Ballard nominated for top gong at NSWIS awards

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SUSF Elite Athlete Program (EAP) scholarship holder Angela Ballard will headline a strong list of Sydney University athletes at the 2013 NSWIS Awards Dinner.

Ballard, a wheelchair track and road competitor, has been nominated as a finalist for two awards – Sydney City Toyota Female Athlete of the Year and The University of Sydney Academic Excellence.

The University of Sydney Psychology Honours student added to her already impressive resume with several world championship medals. Ballard won silver in three events at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, the women’s T53 100m, 200m and 800m, while also notching bronze in the women’s T53 400m.

Ballard is up against Torah Bright (Winter Sports), Holly Crawford (Winter Sports), Maddison Elliott (AWD Swimming), Jessica Fox (Canoe Slalom), Emma McKeon (Swimming) and Kathryn Ross (Rowing) in the Sydney City Toyota Female Athlete of the Year category.

Fellow SUSF EAP scholarship holders James Nipperess (Track & Field), Nina Khoury (Hockey – Women), Nicholas Hough (Track & Field) and Lavinia Chrystal (Winter Sports) will line up next to Ballard as finalists in The University of Sydney Academic Excellence category.

Winter sports athlete and Olympic hopeful Lavinia Chrystal began studying a Masters of Management in the nomination period, maintaining a credit average during semester one 2013. Following rehabilitation of an injury, Chrystal also furthered her athletic credentials in pursuit of a berth at the 2014 Winter Olympics with a fourth place finish in the women’s individual alpine event at the 2013 Australia/NZ Cup.

Nicholas Hough studied a Bachelor of Technology/Bachelor of Law during the nomination period. In 2012 Hough was placed on the Undergraduate High Honour Roll, reserved for students who achieve an average mark of a high distinction, before earning a high distinction average for the subjects he studied in 2013. Athletically Hough managed to win one gold, three silver and one bronze medal on the track & field circuit, including silver at the 2013 Melbourne Track Classic.

Rising hockey star Nina Khoury continued her academic pursuits during the nomination period by studying a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Law. In semester one 2013 Khoury earned two credits and two distinctions, before taking on five subjects in semester two. Khoury also excelled on the hockey pitch by finishing sixth as part of the Australian team at the 2013 FIH Junior Women’s Hockey World Cup.

James Nipperess graduated from a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree in late 2012, achieving great success in his final year of studies by earning three high distinctions, two distinctions and three credits. An accomplished runner, Nipperess won a gold medal in the men’s 3000m steeplechase at a grand prix event in Sweden, as well as silver in the same discipline at the 2013 IAAF World Challenge in Melbourne.

The awards night, to be held at the Australian Turf Club, Randwick on Thursday November 21, and to be hosted by NSWIS Deputy Chairman Alan Jones AO, is considered the state’s premier annual sports awards and recognises achievement in 12 categories including academic excellence, career development, team and individual performances.

Here is a list of all Sydney University finalists:

The University of Sydney Academic Excellence
Angela Ballard (Wheelchair Track & Road)
James Nipperess (Track & Field)
Nina Khoury (Hockey – Women)
Nicholas Hough (Track & Field)
Lavinia Chrystal (Winter Sports)

Sydney City Toyota Female Athlete of the Year
Angela Ballard (Wheelchair Track & Road)

For a full list of NSWIS Awards Night finalists, please click here.