Monash University's Service to the Community Awardee for 2015

Monash University's 2015 Service to the Community Awardee is Stefan Smith!

Stefan, as the Monash University Outdoors Club's President, has been a passionate leader for the club and a clear catalyst for MUOC's transformation over the last two years.

He took on the impossible task of transforming the Club’s Committee, previously reliant on key individuals, to an autonomous and structured student organisation. Stefan’s leadership has also attracted a number of members toward Committee involvement and fostered many of the Club’s officers to realise the extent of their responsibilities to their peers. He has been critical in improving the clubs service to the Monash Community and its members.

We want to congratulate Stefan on his incredible influence and service.

Monash University Oaktree Foundation Volunteer Recognition Awardee for 2015

Monash University's 2015 Oaktree Foundation Volunteer Recognition Awardee is Fiona Canny!

Fiona is a recent graduate of Monash University and the Deputy CEO of the Oaktree Foundation.

She is the recipient of the volunteer award in recognition of the 4 years of volunteer work she undertook prior to becoming the foundations Deputy CEO in early 2015.

She has been called the backbone of the organisation and has been responsible for leading the Oaktree Foundation's strategic plan this year.

Fiona first joined Oaktree in October 2012, working on participant training and engagement for the 2013 Roadtrip to End Poverty.

Following that, she joined Oaktree's Executive Team as Head of Campaigns, overseeing Oaktree's social and political campaigning work and the 2014 End Poverty Campaign.

Fiona is deeply passionate about providing opportunities for young people to realise their potential to influence social and political change on the issues they care deeply about.

The Monash community praise Fiona for her hard work and dedication. Thank you and Congratulations Fiona. 


Monash University's Varsity Team of the Year for 2015

Monash University's 2015 Varsity Team of the Year is the Men's Hockey Team!

The Men’s Hockey Team had a spectacular year in 2015, winning all 3 Varsity tournaments they competed in. 

At the start of the year they defeated Melbourne University in the annual Varsity Challenge. 

In June they went through the Southern University Games undefeated to take the Gold Medal.

As the South Australian University Champions the team entered the Australian University Games with hopes of besting their previous years AUG Silver Medal. In the Gold medal rematch from last year, such was the spirit of this years team that when they found themselves down 2 - 0 with 5 minutes to play, they rallied to tie the game with 90 seconds remaining on the full time clock. They were then able to pull off an amazing 'golden' goal to take the Gold in over time.

As the reigning Australian University Champions, we want to congratulate everyone involved in the  Monash University Men's Hockey Team on their many successes this year.

TeamMONASH's Club of the Year for 2015

Monash University's 2015 Sport Club of the Year is the Boardriders Club!

This year the Monash Boardriders Club had growing student figures and a great committee that worked together to build a successful calendar of events for 2015 for surf, skate and snow.

With over 500 members, the club organised 6 surf camps and 3 snow camps throughout the year. One of which was the Australian University Championships in Newcastle where the Women's division won the Championships and the team came second overall.

The Monash Boardriders Club has also participated in the Australian Disabled Surfers Initiative and helped people with physical and mental disabilities enjoy getting in the water and surfing their first waves.

Congratulations to everyone involved with the club!

Monash University's Female Athlete of the Year for 2015

Monash University's 2015 Female Athlete of the Year is Nneka Okpala!

Nneka has had a fantastic year in 2015. She represented Monash University and New Zealand at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea, where she placed 8th in the women's triple jump with a jump of 13.15m's.

Nneka is the current New Zealand Women's National Triple Jump Record Holder. As well as the reigning Victorian, New Zealand and Australian Athletics Triple Jump Gold Medallist.
This year she was also named Essendon Athletics Club Athlete of the Year.

After starting athletics at the age of 6 and specialising in Triple Jump at 15, Nneka's current ambitions are to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

She is definitely making her mark on the triple jump circuit and we are all very proud of her achievements. Congratulations Nneka.

Monash University's Male Athlete of the Year for 2015

Monash University's 2015 Male Athlete of the Year is Thomas Sinclair!

Tom represented Australia at the World Indoor Hockey Championships held this year in Germany. As one of the youngest players in the Australian team, Tom finished the World Cup as one of its most valuable.

At a club level, Tom played in the Bundesliga for Berliner HC while he was on a direct exchange with Monash Abroad to Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin.

