On October 27 2022, the university hosted the inaugural ACU Sport and Performer Awards. The event symbolised a unique celebration of ACU spirit, acknowledging the incredible achievements of our elite student and alumni athletes, performers and sporting community.
The evening, held in Melbourne Campus’s magnificent Cathedral Hall, welcomed a host of nationally and internationally awarded Australian sporting and performing heroes, Olympians, Paralympians, world champions, AFL and NRLW stars. The university honoured not just our sporting club, volunteer, official and team of the year, including two-time Indigenous UniSport Nationals champions, but 21 of ACU’s first ever Blues Award recipients.
After the awards presentation, a panel featuring Ellie Cole, Ashley Waterman and Jarryn Geary shared some moving, insightful and humbling stories and opinions around leadership, resilience and the value of the Elite Athlete and Performer Program (EAPP).
The evening showcased some of the EAPP’s talented performers including the hilarious musings of voice actor and MC of the night, Barnaby Pollok, a heart-lifting melody by four-time ARIA nominated singer-songwriter Jasmine Rae, and a finale performance by our very own punk princess Azure, or Ashley Waterman.
Academic Excellence Award
This award recognises outstanding sporting achievement combined with academic excellence. Award recipients will have displayed high-level sporting/performing achievements while maintaining a significant study load and high academic results.
Most Outstanding Performance by an Athlete/Performer with Disability
This award recognises an exceptional performance by an elite student-athlete with disability (AWD) at a world championships event or other significant international or national para event. Performance is not related to a university sport event.
ACU Indigenous Athlete/Performer of the Year
This award recognises an exceptional performance by an Indigenous elite student athlete or performer at an Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, world championships or other significant national or international event.