2023 Blues Awards Winners

The 2023 Blues Awards were announced on 6 October. 164 Blues and nine major awards were presented to students who excelled across four categories - Arts and Cultural, Innovation, Service and Leadership, and Sports.

Major Award Winners

Most Meritorious Performance (Arts and Cultural)

Shreya Gayatri Gejji

A talented filmmaker, Shreya's debut short film "Perianayaki" premiered at the New Zealand International Film Festival, earning her four national awards, including Best New Zealand Film. The film also received recognition at prestigious international festivals. Shreya contributed as a screenwriter to the anthology feature film "Kāinga," further showcasing her storytelling prowess.


Most Outstanding Contribution (Service and Leadership)

Sarina Todd

Sarina, co-founder/director of Women in STEM NZ, is a champion for STEM education and gender equity. Her digital resource, womeninstem.co.nz, featuring interviews with prominent women in STEM leadership, has inspired thousands. Sarina's efforts in organising Enginuity Day and conducting robotics workshops earned her an AIMES emerging talent award. 


Most Meritorious Innovation (Innovation)

Luke Davis

Luke, representing the University of Auckland, excelled in three international case competitions. He secured fourth place at the 2022 Thammasat Undergraduate Business Challenge, third place at the 2023 Champions' Trophy International Case Competition, and claimed first place, along with the people's choice award, at the 2023 USC Marshall International Case Competition.


Most Meritorious Performance (Sport) and Sportswoman of the Year

Theresa Fitzpatrick

Theresa emerged victorious in the 2021 Rugby World Cup (held in 2022 due to Covid-19) with the Black Ferns. Her impactful tries in the semis and final helped secured the title. Adding to her achievements, Theresa triumphed in the World Sevens Series with the Black Fern sevens and earned a nomination for the 2022 World Rugby Women’s 15s Dream Team of the Year.


Sportsman of the Year

William McKenzie

William has demonstrated excellence in sailing. His skilful navigation led to a remarkable 4th place finish at the 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 World Championships. William's dedication was evident at the Junior 49er World Championships in Italy, where he secured a notable 4th place, adding to his successful year.


Para-athlete Sportsperson of the Year

Patricia Louise Walsh

Excelling in para-athletics, Paddy's participation in the New Zealand Para Tour of Canberra was a standout. She achieved the World Championship minimum entry standards in long jump and 100m (T64 category), setting a new New Zealand record in the long jump. 


Māori Major Award

Madeline Shelling

Dominating at the CrossFit Games, Madeline's New Zealanhd team secured an impressive 6th place out of 40 elite teams. The team showed their exceptional teamwork and determination at the renowned competition in Wisconsin. This was an outstanding achievement among the world's top athletes in CrossFit.


Pasifika Major Award

Toesulu Fitzpatrick

A stalwart for the Silver Ferns and Northern Mystics, Sulu's leadership and netball skills shone in 2023. Guiding the Mystics to an ANZ Premiership title in her farewell season, she also brought her prowess to the Netball World Cup in South Africa as a vital asset to the Silver Ferns.

Arts and Cultural Blue Winners

Name Activity
Airu Teng Negotiation
Aisha O'Malley Debating
Andrew Fu Mooting/mediation
Anipātene Biddle Kapa Haka
Atamira Walker Kapa Haka
Ayush Sharma Mediation
Elizabeth Gane Mediation
Grace Baylis Debating
Gulliver MacDonald Negotiation
Harper Smith Debating
Harry Aickin Debating
Henry Meng Classical Performance, Piano
Hikawai Te Nahu Kapa Haka
Hossein Jahedi Latin American Dancing
Isabella Muirhead Architecture
Isabella Wensley Mooting
Kelly Ding Mediation
Lauren Hansen Negotiation
Leonardo Semau Kapa Haka
Levi Ahlquist Kapa Haka
Liam Silverwood Debating
Maddison Lewis Negotiation
Maria Romero De Medeiros Mediation
Melissa Connolly Debating
Nikora Wade Kapa Haka
Oscar Richardson-Read Mooting
Piripi Gordon Kapa Haka
Puna Whakaata Maniapoto-Love Kapa Haka
Sam Nicholson Choral Singing
Shreya Gayatri Gejji Filmmaking
Sian Vaughan-Jones Mediation
Te Ao Leach Kapa Haka
Timothy Evans Choral Singing
Uetaha Wanoa Kapa Haka
Yune-Sang Yune Flute

