2017 Blues Awards winners

The 2017 Blues Awards ceremony was held on Friday 29 September at the Pavilion on Old Government House lawn. 114 Blues were awarded to students who had achieved in sports, the arts and culture and service and leadership.

Major award winners

Sportsman of the Year Award

Dylan Schmidt

Dylan had great success at the 2016 Rio Olympics. He became New Zealand's first athlete to compete in Trampoline at an Olympic Games and performed with distinction, finishing seventh in the individual men's category.

Dylan also won bronze at the Pacific Rim Championships and placed ninth in the Swiss World Cup. He holds the New Zealand records for difficulty, set total score, voluntary total score, and total score. 

Sportswoman of the Year Award

Eliza McCartney

Pole vaulter Eliza McCartney won an incredible bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games, with a height of 4.80m. Eliza was the youngest Olympic medallist ever in the women's pole vault. Eliza later went on to win bronze in the 2017 IAAF Rome Diamond League, with a height of 4.75m. 

Eliza’s new personal best of 4.82m was achieved at the 2017 International Auckland Track Challenge, where she won gold.

Māori Sportsperson of the Year Award

Michael Brake (Ngāti Porou)

Michael attended the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio as part of the New Zealand rowing men's eight, which placed sixth. Rio was Michael's first Olympic Games, having qualified for the 8 for Rio at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette with a significant fourth place.

Para-athlete of the Year Award

Keegan Owen Pitcher

Keegan has had many great successes as a para-athlete in T36 classification track events. He won gold in the 100m, 200m, and 400m at the Oceania Championships in Fiji and 2 bronzes in the 400m and 800m at the World Para Athletic Championships in London.

Keegan currently holds the New Zealand record in 200m and 400m.

Award for the Most Meritorious Performance (Sport)

Eliza McCartney

Eliza’s bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio has secured her the Most Meritorious Performance in Sport. This result was a huge achievement, with her 4.80m clearance equalling her national record and personal best at the time.

Eliza was also only the fourth New Zealand Olympic medallist in a field event.

Award for the Most Meritorious Performance (Arts and Cultural)

Sarah Foster-Sproull

Sarah has been awarded Creative New Zealand's highest honour for a choreographer, The CNZ Choreographic Fellowship. This fellowship provides her with $100,000 to pursue a rigorous programme of dance-related events over two years and promote her creative work internationally. This includes creating a new choreographic work; collaborating with artists and companies in New Zealand, Fiji, Australia, Scotland, Singapore, and America; building her business capabilities and international profile; and starting a company to provide professional experience to dance graduates.

The fellowship assessment panel described Sarah as “one of New Zealand’s most compelling, innovative and creative choreographers.”

Award for the most outstanding contribution (Service and Leadership)

Lucy McSweeney

Lucy is a passionate mental health campaigner who is working to improve mental health education in the New Zealand school system.
Her petition, which collected over ten thousand signatures, calls for better guidelines and adequate training and funding for mental health education in the high school curriculum. The petition was delivered to parliament in June and is currently under select committee review for action.

Lucy has been open with her own experience of mental illness in her advocacy. She hopes that being open about such a challenge will provide hope to the one in five other young New Zealanders who face mental health problems and encourage them to seek help.

As part of her campaign, Lucy has spoken at schools and forums and engaged with politicians and the media.

Sports winners

Name Activity
Abbie Palmer Squash
Alani Nicklin Volleyball
Alexandra Parker Volleyball
Alice Tilley Orienteering
Amie Limbrick Powerlifting
Aniket Parikh Cricket
Anjali Thakker Ice hockey
Ariana May Kereopa

Canoe racing (sprint kayak)

Surf life saving

Ashton Reiser Canoe sprint
Bailey Anne Lovett Olympic weightlifting
Billy Bowman Waka ama
Britney Ford Canoe sprint
Callum Herries Orienteering
Cameron de L'Isle Orienteering
Catherine Layburn Rowing
Charlotte Moss Olympic weightlifting
Charlotte Spence Rowing
Coral Huang Ultimate Frisbee
Dallas Watene Waka ama
Daniel Keleghan Fencing
Dean Shu Table tennis
Devon Beckman Orienteering
Dylan Schmidt Trampoline
Eleanor Delos Reyes Adviento Curling
Elise Salt Triathlon
Eliza McCartney Pole vault
Emma Bavelaar Underwater hockey
Frazer Ellis Ice hockey
George Muir Hockey
Georgia Naera Waka ama
Georgia Carter Lacrosse
Georgia Henderson Lacrosse
Hayley Carter Softball
Helen Murray Ice hockey
Hilary Munro Water skiing
James Ramsbottom Underwater hockey
James Thwaite Canoe slalom
Jessica Retter Waka ama
Jonathan Kumarich Rowing
Josie Stevens Waka ama
Kayla Fairbairn Orienteering
Keegan Owen Pitcher Para athletics - track
Kim Thompson Canoe sprint
Lara Molloy Orienteering
Litia Tuiburelevu Karate
Martin White Polocrosse
Matthew Battley Trail running
Michael Brake Rowing
Michaela Sokolich-Beatson Netball
Molly Swanson Triathlon
Nicholas Kazunari Rowsby Karate
Nona Taute Waka ama
Pippa Hayward Hockey
Rachel Adams Lacrosse
Rebecca Cole Canoe racing
Ryan Pieter Deen Underwater hockey
Sam Kettle  Triathlon
Samantha Harrison Hockey
Samuel Ruruarau Hiha Hockey
Sarah Carson Waka ama
Sid Dymond Water polo
Sione Molia Rugby sevens
Stacey Michelsen Hockey
Tommy Hayes Orienteering
Vaoala Enesa Waka ama
William Raea Touch rugby

Arts and Cultural winners

Name Activity
Aditya Vasudevan Debating
Amanda Megayanti Wijaya Architecture - design
Ana Lenard Mooting
Andrew Taylor Grant Mooting
Bernard Jinhyun Kim Barbershop singing
Brooke Bardell-Munro Architecture
Caroline Hope Urban design
Catherine Kwak Cello
Chirag Jindal Architectural design
Chris Ryan Debating
Clovis McEvoy Composition
Daniel Maier-Gant Debating
Elliott Morgan Architecture
George Gillard Competitive robotics
Hanna Valentine Sculpture and installation
Jack Barker Competitive robotics
James Penn Debating
James Rankin Debating
Jessica Clare Chase Competitive robotics
Joshua Pearson Music composition
Kate Turner Architecture
Katherine Eichelbaum Mooting
Kayla Grant Debating
Kirsten Strom Music composition
Linda Dallimore Music composition
Ling Zhang Dance - hip hop
Lucy Harrison Debating
Michael Arada Greenop Mooting
Priscilla Leow Dance
Rui Wen Competitive robotics
Sarah Foster-Sproull Choreography
Steven Barker Competitive robotics
Taylor Chan Architecture
Tiaan Nelson Mooting
Xavier Muao Breed Dance
Yinan Liu Architecture

Service and leadership winners

Alistair Lock
Anna Zam
Caroline Hope
Charles Norton
Erena Wikaire
Georgina Hitchcock
Kat Poi
Lucy McSweeney
Morgan Archer
Rachel Basevi
Urvashi Singh