A star-studded audience of Olympians, national representatives, scholar athletes and other supporters of university sport was on hand as the Vice Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence AC, announced the Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year for 2017 at the annual Sydney University Sport Awards held in the Great Hall on Wednesday 11 April.
Remarkably, two St Andrew’s students in each of the women’s and men’s category – Wallis Russell (rowing) and Clare Hunt (soccer), and Will Raven (rowing) and Andrew Judge (rowing) – were nominated as part of a very short list of high performing athletes for these highly regarded awards. We’re delighted to report that fresher Wallis Russell received the Sportswoman of the Year trophy from the Vice Chancellor for her outstanding contributions to University and National rowing during 2017.
This annual event celebrates the sporting achievements of Sydney University students and club members that have made an outstanding contribution to sport throughout the year.
The Sports Awards night also doubles as an occasion to introduce the Sporting Scholarship holders for 2018.
Since their inception in 1990, when only three Sports Scholarships were on offer, the program has grown to provide assistance to 360 elite athletes each year. Forty-three St Andrew’s students are scholarship holders in the Elite Athlete Scheme, representing 12% of the total number – a clear example of the College punching above its weight in University sport.
Congratulations to the many Androvians whose contributions were recognised at the event.
Above photo: Ella Brown, Issie McCalman, Marcus Britt, Will Raven, St Andrew’s College Principal Wayne Erickson, Clare Hunt, Wallis Russell, Annabel Martin, Devlin Walsh, Andrew Judge
Photos courtesy of Andrew Frazer Photography