This year Tom represented Monash University at the Varsity Challenge, the Southern University Games and the Australian University Games, where the Men's Hockey Team won Gold Medals at all three tournaments. Tom received Green and Gold honours at AUG for the third consecutive year, he also scored all of the goals in the final.

Tom has also given back to the sport as the coach of the First Team at Scotch College and the Victorian Under 18 Girls Indoor team this year.

Tom encapsulates the Monash spirit and we congratulate him on his many successes this year.

2015 AUG Men's Hockey Green and Gold Medallist's:
L-R Callum Fraser, Tom Sinclair, Jack Walker

The 2015 Blues Awardees

Blues Awards' are Monash University’s highest and most prestigious sporting awards. They are presented annually to Monash students who demonstrate outstanding sporting performance. This year marks the 51st year of celebrating sporting achievement at Monash University.

All Blue Awardees have represented Monash University in either Club or Inter varsity competitions throughout the last year. To be awarded a Full Blue an athlete has had to have had an exceptional year on the field for their selected sport. Half Blues recognise athletes who have had an outstanding year but have not quite reached the standards of the Full Blues. The Sport Awards are awarded to students who provide admirable service in a sporting capacity, in an executive or administrative capacity to a club or program for a period of three or more years.

The 2015 Full Blue Awardees are:
Nneka Okpala, Athletics
Michael Vassilopoulos, Athletics
Sophie Tarabolsi, Basketball
Brendon Maokhampiou, Futsal
Bronte Kerley, Hockey
Jacqueline Newton, Netball
Yi-Wei Baey, Squash
Darren Chan, Squash
Ben Schreiner, Swimming
Lingya Zhang, Table Tennis
Elliott Batiste, Ten Pin Bowling
Dominic O’Farrell, Volleyball

The 2015 Half Blue Awardees are:
Julian Eimutis, AFL
Dan Leane, Athletics
Toby O’Brien, Athletics
Jessica Au, Football
Louise McMullen, Football
Nikolas Bossinakis, Handball
Callum Fraser, Hockey
Amelia Hough, Hockey
Julie Tran, Kendo
Samantha McClelland, Lawn Bowls
Anneke Simmonds, Squash
Sachin Varadarajan, Cricket
Vincent Huynh, Taekwondo
Michael Luu, Taekwondo
Harry Jacobs-Lim, Tennis
Jack Duddy, Touch Rugby
Kah-Lipp Liew, Ultimate Frisbee
Gabrielle Seymour, Volleyball

The 2015 Sport Awardee is:
Charles Norbury, Hockey

Recognising the talent of Monash University

The 2015 TeamMONASH Awards recognized the outstanding contribution of student athletes and volunteers from the Monash community in sport and community service. In it's 52nd year, the TeamMONASH Awards honoured over 40 students whose extra curricular achievements showcased the contribution that the university makes to the global community.

The 2015 TeamMONASH Award Winners

Throughout the night 31 students athletes' achievements were recognized with Blues Awards. The Blues Awards are the University's highest sporting awards.
The prestigious Male and Female Athlete of the Year Award, was awarded respectively to Thomas Sinclair and Nneka Okpala.
Nneka receiving her award

Nneka represented Monash University at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea, where she placed 8th in the women's triple jump. She is the current New Zealand Women's Triple Jump National Record Holder, as well as the reigning Victorian, New Zealand and Australian Athletics Championships Triple Jump Gold Medalist. With her eyes set firmly on the 2016 Rio Olympics, we want to congratulate Nneka on her many achievements this year and wish her all the best during the next 6 months of Olympic qualification.  


Thomas receiving his award

Tom represented Australia at the World Indoor Hockey Championships held in Germany this year, before returning to represent Monash University at the Southern and Australian University Games where he helped the Men's Hockey team win Gold at both events. He also received Green and Gold honours at the Australian University Games for the third consecutive year. The Monash Community would like to congratulate Tom on his many successes this year.  

The Varsity Team of the Year was awarded to the Men's Hockey team. The 2015 Men's Hockey Team defeated Melbourne University at the Annual Varsity Games, before being crowned Champions of both the Southern University Games and the Australian University Games.
The Club of the Year award went to the Monash University Boardriders Club for the second consecutive year. With over 500 members, the camps and training sessions held by the club helped the Monash Women's Surfing team come second at the Australian University Championships this year. The Monash Boardriders Club also participated in the Australian Disabled Surfers Initiative this year helping people with physical and mental disabilities enjoy getting in the water and surfing their first waves.

