The Blue is Adelaide University Sport's most prestigious award, presented at the Blues Awards annually to University of Adelaide students who are members of one of our clubs and have had outstanding performances at state or national level. This year we are excited to be awarding two students a Blue.
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 1908, the Blue was adopted as the highest recognition for sporting achievement by students of the University of Adelaide.
William Smith - Adelaide University Boat Club
William Smith has had an incredibly successful year having very nearly won a gold medal at the 2019 Rowing World Championships in his first ever international campaign. Additionally, also had a very successful domestic season having represented his club in a number of high priority boats, and was part of Adelaide University Sport's Uni Nationals Div 1 squad this year.
At the World Championships William was part of the Australian PR3 Rowing team and finished with a silver medal. He also represented the South Australia in the Men's Youth eight and came first in the u21 men's coxed four at the South Australia First grate regatta.
Nathan Dignam - Ultimate Frisbee
Nathan has been selected into the Under 24 Australian Ultimate Frisbee team to comepete at the Under 24 Ultimate Frisbee Championship. He attended multiple trials in Sydney and Melbourne along with the best players from around the country. There were three teams in total, the men's, women's and mixed team and there were only two South Australians including Nathan.
Nathan has also consistently represented Adelaide University Ultimate Frisbee Club in the local leagues and shown high performance and leadership especially when there are new players in the club., most recently leading Adelaide University to a 4th place finish out of 8 teams in the Spring of 2018, finishing 4th in the MVP voting for that season.
Tickets Now Available
Celebrate with William, Nathan and many more by purchasing a ticket to the Blues Awards for 2019 held at the National Wine Centre on December 4.