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2017 UniSA Sport Awards Night

Posted By UniSA Sport on 30/11/2017

UniSA Sport held its annual Awards Night on Monday 27 November, where many groups and individuals' contributions to UniSA Sport were celebrated.

At Adelaide Oval, overlooking the St Peter’s Cathedral, over 120 attendees enjoyed drinks and canapés while listening to the tunes of Triple J unearthed artist Rob Edwards.

During the formal presentation, guest speaker Australian Olympic Pole Vaulter and UniSA student Kurtis Marschall told the attendees about his journey as a pole vaulter, his experience at the 2016 Rio Olympics and how he juggles elite sport and study.

CEO of Australian University Sport Don Knapp also gave a speech to guests, highlighting the new direction AUS will be taking in 2018 and beyond.

Ten awards were presented during the night, including the Blues, Half Blues, Club Colours and Georgie Rowe Outstanding Achievement awards, along with Male Athlete, Female Athlete, Club, Team, Volunteer and Club Administrator of the Year awards.

The Blues award is the highest sporting accolade for students at the University of South Australia, recognising students who have achieved outstanding sporting success through representing Australia at an international level.

Georgina Barratt (fencing), Chloe Scott (lacrosse), Sam Russell (athletics), Kelsey Piltz (lacrosse), Lachlan Eichner (ultimate) and Chelsea Brook (basketball) were the Blues recipients in 2017.

The Half Blues award recognises UniSA students who have achieved outstanding sporting success at a state or national university representative level while also contributing to university sport.

Three Half Blues were awarded in 2017, to Jade Tremaine (ultimate), Justin Gassner (cycling) and Olivia Parker (lacrosse).

The Club Colours award is awarded to current UniSA Sport members who have made a significant contribution to the development of a university sport club at UniSA over an extended period of time in a volunteer capacity.

Ben Clewer (Boardriders Club), Alicia Zollo (Women’s Football Club), Victoria McCarron (Hockey Club), Masa Motoyama (Judo Club), Sean Davis (Ultimate Club), Amy Trinh (Judo Club) and Alana Colbert (Ultimate Club) received Club Colours awards for their contributions to UniSA Sport.

The Georgie Rowe Outstanding Achievement Award recognises the achievement and attributes displayed by Georgina Rowe when representing the University of South Australia, UniSA Sport, South Australia and Australia.

After a tough decision with a number of high quality nominees, the Rowe family selected Chloe Scott as the 2017 recipient, after positively representing both Australia and UniSA in various lacrosse tournaments in Australia and overseas this year.

Australian cyclist Matthew Glaetzer won the Male Athlete of the Year award, after winning gold in the men’s sprint at the Cycling Track World Cup in Poland.

Chelsea Brook won her second award for the night, the Female Athlete of the Year, after being part of the gold medal winning Emerging Opals basketball team at the World University Games in Taipei.

The Club of the Year was awarded to the UniSA Tennis Club after a year of firsts for the club, including submitting teams in Tennis SA competitions and welcoming junior players to the club.

The Men’s AUG Judo team won the Team of the Year after winning the bronze medal at the Australian University Games on the Gold Coast in September.

Secretary and co-founder of the UniSA Ultimate Club, Alana Colbert, won the Volunteer of the Year having shown high levels of commitment and passion towards the growing club.

Adam Bartrop from the UniSA Hockey Club was awarded the Club Administrator of the Year, for his work as president, coach and umpire at the club, as well as implementing junior programs.

The School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy were also officially presented the Vice Chancellors Cup on the night.

Overall, the 2017 UniSA Sport Awards Night was an enjoyable night, celebrating the achievements of everyone involved in UniSA Sport.

Written by Kirralee Thomas