Fiona Canny won The Monash University Oaktree Foundation Volunteer Recognition Award. As a recent graduate of Monash University and the Deputy CEO of the Oaktree Foundation, Fiona led the foundations End Poverty Campaign.

The Service to the Community Award was won by the President of the Monash University Outdoors Club, Stefan Smith. Stefan has been a clear catalyst in MUOC's metamorphosis over the last two years that has seen it improve its services to the Monash Community.

TeamMONASH Director Martin Doulton said of the event, "It is a great privilege for the University community to recognise the achievements of  our student sports stars, performers and volunteers during the TeamMONASH awards night. Each individual makes a great contribution to the success of the University across so many fields of extra curricular activity and celebrates the positive impact that Monash students make to the community in which they live, work, study and play."

The 2015 Chancellor's Cup Golf Day

Held on the 13th of November at the prestigious Sandhurst Golf Club, the 2015 Chancellors Cup Golf Day was one to remember. The occasionally windy but nonetheless lovely day provided great conditions for the competition.

The 2015 CCGD winners from Yamaha City - from L to R: Ashley Nugawela, Erin Geraghty, David Jones and Michael Pettingill 

The first year team from Yamaha City of David Jones, Erin Geraghty, Ashley Nugawela and Michael Pettingill set an exceptionally high standard this year. The team clinched the win on their final hole, after besting the second placed team and last years winners, Harris HMC, by one shot.

In it's 18th year, the popular event attracted 63 golfers from throughout the Monash University community.

TeamMONASH Programs Coordinator Simon Dart said the golf day was an outstanding success. The feedback from participants about the golf day itself as well as the opportunities it provided for networking was fantastic. The event raised funds for Monash University's Talented Student Support Program and it's affiliated sporting clubs.

Competitors also enjoyed novelty hole challenges, with Thomas Power Horan winning the Longest Drive on Hole 9 and Tony West on Hole 11. With Peter Mitchell, James Wu and Andrew Hamer taking out respective Nearest to Pin titles on Holes 3, 10, and 15. The Straightest Drive on Hole 17 was also achieved by Julian Guy.

Monash finished 3rd overall at the 2015 Australian University Games!

Monash University finished 3rd overall with a total medal tally of 5 Gold Medals, 9 Silver Medals and 7 Bronze Medals! Over half of our teams finished with a medal, and 27 of our 40 teams made it to the semi-finals of their sport. These amazing results capped off a fantastic week in the Gold Coast.

Monash University are now the reigning Australian Champions in Men's Hockey, Men's Taekwondo, Women's Taekwondo, Men's Tennis and Men's Squash.

2015 AUG Team Captains: Craig Dent and Amanda Fung

A huge thank you and congratulations must go to our team captains, Amanda Fung and Craig Dent. Amanda and Craig represented the 764 strong Monash cohort, speaking with passion and pride at functions and media events throughout the week. It was a pleasure to have Amanda and Craig as the face of Monash for the week. 
Men's Hockey Green & Gold recipients:
Callum Fraser, Tom Sinclair & Jack Walker

Monash also had 43 athletes selected to be members of the Green and Gold team at this years AUG. The Green and Gold awards are given to athletes for each sport who are chosen in the all-star team for the competition. The full list of Green and Gold medal recipients is here.

Worth special mention are our cheerleaders, who competed at the Australian University Games as well. However they competed in an individual sport Championship that was not counted toward the overall medal tally for AUG. Monash was crowned overall Cheerleading Champions and won this pennant.

To see more photographs from the week visit the TeamMONASH facebook page. 

TeamMONASH's Cycling Success

TeamMONASH has had an amazing year in Cycling at The Australian University Games (AUG).

Our 2015 team was made up of 10 cyclists who all traveled up to the Gold Coast with their bikes for a week of grueling competition.

The 2015 Monash AUG Cycling Team

Monash won a Silver Medal in the Men's Road Race, after first time AUG competitor Patrick Burt finished second overall in the 80km race. Patrick's result was incredible. For more about Patrick see his interview.

Patrick (left) receiving his Silver Medal

We had similarly amazing results at the Women's Pairs Time Trial, with our two teams coming Second and Third overall. The pair of Rebecca Beagley and Isabelle Claxton won the Silver Medal, and Freya Berenyi and Peta Faragher won the Bronze.

