5 November 2014
One of Australia’s highest-flying athletes, pole vaulter Alana Boyd, will be guest speaker at USC's annual Sports Awards Ceremony on Thursday 6 November.
Boyd, who jumped 4.40m in heavy rain in Glasgow in August to win back-to-back Commonwealth Games gold medals, will also help honour USC’s athletes who have achieved at state, national and international sporting events this year.
Among those in the running for awards are fellow Commonwealth Games representatives – swimmers Tessa Wallace and Blake Cochrane – along with competitors from across a wide range of sports.
USC Sport and Operations Coordinator Gary Moore said the University annually presented ‘Half Blue’ and ‘Full Blue’ awards to its high-achieving sportspeople, as has been the tradition in many universities for centuries.
“This is a chance for USC to recognise the hard work and commitment that is required of these students to succeed in their chosen sports,” he said.
The sporting ‘Blues’ tradition dates back to 1829, when rowing teams from Oxford and Cambridge universities each tied a blue scarf, one light blue and one dark blue, to their boats to distinguish themselves.
USC also presents a ‘USC Green’ award, which recognises a student volunteer who has helped boost sport at the University, along with awards for Team of the Year and Sportsperson of the Year.
The USC Sportsperson of the Year award has previously gone to triathletes Chloe Turner and Brodie Gardner, world kiteboarding champion Andy Yates, Olympic swimmer Tessa Wallace and Paralympic swimmer Blake Cochrane.
— Terry Walsh