Sporting Elite Honoured

We honoured our sporting elite at the annual Sports Blues awards

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We honoured our sporting elite and the dedication of players, coaches and sporting administrators at the annual Sports Blues awards.

More than 120 guests gathered at the Union Building to celebrate our 2012 sporting achievements, which included naming Full Blues awards recipients, Life Members, the Chancellor's Trophy, High Achiever awards and Outstanding Service awards. The awards recognised sporting achievement in university competitions at club, national and Australian representative level.

Vice-Chancellor John Dewar presented the Blues Awards and expressed his support for the annual event. Steve Huynh, David Jame, Riley Richardson and Emma Cox were all awarded Full Blues awards and acknowledged for the hard work that goes into training and balancing study.

Steve Huynh achieved the Blues award for his success in Touch Football, where he represented the university at the Australian University Games. He helped his team win a silver medal, while gaining Green and Gold selection.

David Jame was recognised for achieving a silver medal in 2012 at the Australian Raw Powerlifting Championships, setting National and Oceanic records.

Riley Richardson represented La Trobe in 2012 as captain of the mixed netball team at the Southern University Games and Australian University Games. Riley gained selection in the Victorian Men's under 19 team and Australian Men's under 19 team, beating the New Zealand team and claiming the trans-Tasman trophy.

Emma Cox, who was the final recipient of the Blues Award, competed as part of the Australian Shooting Team in Clay Target Shooting at the World Student Championships held in Russia. Emma was also the AA Grade National Double Rise Champion and Women's National Double Rise Champion.

Life Member awards and Outstanding Service awards were given to 14 dedicated club members. Menzies College were presented with the Intercollege Chancellor's Trophy for the highest point score in the intercollege sports program.

La Trobe's Sport Manager John Dumaresq said the night was a success.

'It was a fantastic night. The awards are great way to recognise all the efforts of the university's large sporting community and it was wonderful having the Vice-Chancellor apart of it', he said

We boast an impressive 24 affiliated sporting clubs on campus who regularly participate in intervarsity sport on a regional and national level.

Representing La Trobe at regional and national events has provided students with experience to further their athletic careers.

The Blues Awards were established 45 years ago to recognise all of the university's sports clubs and associations and their achievements.

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