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, 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, 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 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 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
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
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
|Classical Performance, Piano
|Hikawai Te Nahu
|Latin American Dancing
|Maria Romero De Medeiros
|Puna Whakaata Maniapoto-Love
|Shreya Gayatri Gejji
|Te Ao Leach
Innovation Blue Winners
|Alex Chenqi Zhuang
|Emily Hacket Pain
|Emma Jane Blackwood
|Honor Kathleen Browne
|Social innovation prototyping competition
Service and Leadership Blue Winners
|Chief Executive and trustee of the Peak Foundation
|Founder and Director at Sisterhood ANZ
|Founder of the Climate Action Conference
|Hannah Urupikia Rapata
|Hayley June Mary Minturn
|Co-founder/director of Women in STEM NZ
|Thomas Bethell Swinburn
|Tristan Tongi Petelo AhSui
Sports Blue Winners
|Alliah Jasmine Gulanes
|Andrew Shaun rouse
|Benjamin William Rickerby
|Catherine Jeong-Ah Jennings
|Chantelle Dominique Nikita May
|Ericia Chang Ter Hwei
|Under Water Hockey
|Athletics - 400m Sprinter
|Jana-Marie Kar Kwan Low
|Lucy Mary Rose Matehaere
|Lukas Tsukasa MacDonald
|Short Track Speed Skating
|Nathan Adam Smith
|Patricia Louise Walsh
|Athletics Para - Sprint & Long Jump
|Vincent Jin-Hao Tao
|William Kai Fu-Allen