World-class sporting achievements of Griffith University students will be celebrated on Tuesday night with the annual Blues Awards on the Gold Coast.
The awards ceremony, organised by the Griffith University Student Guild, Griffith Sport and the Griffith Sports College, honours the sporting prowess of students enrolled at Griffith during the previous year.
Previous recipients include swimmers Cameron McEvoy and Emma McKeon, and Matildas football star Elise Kellond-Knight.
Along with the Most Outstanding Sporting Achievement and Academic Athlete of the Year prizes, a host of successful student athletes will be recognised on the night with Full Blue (Open International) and Half Blue (Junior International) Awards.
“It has been another stellar year on the world sporting stage for students at Griffith University,” Griffith Sports College Director, Duncan Free OAM, said.
“From the Olympic and Paralympic Games to renowned sporting venues around the globe, we have seen our students compete and succeed at the highest levels, and show themselves to be worthy ambassadors for the University.
“The Blues Awards provide us with an opportunity to acknowledge these student athletes and their achievements in a fitting way.”
Current students Emma McKeon (left), Madi Wilson, Cameron McEvoy, Jessica Ashwood and David Edwards brought medals home from Rio, as part of an extended Griffith contingent that shone on the world stage.
Other students to excel at international level included Australian Diamonds netball team member, Gretel Tippett, who helped secure the Constellation Cup; Titans co-captain Ryan James who lined out for the Prime Minister’s XIII in Papua New Guinea last month and upcoming discus star Kirsty Williams who won silver at the U20 World Athletics Championships.
To be eligible to for a Blues Award for Sporting Excellence a student must have represented their nation in international competition during the past year while achieving sound academic results.
Nominations for 2016 closed on October 7 and the award winners will be announced at the Gold Coast campus Function Centre (G07) from 6.30pm on Tuesday night (October 25).