2018 Blues Awards Winners
The 2018 Blues Awards ceremony was held on Friday 28 September at the Pavilion on Old Government House lawn. Seven major awards, and 116 Blues, were given to students who achieved in sports, the arts and culture, and service and leadership.
Major award winners
Māori Sportsperson of the Year
Madison Doar and Sam Harrison
Madison and Sam both represented New Zealand as members of the triumphant Black Sticks Women’s hockey team who took gold at 2018 Commonwealth Games. The Black Sticks created history by securing an impressive 4-1 defeat of Australia in the Gold Coast Games’ final to return home as champions. This is the first hockey gold medal New Zealand have won at the Commonwealth Games since the sport was introduced to the programme in 1998.
Sportsman of the Year Award
Riley put in an outstanding performance to take home a silver medal at the 2017 International Taekwon-do World Championships. Competing in the -78kg division, Riley fought off tough competition from the world’s best to secure second place. The biennial event is recognised as the premier event on the ITF calendar, attracting 84 teams from 49 countries.
Sportswoman of the Year Award
Alisa set a New Zealand and Oceania record at the 2018 World Classic Powerlifting Championship with an impressive lift of 190kg. Competing in the 72kg division junior class, Alisa fought off tough competition from the world’s best powerlifters to finish 2nd in the deadlift discipline and 6th overall. The championships is one of the biggest in the International Powerlifting Federation competitions, drawing a field of 750 lifters from 51 nations.
Award for Most Meritorious Performance (Sport)
Named as Captain of the Black Sticks Women’s hockey team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Stacey led her team to an historic gold at the Gold Coast competition. Shortlisted for International Hockey Federation’s women’s Player of the Year 2017 and with an impressive 250 caps to her name, Stacey was further honoured when she was chosen as New Zealand’s flag bearer at the closing ceremony.
Award for Most Outstanding Contribution in Service & Leadership
A passionate advocate for children’s rights and international adoptions, Alexander was named a Young New Zealander of the Year semi-finalist in 2018, received the Young Romanian of the Year award 2017/18 and was a Rotary Peace Fellowship finalist in 2017. As an ambassador and board director for ‘I’m Adopted’, Alex plays a key role in the non-for-profit organisation, which aims to re-connect people with their birth families and provide resources to help make the adoption process a positive experience.
Award for Most Meritorious Performance in Arts and Cultural
Siyu is a highly gifted pianist and has been recognised at a number of national and international competitions. Outstanding performances saw Siyu secure notable placings at a range of high-profile competitions including; first prize at the 2017 New Zealand National Concerto Competition, 2nd prize at the 2017 Wallace National Piano Competition and 4th prize at the Australian 2017 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition.
|Alice Logan||Ultimate Frisbee|
|Anna Crosby||Ultimate Frisbee|
|Andrew Stewart||Ultimate Frisbee|
|Benjamin Chong||Ultimate Frisbee|
|Britney Ford||Canoe Sprint|
|Coral Huang||Ultimate Frisbee|
|Dean Shu||Table Tennis|
|Emma Bavelaar||Underwater Hockey|
|Emma Menzies||Ultimate Frisbee|
|Grace Tobin||Water Polo
|Ian Lim||Ultimate Frisbee|
|James Steyn||Pole Vault|
|James Thwaite||Canoe Slalom|
|Jenna Merrick||Road Cycling|
|Jordan Tan||Ultimate Frisbee|
|Kathryn Wright||Surf Life Saving|
|Kim Thompson||Canoe Sprint
|Kristopher Middleton||Touch Rugby|
|Lily Tootill||Show Jumping|
|Logan Dunning Beck||Yachting|
|Marcia Zeng||Ultimate Frisbee|
|Matthew Henry||Inline Hockey|
|Megan Lake||Ultimate Frisbee|
|Nick Barakat||Inline Hockey|
|Riley Phillips-Harris||Taekwon-do and Jiujitsu|
|Shelby Haarhoff||Ultimate Frisbee|
|Stephanie Shen||Ultimate Frisbee|
|Struan Munro Caughey||Archery|
|Tim Meyer-Smith||Ultimate Frisbee|
Arts and Cultural Winners
|Amy Chun-I Chang||Vocal|
|Bernard Kim||Barbershop Singing|
|Bianca Wiki Davidson||Vocal|
|Chelsea Emily Akimano Numanga||Vocal|
|Henry Blackmore||FIFA eSports|
|Louis Norton||Pipe Band|
|Te Ohorere Williams||Vocal|
|Timothy Paterson-Catto||Pipe Band|
Service and Leadership Awards
|Megan de Lambert
|Xavier Muao Breed