Massey Blues Awards , Te pō whakahōnore 'Blues Awards'

Find out about Massey's annual sports awards for top-level athletes, including nomination criteria and how to apply.

Two students holding up silver trophies on stage at the Blues Awards

Massey University Blues Sports Awards are part of a longstanding tradition of recognising sporting excellence in New Zealand universities.

The Blues are open to all sports people at Massey, including those studying by distance, who have achieved outstanding results in both their sport and academic studies.

Criteria for the awards

To be considered for a Blue, athletes must meet the sport and academic criteria. Sport criteria are set by the National Sports Organisations (NSO) independently of Massey. These criteria are reviewed each year.

Sport criteria

Qualifying period: 1 September (previous year) to 31 August of the current year.

Sport criteria you must meet to be considered for a Massey Blues Award are:

  • excellence of play and sportsmanship
  • exceptional merit or honour in the particular sport concerned (should be displayed at regional, national or international events during the stated qualifying period). The standard is set by the relevant National Sports Organisation for each sport.

Academic criteria

Qualifying period: June (of the previous year) to July of the current year. This period covers Semester 2, Summer School and Semester 1.

You must be enrolled at Massey and have gained a successful pass in a minimum of 45 credits over the qualifying period or be completing your qualification.

Award categories

In addition to the individual Massey Blues awards, Massey also recognises other high-level sporting achievers through the following sports awards.

Sporting Excellence Award

This award recognises Massey students who have performed exceptionally, however, they are not eligible for a University Blue as individual athletes. Eligible applicants include coaches and officials who meet the same academic and sporting criteria for a Blue when applied to their circumstances (for example an official who has represented NZ umpiring internationally).

Campus Sportsman & Sportswoman of the Year Awards

These awards go to the Blues recipients who, in the selection panel's opinion, have performed the most outstandingly at their sport while also meeting the academic criteria.

All Blues recipients studying internally on the Auckland, Palmerston North or Wellington Campuses are eligible for selection.

Distance Sportsman & Sportswoman of the Year Award

These awards go to the Blues recipients who, in the selection panel's opinion, have performed the most outstandingly at their sport while also meeting the academic criteria.

All Blues recipients studying via distance are eligible for selection.

Application and nomination process

Applications and nominations for the awards typically open in June each year and close in late July. You can apply yourself or nominate someone through an online form. We strongly encourage athletes to put themselves forward for the awards.

Judging the awards

The Blues are awarded by a selection committee of between seven and 10 Massey staff members, representing the diversity of the University and the student body. Members of the committee show a passion for sport and understand what sporting excellence is.

Awards function

We celebrate award recipients at an annual function. We know that huge commitment and discipline are needed to become a Blues recipient. You have successfully juggled the often-weighty workloads of university study with heavy training and performance schedules.

As many recipients are overseas, have busy schedules and with COVID-19 still in our communities, the awards ceremony is held online to allow our recipients and their friends and whānau to celebrate their achievements from the comfort of their own home.

Put on your best, pour a drink and join us virtually for the awards evening to hear from our guest speakers, see who else is receiving awards and find out who our major award winners are for 2022.

Next awards ceremony:  6.00pm, Thursday 20 October 2022

Watch here: Massey Blues Sports Awards

Find out more

Visit the Massey Blues website for more information about criteria, nominations and awards functions.

For questions about the Blues award, email the High Performance Coordinators on