Student-athletes and sport management professionals from across Australia have been recognised by the peak body for university sport in Australia with the announcement of the 2016 Australian University Sport Awards recipients.
Presented annually since 2002, the Awards recognise sporting excellence displayed by university student-athletes and sport management professionals across eight categories:
Coach of the year
Michael Shaw (The University of Western Australia)
Community Leadership Award
The University of Western Australia Hockey Club
Team of the Year
Monash University 3x3 basketball (2015 World University League)
Female Athlete of the Year
Amy James (Queensland University of Technology, World University Rowing Championship)
Male Athlete of the Year
Cyrus Monk (The University of Melbourne, World University Cycling Championship)
Most Outstanding Performance AWD
Ellie Cole (Australian Catholic University, Rio 2016 Paralympic Games - Swimming)
Most Outstanding Performance - Indigenous Student-Athlete
Ryan James (Griffith University, Gold Coast Titans)
Most Outstanding Performance
Emilee Cherry (The University of Queensland, Rio 2016 Olympic Games Women’s Rugby Sevens)
Elite student-athletes undertaking the dual career education pathway consistently prove they are high achievers, and are often the top athletes on international representative teams.
Australian University Sport CEO Don Knapp explained the importance of recognising elite student-athletes and the professionals that support the dual career education pathway.
“AUS members play an integral role in ensuring these student-athletes are provided the best possible environment for success – in both academics and sport,” Mr Knapp said.
“With the provision of scholarships, access to industry leading training and research facilities and assistance in exams and assignment deadlines, the collective work of AUS members ensures elite student-athletes can pursue sporting excellence while laying the foundation for their long term future through tertiary education.”
In 2015 AUS introduced two new categories: Most Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Athlete with a Disability (AWD), which recognises sporting achievements at a significant international sporting event by an AWD athlete; and the Community Leadership award which recognises a university based program dedicated to building capacity to promote positive attitudes and behaviours.