Blues Awards Criteria and Nominations/Applications

Nominations for the 2018 awards have now closed. 

More information on the 2018 award categories is available below.

Massey University Blues

Massey University Blues Awards are presented to students in recognition of their outstanding achievements in both sport and academic studies. 

Sport Criteria for a Massey University Blue

  • The qualifying period for sporting achievements is the season from September 2017 - August 2018.
  • Excellence of play and sportsmanship.
  • Exceptional merit or honour in the particular sport concerned, as displayed in open competition at regional, national or international events during the qualifying period.

Academic Criteria for a Massey University Blue

  • The academic qualifying period for a 2018 Blue is from 1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018.
  • All applicants must be enrolled and pursuing a qualification at Massey University or completing a degree or diploma during the academic qualifying period.
  • All Applicants must have gained a successful pass in a minimum of 45 credits over the period of the qualifying academic year.

Massey University Sport Recognition Award

This award is new for 2018 in recognition of those who have performed exceptionally, however are not eligible for a University Blue as an individual athlete. Eligible applicants include coaches, officials and teams who meet the same criteria as for a Blue, when applied to their circumstances (for example an official who has represented New Zealand umpiring internationally). Teams must be Massey University representative teams, or be comprised of at least 75% Massey University members. Where a team meets performance criteria, academic eligibility will be disregarded. The Sport Recognition Award nomination process is the same as for a Blue (in the case of a team nomination only one member is required to nominate on behalf of the team, however you may need to provide further details of all members after your nomination has been received).

Please be aware that this Award replaces the previous Massey Sports Team of the Year and Outstanding Contribution Award, in order to allow recognition across a broader range of categories, while retaining the prestige and level of performance that characterises University Blues.

MU Sportsman & Sportswoman of the Year Awards

Massey University presents a Campus Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Award at both the Manawatu and Auckland campuses. These awards go to the Blues recipients who, in the opinion of the panel, have performed most outstandingly at their sport and met the academic criteria requirements during the year in question.

Distance Sportsman & Sportswoman of the Year Award

Massey University presents a Distance Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Award at either the Manawatu or Auckland campus event (depending on the locality of the winner). This award goes to the Blues recipient who, in the opinion of the panel, has demonstrated excellent sporting achievements during the year in question and has achieved excellent academic grades. Students studying via distance through Massey University are eligible for consideration of this award.

Manawatū Awards Dinner

Awards will be presented at the annual Blues Awards function on 16th October 2018 in Palmerston North. More details will be provided soon.

Auckland Awards Function

Awards will be presented at the annual Blues Awards function held on 18th October 2018 in Auckland. More details will be provided soon.


If you have any queries about the Blues award process, please email Gabrielle Peach or Tamara Scott-Valath or phone 0800 MASSEY.

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