Innovation Blue Winners

Name Activity
Alex Chenqi Zhuang Case Competition
Alireza Sharifzadeh-Kermani Innovation
Callum Lee Case Competition
Doris Dong Case Competition
Ellie Cammell Case Competition
Ellie Xu Case Competition
Emily Hacket Pain Case Competition
Emma Jane Blackwood Case Competition
Grace Kerr Case Competition
Helen Lam Case Competition
Hongming Chen Innovation
Honor Kathleen Browne Social innovation prototyping competition
Jasmine Gray Social Enterprise
Jason Peng Case Competition
Jason Yang Case Competition
Jiantao Shen Innovation
Katy Qiu Case Competition
Luke Davis Case Competition
Tony Cui Innovation
Travis Palmer Case Competition
Trinayan Krishnan Case Competition

Service and Leadership Blue Winners

Name Activity
Adam Ford Chief Executive and trustee of the Peak Foundation
Arwa Osman Community Leader
Bismah Mahmood Founder and Director at Sisterhood ANZ 
Dylan Chand Founder of the Climate Action Conference
Hannah Urupikia Rapata Community Leader
Hayley June Mary Minturn Community Leader
Khushi Jain Community Leader
Lauren Black Community Leader
Nate Whitfield Community Leader
Sarah-kay Coulter Community Leader
Sarina Todd Co-founder/director of Women in STEM NZ
Thomas Bethell Swinburn Community Leader
Tristan Tongi Petelo AhSui Community Leader

Sports Blue Winners

Name Activity
Abigail Roache Rugby
Adithya Ashok Cricket
Aja Tate-Bell Karate
Alice Zeimann Beach Volleyball
Alliah Jasmine Gulanes Ultimate Frisbee
Andrew Shaun rouse Badminton
Annabelle Rennie-Younger Sailing
Arno Lee Diving
Benjamin Peltola Fencing
Benjamin William Rickerby Mountain Running/Athletics
Blake Holloway Ultimate Frisbee
Brayden Hamilton Sailing
Breana Catley Hockey
Breearne Illing Cricket
Brooke Hardy Cheerleading
Caiden Brown Water polo
Campbell Stanton Sailing
Cate Pedersen Cricket
Catherine Hall Netball
Catherine Jeong-Ah Jennings Powerlifting
Chantelle Dominique Nikita May Fencing
Charles Bioletti Fencing
Dana Ye-Lee Powerlifting
Elizabeth Anton Football
Ella Kelso Judo
Ella Wyllie Cycling
Emma Whitlock Ultimate Frisbee
Erena Calder-Hawkins Badminton
Ericia Chang Ter Hwei Ultimate Frisbee
Frazer Tavener Diving
Gabriella MacDonald Water Polo
Grace Nweke Netball
Grant Clancy Canoe racing
Greer Morley Canoe Sprint
Hamish Forde Ultimate Frisbee
Hamish Mclaren Sailing
Hannah Curwood Under Water Hockey
Havana Hopman Rhythmic Gymnastics
Henrietta Scott Lawn Bowls
Holly Sheaff Canoe Slalom
Isaac Chan Badminton
Isabel Neal Athletics - 400m Sprinter
Isabella Gill Hockey
Isabella Matthews Archery
Ivana Rowland Netball
Jack Wang Badminton
Jackson Jarvie Football
James Butler Fencing
Jana-Marie Kar Kwan Low Ultimate Frisbee
Jodie Batt Karate
Joshua Feng Badminton
Joshua Holloway Ultimate Frisbee
Joshua Sumner Water Polo
Josie Penfold Cricket
Julia Giurgiu Ultimate Frisbee
Kate Burley Netball
Lex Revells-Lewis Athletics
Lisa Putt Netball
Lochy Naismith Sailing
Lucy Leith Sailing
Lucy Mary Rose Matehaere Canoe Sprint
Lukas Tsukasa MacDonald Short Track Speed Skating
Madeline Shelling Cross Fit
Mikhail Antanamov Futsal
Nathan Adam Smith Golf
Nathan Lobo Football
Nuala Edmundson Archery
Olivia Christie Sailing
Olivia Coulter Underwater Hockey
Olivia Hobbs Sailing
Patricia Louise Walsh Athletics Para - Sprint & Long Jump
Prue Catton Cricket
Quinn Sunde Cricket
Reagan Kelly Esports
Rebecca Deen Underwater Hockey
Rebecca Hume Sailing
Reuben Fitzgerald Basketball
Riley Williams Rugby
Ronan Lee Orienteering
Ryan Parr Hockey
Samuel Nash Lacrosse
Scott McKenzie Sailing
Shaunna Li Badminton
Sofia Higgott Sailing
Sophia Morgan Sailing
Sophie Spencer Triathlon
Stella Bilger Sailing
Theresa Fitzpatrick Rugby
Toesulu Fitzpatrick Netball
Vincent Jin-Hao Tao Badminton
Will Shapland Sailing
William Kai Fu-Allen Artistic Gymnastics
William McKenzie Sailing
Xavi Taele Rugby
Zaria Ireland Ultimate Frisbee