Recognising our sporting greats
The 48th annual Monash Sport Awards, a night which presents the highest and most prestigious sporting titles in the Monash community, recognised over 50 students for their outstanding achievements.
Director of Monash Sport and MC of the evening, Martin Doulton, congratulated the students for their amazing efforts.
“Universities have a strong tradition in recognising the contribution student athletes make to campus life and the Blues awards have a long history, not only at Monash but at universities around the world since 1829,” Mr Doulton said.
“As with those that have gone before them all of this year’s awardees have shown their dedication and passion for sport and it’s an honour to have them representing Monash University.”
Two different types of awards were handed out on the night in front of the 200 guests. Winners were decided by the ‘Blues committee’, selecting students who have had an exceptional year representing Monash at a national level.
The ‘Blues Award’, which was presented to 44 students, is the University’s most prestigious award, is presented annually to Monash Students who demonstrate exceptional sporting performance.
Those who made excellent contributions on the sporting field or through working tirelessly in the administration areas of Monash Sport were awarded a ‘Sports Award’:
- Coach of the year: Neil Hay
- Sport manager of the year: Thomas Niazmand
- Club of the year: Monash Ultimate Frisbee Club
- Team of the year: Australian University Games (AUG) Baseball Team
- Male athlete of the year: Trent Reeve
- Female athlete of the year: Shannon Eagland
- Male volunteer of the year: Andrew Ho
- Female volunteer of the year: Jennifer Do
The evening revealed many inspiring sport moments that took place over the year. In 2011, after 45 years as a team, Monash University finally won an AUG Baseball gold medal, thanks to a walk off home run.
Winner of the female athlete of the year award, Shannon Eagland, has also had a year full of athletic accomplishment. The former Melbourne Vixens Squad member made the Australian Under 21 Netball team that toured New Zealand.
She also made the 2011 Victoria Fury Team, part of the Australian Netball League, while signing with the Queensland Firebirds for 2012. The star player was also part of the gold winning AUG Women’s Netball team.
Monash University finished second overall at the Australian University Games.
“A result such as this only strengthens Monash University’s reputation as one of the sporting elite universities in Australia. Consecutive top three results for the past five years is an achievement that we can all be proud of,” said Mr Doulton.
The night capped off a fantastic year in sport for Monash University.