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 Individual, Team and Club awards. Please click on the category below to see the full list of awards.

ANU Sport Blues Awards Guiding Criteria

Nominations for the 2020 Blues Awards are now open and close 11.59pm Sunday 2nd May 2021.

Nomination Form

 

 

Individual Awards

 

Blue Award - awarded to an ANU student-athlete in recognition of their outstanding performance at a national or international level, and for enhancing the reputation of University Sport. A University Blue is an accolade 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 performance at a state level and/or University competition.

Indigenous Sports Award of the Year - awarded to an ANU Indigenous student-athlete, in conjunction with the Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre, whose achievements have been outstanding in their chosen discipline(s).

Outstanding Athlete with a Disability Award - awarded to an ANU student-athlete with a disability whose achievements have been outstanding in their chosen discipline(s).

Sports Star of the Year - awarded to an ANU student-athlete whose achievements have been outstanding in both their performance and contribution to sport.

Best Breakthrough Performance of the Year – awarded to an ANU student-athlete, ANU Sport member, ANU Sport club individual or team who has achieved outstanding results in respect to their performance at an international, nationals or state level competition, and taken the next step in their sporting career.

Best Individual Performance of the Year – awarded to an ANU student-athlete, ANU Sport member or ANU Sport club individual who has achieved outstanding results in respect to their performance at any sporting event, competition or throughout the course of a season.

Club Athlete of the Year – awarded to an ANU Sport club individual who has shown outstanding sporting performance and/or achievement for their club throughout the course of the season.

Coach of the Year – awarded to a coach who has achieved outstanding coaching performance(s) with an ANU student-athlete or ANU Sport club team.

Volunteer of the Year – awarded to an ANU student, ANU Sport member or ANU Sport club individual who has made generous contributions as a volunteer to the ANU Sporting community.

Peter McCullagh Achievement Award - awarded to an ANU student or ANU Sport club individual whose achievements have been outstanding in their administrative achievement, contribution to clubs, or sporting excellence (non-student).

 

Team Awards

 

Best Team Performance of the Year – awarded to an ANU team or ANU Sport club team who has achieved outstanding results in respect to their performance at any sporting event, competition or throughout the course of a sporting season.

Club Team of the Year – awarded to an ANU Sport club team who has demonstrated sporting excellence throughout the course of a season.

 

Club Awards

 

Club of the Year - awarded to an ANU Sport club that has excelled in administration, sporting excellence, outstanding service to members and the promotion and development of their sport.

Small Club of the Year – awarded to an ANU Sport club with 100 members or less that has excelled in administration, sporting excellence, outstanding service to members and the promotion and development of their sport.

Most Improved Club of the Year – awarded to ANU Sport club that has improved in administration, sporting excellence, outstanding 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: postponed

ANU Sport will formally recognise the award recipients with further details to be confirmed.

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

      2019 2018
  2017     2016     2015     2014     2013  
  2012     2011     2010     2009     2008  
  2007     2006