Beagley & Claxton (left) and Berenyi & Faragher (right)

Rebecca Beagley also finished strong in the Women's Road Race, coming 7th, and Freya Beagley finished 8th in the Women's Criterium. The pair of Patrick Burt and Matthew de Vroet came 5th in the Men's Pairs Time Trial as well.

Congratulations to our 10 cyclists who performed incredibly in the Queensland heat.

AUG Athlete Profile: Patrick Burt

Patrick Burt

SPORT: Cycling
FACULTY: Engineering
PROUDEST SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE: 2nd place at the 2014 u/19 Victorian Metro Road Championships was a bit of a break through result for me
AMBITIONS: My current racing goals are the Melbourne to Warrnambool Race in October and then the under 23 National Road Cycling Championships in January next year. I’m also aiming to get a place on a National Road Series team for 2016
HOW MANY AUG’S HAVE YOU COMPETED IN? 2015 will be my first AUG
WHEN DID YOU START COMPETING? I’ve been cycling competitively for about 3 years now and I rode recreationally for a couple of years before that
WHAT GOT YOU STARTED COMPETING? I competed in triathlons for a few years through my school’s sport program and I enjoyed it a lot but I found that I wasn’t a good enough runner and didn’t enjoy running enough to be really competitive so I started pursuing cycling more seriously and found I loved it.
FAVOURITE COURSE? There’s a race that does laps around the Phillip Island Moto GP circuit which I really like. It’s a reasonably tough course on a bike and the weather is usually quite windy and often wet so it makes for a tough but exciting race
UNDERDOG OR FAVOURITE? Underdog. I respond well to a challenge and where’s the challenge in people expecting you to win?
BEFORE A RACE I ALWAYS...I try not to have too many pre-race rituals or anything like that. There’s usually enough going on before the start of a race without complicating it more. I just try to relax and make sure I do my warm-up well and eat the right stuff and that my bike and equipment is set up and ready to go, that’ll usually keep me pretty busy.
FUN FACT: I have a weakness for Nutella and banana on toast

AUG Day 4 Highlights

The second last day of competition was a great one for Monash. With most of our teams involved in semi finals, we're looking on track to take home quite a few medals tomorrow.

Our Men's AFL team have had one of their best years in history at the AUGs. After coming 8th last year, the team won every one of their pool games to finish first in their section of the draw capping off their perfect start to the tournament. Their pool games included beating The University of New South Wales (UNSW) 104-1 and Melbourne University 21-10.

Our guys made it to the semi-finals and are playing off for the Bronze Medal tomorrow against RMIT. Good luck Boys!

Our Women's Badminton team won their semi-final today, beating Melbourne University 247-180. The girls are still undefeated for the whole tournament, and are looking forward to playing in the Gold Medal game tomorrow against Macquarie University. Having already played Macquarie in the pool stages earlier in the week and won 197-188, they are a very good chance to bring home the Gold.

Monash's Finals

We have 8 teams who have won their semi-finals and are competing tomorrow for Gold Medals: Women's Netball, Men's Hockey, Women's Badminton, Men's Futsal, Men's Squash, Women's Squash, Men's Tennis, and Men's Volleyball.

We have 12 teams who have played their semi-finals already and are competing tomorrow for Bronze Medals: Baseball, Mixed Netball, Men's AFL, Women's AFL, Men's Badminton, Men's Basketball, Women's Hockey, Men's Soccer, T20 Cricket, Ten Pin Bowling, Men's Beach Volleyball, and Women's Volleyball. 

We also have The Lawn Bowls team who still have to play their semi final tomorrow, however after only losing one game on the way to the semi-finals they are looking promising to make it to the Gold medal match later in the day.

With a minimum of 8 Gold Medals and 12 Bronze's Medals up for grabs for Monash teams tomorrow, we're in for an exciting day! Go TeamMONASH!

AUG Day 3 Wednesday Wrap Up

The storms that plagued yesterday's games had thankfully moved on for today's play, and the normal Gold Coast sunshine returned. Our 37 teams competed across the Gold Coast, here are some highlights:

Monash University today became the overall 2015 Cheerleading Champions! In its first year as an AUG sport, our cheerleading team was made up of 91 athletes who competed in 6 individual teams. After competing over the last two days, our combined medal tally crowned us overall champions.

In the individual team competitions Monash came first in the 1/2 All Girls Cheer, the 3/4 Coed Cheer, the Hip Hop, and the Pom Duo (Julia Colman & Melis Rutherford).

