Athletes happily get the Blues


2015 Distance Sportswoman of the Year, and gold medallist para-swimmer Mary Fisher.


It is all gold, silver and bronze at this year’s Massey University Blues Awards, with a number of Olympians receiving awards in Auckland next week.

Now in their 26th year, the Blues Awards are the highest sporting accolade given in the New Zealand tertiary system, and part of a tradition dating back to 1922. This year Massey University is awarding 135 Blues Awards to 132 student-athletes.

2016 Blues recipients include athletics Olympian Lucy Oliver, Tall Blacks basketballer Tom Abercrombie, para-cyclist Laura Thompson, Manawatū Turbos first five Sam Malcolm and White Fern Hannah Rowe.

Distance Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year nominees

Distance Student Sportsman of the Year nominees:

Corey Peters – Adaptive Alpine Ski

Tom Abercrombie – Basketball

Nathan Flannery – Rowing

Alistair Bond – Rowing

Blair Hilton – Hockey

Distance Student Sportswoman of the Year nominees:

Mary Fisher - Swimming

Luuka Jones - Canoe Slalom

Polly Powrie - Sailing

These awards are for students studying via distance learning, and highlight Massey University’s longstanding reputation for providing the highest level of flexibility, tailored to the life of the high-performing athlete. As a result of this dedication, Massey was the first in New Zealand to be named an athlete-friendly university by High Performance Sport New Zealand.

2015 Albany Campus Sportswoman of the Year, Cheree Kinnear (archery) and 2015 Albany Campus Sportsman of the Year, Nicholas Southgate (Athletics).


The Massey University Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards is a trophy given to athletes from each of Massey’s three campuses in Auckland, Manawatū and Wellington.

Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year nominees

Albany Campus Sportsman of the Year nominees:

Hayden Phillips – Hockey

Anton Sunde – Water Polo

Hamish Gill – Athletics

Jacob Garrod - Swimming

Manawatū campus Sportsman of the Year nominees:

Jordan Peters – Athletics

Mackenzie Wilcox – Hockey

Tim Cadwallader – Rugby

Sam Malcolm – Rugby

Alex Jordan – Athletics

Malcolm Gibson – Canoe Slalom

Albany Campus Sportswoman of the Year nominees:

Cheree Kinnear – Archery

Samantha Charlton – Hockey

Erica Dawson – Sailing

Manawatū campus Sportswoman of the Year nominees:

Hannah Rowe – Cricket

Anona Pak – Badminton

Keri Hayden – Rugby & Rugby Sevens

Team of the Year nominees:

Massey Rugby Colts

Massey Netball Team

Varsity Men's Rugby Team

2015 Manawatū Campus Sportswoman of the Year Hannah Rowe (Cricket) and 2015 Manawatū Campus Sportsman of the Year Hamish Kerr (Athletics).


University Blues - a long-standing tradition

The story of the Blues sports awards originated in England in the mid-1890s. Fierce rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge Universities, competing in very different shades of blue, heralded the beginning of the sporting award now known as the “Blue”. It wasn’t until 1912 that the University of Cambridge formed a committee to oversee the task of awarding “Blues to those students who had excelled both on and off the field of play”.

The tradition of awarding New Zealand University Blues began in 1919, and Massey University began this tradition in 1934. In 1990, the Massey University Blues Sports Awards committee was formally constituted, and today the rich tradition of awarding Blues continues.

Massey University’s earliest recipient of a New Zealand Blues Award was Mac Cooper in 1934 for rugby. Previous winners include Olympians Lisa Carrington and Hamish Bond.

Massey University was the first university in New Zealand to be named an athlete-friendly university by High Performance NZ.

152 Prime Ministers Athlete Scholarships were awarded to Massey University athletes for 2016 making Massey the largest education provider for elite athletes.

85 past and present Massey University students competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro – more than 40 per cent of the total New Zealand team.

11 of the 18 New Zealand medals won at the 2016 Olympic Games were current or former Massey University students.

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