition for their outstanding result(s) at any sporting event, competition, or throughout the course of a season.

Best Team Performance of the Year – awarded to an ANU representative team in recognition for their outstanding result(s) at any sporting event, competition, or throughout the course of a season.

 

ANU Sport Club Awards

 

Club Athlete of the Year – awarded to an ANU Sport club athlete in recognition for their outstanding achievements for their club throughout the course of the season, and exemplary character for the ANU community.

Club Team of the Year – awarded to an ANU Sport club team in recognition for their outstanding achievements for their club throughout the course of a season.

Club Coach of the Year – awarded to an individual coach in recognition for their outstanding result(s) with an ANU student-athlete or team, or ANU Sport club athlete or team, and exemplary character for the ANU community.

Club Volunteer of the Year – awarded to an individual volunteer in recognition for their outstanding contribution to the ANU Sporting community.

Peter McCullagh Achievement Award - awarded to an ANU Sport club member in recognition for their outstanding achievements, contribution, or sporting excellence (non-student).

Club of the Year - awarded to an ANU Sport club with greater than 100 members in recognition for their outstanding achievements in administration, sporting excellence, service to members, and the promotion and development of their sport.

Small Club of the Year – awarded to an ANU Sport club with less than 100 members in recognition for their outstanding achievements in administration, sporting excellence, service to members, and the promotion and development of their sport.

 

For further information on the ANU Sport Blues Awards please contact Sport Coordinator - Representative Sport, Jesamine Wheeler (jesamine [dot] wheeleratanu-sport [dot] com [dot] au).

Awards Presentation:

ANU Sport will formally recognise the award recipients with a presentation ceremony to be held annually in November/December.

Find past recipients of the Blues Awards below. Awards for each year are presented in its proceeding year. 

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