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Five UQ student athletes have been awarded a UQ Blue – The University of Queensland’s highest sporting honour at the 2016 UQ Blues Awards Dinner, with a further 19 athletes receiving Half-Blue honours.

UQ has distributed over 2,300 Blue and Half Blue Awards since 1912

UQ Sport chief executive Bryan Pryde said the Blues awardees would join an exclusive sporting community, which included many of Australia’s sporting greats.

 “Since 1912, UQ Blues have been awarded to UQ athletes who have achieved exceptional sporting success at a national or international level,” Mr Pryde said.

 “The UQ Blues are a time-honoured tradition, and over the past century have included some of the world’s finest sportsmen and women including the likes of Susie O’Neill, Kieren Perkins and Stephen Moore.”

The event was held at Customs House and was hosted by ABC Grandstand commentator Gerry Collins, and attended by two-time Olympian and gold medallist Dr David Theile AO, and Rio Olympian and bronze medallist Dane Bird-Smith, who served as guest speakers.

The five 2016 UQ Blue winners are:

Bradley Mark for his achievements in shooting. The two-time Paralympian and PhD student competed in both the 10m Air Rifle Standing and 10m Air Rifle Prone (SH2) events at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, achieving a best result of 12th in the Standing competition.

Angus Scott-Young for his accomplishments in rugby union. The commerce and pre-medicine student represented Australia in the Under 20’s team and currently holds a contract with the Queensland RedsDevelopment Squad.

Tallisha Harden for her accomplishments in rugby league. The speech pathology student gained selection in both the Australian Jillaroos Women’s Rugby League Squad, and the 2016 NRL Indigenous All Stars team where she was also named as captain.

Jacinta Carroll for the sport of water skiing. The physiotherapy student received a UQ Blue. She won gold at World Championship level in the Women’s Jump event, and set new course records at the US Masters, the Vladimir Filin Memorial World Cup and the Malibu Open.

Caitlin Cronin for her success in rowing. The engineering student won silver at the Australian National Championships Interstate Regatta Queens Cup, and gold in the Under 23 Women’s Quad.

Nineteen Half-Blues were awarded to athletes for their exceptional performances at either a state or university-level, with table tennis, fencing, powerlifting and archery among the variety of sports represented.

UQ Half Blue Awardees

Marioulla Belessis, Rugby Sevens, Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Nicholas Buckley, Sailing, Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Law (Honours)

Bram Chapman, Rowing, Bachelor of Architectural Design

Ching Chong, Table Tennis, Bachelor of Economics

Jeremy Crighton, Indoor Cricket, Bachelor of Arts

Lachlan Crook, Fencing, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

Gabrielle Dale, Archery, Bachelor of Arts

Kelly Drenth, Rowing, Bachelor of Architectural Design

Brandon Herrigan, Athletics, Bachelor of Regional & Town Planning

Harry Hockings, Rugby Union, Bachelor of Commerce

Bronte Jackson, Fencing, Bachelor of Arts

Liam Jurd, Rugby Union, Bachelor of Business Management

Harrison Lamb, Sailing, Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours)

Rex Parsons, Powerlifting, Bachelor of Science

Philippus Potgieter, Rugby Union, Bachelor of Exercise & Sports Science (Honours)

Georgina Rackermann, Rugby Sevens, Bachelor of Health, Sport & Physical Education

Kate Rowan, Rowing, Bachelor of Engineering

Clara Smith, Athletics, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours

Erin Smith, Rowing, Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Economics

Media: Ashley Hanger, UQ Sport Marketing Assistant, AshleyH@uqsport.com.au, +61 7 3365 6046, 0423 077 325.

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