University to present sporting 'Blues' to students

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University to present sporting 'Blues' to students


23 October 2012

23 October 2012

Students who have excelled in sport at state, national and international events this year will be honoured at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s annual Sports Awards Ceremony tomorrow (Wednesday 24 October).

Guest speaker will be Paralympic gold medallist Blake Cochrane, who trained at USC’s swimming pool as a member of the Paralympic High Performance Program squad prior to the London Games.

USC Sport Manager Nathan Gordon 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 event gives USC a great opportunity to acknowledge our students who are competing and succeeding at high levels in their chosen sports,” he said.

“This awards ceremony will be particularly exciting as it has been an Olympic year and a number of our students and resident athletes will be able to share their experiences.”

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.

The University of the Sunshine Coast also presents a special “USC Green” award – to recognise a student who has volunteered their time to help boost sport at USC – along with awards for Team of the Year and Sportsperson of the Year.

— Terry Walsh

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