Monash University's Cheerleading Champions

Our Men's Tennis team also had an extraordinary day. The team ended the day having won every one of their five games. Their convincing win today has secured them the top spot in their pool, and entrance into the Semi Finals tomorrow.

The Monash University Men's Tennis Team

The Women's Softball team won both of their matches today, beating Bond University 7-2 this morning and Melbourne University 18-7 this afternoon. With two pool games remaining tomorrow, they are still a chance for finals on Friday.

Monash University are Cheerleading Champions!

Monash University was crowned overall Cheerleading Champions today at the Australian University Games (AUG) in the Gold Coast!

In it's first year as an Australian University Championships competition, our Cheerleading team was made up of 91 cheerleaders across 6 different teams. After competing in the 6 events over two days, our combined medals crowned us overall champions. 

Our individual team's results were:

First in the 1/2 All Girl Cheer
First in the 3/4 Coed Cheer
First in the Hip Hop
First in the Pom Duo (Julia Colman & Melis Rutherford)
Third in Jazz
Fourth in 1/2 Coed Cheer

AUG Day 2 Wrap Up

TeamMONASH had a great day of competition today.

Monash has two more gold medals! After a very successful two days on the athletics track, we’re currently sitting in third place overall in the Men’s Athletics competition. Daniel Leane’s gold medal in the Men’s Pole Vault was a standout. Daniel vaulted 4.30m’s which was 15cm’s higher than his closest competitor. Our second gold medal in Athletics came from Toby O’Brien who won the Men’s 3000 Metre Steeplechase with a time of 9.33.59. 

Equally as exciting were the Monash Men’s Table Tennis team who broke a 4 year losing streak to Melbourne University today, with their hard fought 8-3 win over our fellow Victorian rivals.

Men's Table Tennis Team

Our women’s Squash team continued their winning streak for the week, with two 4-0 wins against Melbourne University and The University of Western Australia today. Now in the first position in the competition, they are in pole position to win the Gold Medal come Friday.   

Men’s Soccer had an exciting 1-1 draw with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), after having an early lead. UTS were last year’s champions so the draw well and truly cements the team’s position at the top.

Unfortunately storms throughout the Gold Coast called a halt to most of the afternoon competitions today, with a lot of our team’s games being cancelled or called off due to the weather. 

AUG Day 1 Wrap

TeamMONASH began their hunt for the AUG championship today with fantastic results. Our students from over 35 sports competed across the Gold Coast in their varying arenas.

Our T20 Cricket team are currently at the top of their pool after beating Curtin University (CU) today. The boys managed to run CU out for 66 runs after only 15 overs, and then managed to chase that total down in their first 5 overs batting. Their convincing win not only earned them the regulation 3 points, but also two bonus points for running out their opponents before their allotted 20 overs.

Our women's netball team had a similarly convincing win, beating the University of Notre Dame (UNDA) 120-1. A stunning result. The  team is well on the way to repeating their Gold Medal winning performance from last year. 

After winning Silver overall for the last two years, the Ten Pin Bowling team is determined to fight for gold this year. They got off to a great start this year after besting their two opponents, Adelaide University (AU) and The University of Wollongong (UOW), 3-0 each today.

Our volleyball teams also performed exceptionally today, with the Men's Volleyball, Women's Volleyball, Mixed Beach Volleyball and Men's Beach Volleyball winning every one of their combined 9 games.

We have our first Gold Medal of the games! Monash are Taekwondo Champions!

Monash University are the Taekwondo Champions of Australia! 

Monash student Sean Glass (in blue) winning his black belt bout 20-0
The Taekwondo event took place over the Saturday and Sunday before the main week of the Australian University Games. After competing fiercely over the two days, our 37 Taekwondo athletes managed to secure the sport's overall Gold Medal.

With 18 Golds, 16 Silvers and 8 Bronze Medals in total, our taekwondo athletes dominated the competition. This spectacular medal tally meant that we secured enough points to be crowned the overall Gold Medalists for the sport.

Worth a special mention are the three athletes from Monash who were selected to be members of the Green and Gold team for the whole competition; Madeleine Henry, Karmen Lam and Michael Luu.

Michael Luu gathered a medal in every event, with 2 Golds, a Silver and a Bronze. Similarly impressive was Danae Smith who won the Gold Medal in each of her three events.

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