AU Sport and the University of Adelaide have a long history of rewarding sporting excellence with the first Blue awarded in 1908.
The history of the Blue began in 1836 following a boat race between Oxford and Cambridge universities, first as a blue ribbon tied to the bow of the Cambridge boat and later as the colour of the stripes worn by the Oxford crew. Over time, any student who represented Oxford against Cambridge was entitled to wear a dark blue jacket. Eventually, Blues were awarded for outstanding achievement in university sport – a tradition adopted at universities in many parts of the world.
In more recent times, AU Sport has expanded the number of sporting awards with athletes, coaches, volunteers and clubs being rewarded for excellence at local, intervarsity, state and national level. All awards will be presented in front of the University community, including University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor and AU Sport Patron, Professor Peter Rathjen, at the 2019 Blues function, which will be held at the National Wine Centre in December.
Round one of nominations are now open and clubs which have been competing over the summer, whose members (athletes, coaches and volunteers) who meet their award standards, are encouraged to submit nominations for the Blues Committee to consider.
AU Sport Awards:
- Half Blue
- Club Letters (Competition)
- Club Letters (Service)
- Service to University Sport
- IV Certificate of Merit
- Coach of the Year
- Volunteer of the Year
- Patron's Cup
- Club of the Year
For more information about each award including criteria and previous winners click here.
Round one nominations for all individual awards are due by 3 May.
Round two nominations close 18 October.
Club of the Year nominations close later in the year.
Nomination forms can be accessed here.