The University of Sydney Blue & Gold tradition expresses the ongoing importance of sports within the life of the University. If you are not acquainted with why these awards are so cherished one only has to scroll down the list of previous winners to uncover a who’s who of University and Australian sport.
The Blue is the highest sporting honour at the University of Sydney. It is earned by sportsmen and women who are studying at the University of Sydney, competing in the highest level of sporting competition and have attained outstanding achievement. Golds are awarded to individuals who have provided outstanding service in the field of sports administration within Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) or one of its clubs.
Nominations are made in October and the successful nominees gain the right to wear their prized jacket, in the traditional stripes of ‘Blue & Gold’, at all future events.
Blue of the Year Honour Roll
(Male or Female 1992 -99. Male from 2000 onwards)
John Sykes Memorial Cup
1992 – Tania Burdack – Water Polo
1993 – David Hynes – Baseball
1994 – Natalie Galea – Judo
1995 – Chloe Flutter – Swimming
1996 – Ivan Gavazov – Swimming
1997 – Michael Wiseman – Boat
1998 – Rebecca Gilmore – Diving
1999 – Philip Waugh – Rugby
2000 – David Lyons – Rugby
2001 – Thomas Whalan – Water Polo
2002 – Aaron Jones – Water Polo
2003 – Sam McGregor – Water Polo
2004 – Fergus Pragnell – Boat
2005 – Robin Bell – Canoe
2006 – Chris Clyne – Boat
2007 – Prashanth Sellathurai – Gymnastics
2008 – Lachlan Renshaw – Athletics
2009 – Dean Mumm – Rugby
2010 – Matthew Mitcham – Diving
2011 – Bernard Foley – Rugby
2012 – Ryan Edwards – Boat
2013 – Nicholas Hough – Athletics
2014 – Kane Townsend – Table Tennis
2015 – Tom Young – AFL
Female Blue of the Year
Alison Hattersley Memorial Cup
2000 – Tammy Accari – Judo
2001 – Louise Natoli – Canoe
2002 – Anna McIlwaine – Diving
2003 – Loudy Tourky – Diving
2004 – Angela Ballard – Wheelchair Track & Road
2005 – Jaqueline Bonnitcha – Sailing
2006 – Natalie Porter – Basketball
2007 – Elizabeth Kell – Rowing
2008 – Keesja Gofers – Water Polo
2009 – Sally Kehoe – Rowing
2010 – Olivia Kennedy – Soccer
2011 – Lara Tamsett – Athletics
2012 – Jessica Fox – Canoe
2013 – Anneliese Rubie – Athletics & Hayley White – Swimming
2014 – Hannah Buckling – Water Polo
2015 – Michelle Jenneke – Athletics
A New Chapter Written
Congratulations to our SUSF 2016 Blue and Gold Inductees.
Olympic gold medallist, Chloe Dalton, and international badminton competitor, Pit Seng Low, were named 2016 women’s and men’s Sydney University Blues of the Year at the annual awards dinner in the Great Hall, November 19, 2016.
Dalton was awarded the Alison Hattersley Trophy for Female Blue of the Year after winning a gold medal with the Australian team in Women’s Rugby Sevens at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
A Bachelor of Applied Science student majoring in Physiotherapy, Dalton was once a budding basketball player for the Brydens Sydney Uni Flames before switching to Rugby Sevens with the Olympics in her sights.
Pit Seng Low, a Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise/Sports Science) and a member of the Elite Athlete Program since 2013, also had a year to remember on the badminton court, culminating with selection in the Green and Gold team at the recent Australian University Games.
In the past 12 months Low won the men’s doubles and was a quarter-finalist in the singles at the New Caledonia International tournament. Low also won the singles at the 2016 Australian Malaysian National Badminton Championships.
The Blues and Gold awardees were garbed by Mr Bruce Ross, President of Sydney University Sport, who was given the honour after announcing he was stepping down as President of Sydney University Sport after 26 years at the helm.
Mr Ross was elected as the 39th President of the Sydney University Sports Union and became its longest- serving president before becoming the first President of Sydney University Sport with the amalgamation of the Sports Union and the Women’s Sports Union.
“The development of facilities and the introduction of firstclass programs, coaches and scholarships that allow athletes to study and play had resulted in the University producing national sporting representatives at an unprecedented rate,” Ross said.
“One of our great achievements has been the development of a study culture among the holders of our sporting scholarships. Their academic results are, on average, significantly better than those of the general student body here at Sydney. Considering the extraordinary time pressures imposed on serious athletes, this is a performance indicator in which we can take great pride in.”
Blues may also be awarded for outstanding achievement within a particular sport and you will note that our ROAR 34 cover star, Nicola Barr, is included among the worthy recipients.
- Tim Anderson – Canoe
- Robert Andrews – Ultimate Frisbee
- Nicola Barr – AFL
- Marcus Britt – Boat
- Evelyn Chronis – Soccer
- Chloe Dalton – Rugby
- Matthew Dowsett – Athletics
- Conor Patrick Foley – American Football
- Ben Hughes – Rugby
- Christian Kagiassis – Rugby
- Kristina Knezovic – Volleyball
- Alexander Ladomatos – Ultimate Frisbee
- Emma Lewis – Water Polo
- Pit Seng Low – Badminton
- Rohan O’Regan – Rugby
- Georgia Rankin – Canoe
- Courtney Shultz – Athletics
- Alex Silcock – Tennis
- Tavleen Singh – Athletics
- Kimberly Spragg – Ultimate Frisbee
- Tobias Wehr-Candler – Boat
- Clare Woods – Soccer
- John Boultbee – Boat
- Anthony Gray – Baseball
- Andrew Heil – Athletics
- John Kilford – Cricket
- Phil Logan – Cricket (2015)
Amazing Family Accomplishment
Four Generations of Sydney Uni Blues
- Wilfred Hemingway – 1931 – Football Union
- John Dowsett – 1957 – Australian National Football
- Richard Dowsett – 1987 – Football Union
- Matthew Dowsett – 2016 – Athletics