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

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