UQ Blues Awards

The Blues Awards have a long tradition at UQ Sport and The University of Queensland. Over the years, Blues have been awarded to sportsmen and sportswomen in recognition of their outstanding sporting achievements and for enhancing the reputation of university sport. To be awarded a University Blue is held in high esteem and is one of the highest accolades a university athlete can receive.

2017 UQ Blues Awards Dinner

The 2017 UQ Blues Awards Dinner was held on 3 November, 2017 at Customs House. Former ABC Grandstand commentator Gerry Collins hosted the event, with WBO Welterweight boxing champion Jeff Horn as the evening’s guest speaker.

Check out our 2017 awardees.

2018 UQ Blues Awards Nominations

Nominations for next year’s Blues Awards will open early September 2018.

Event History

In June 1827 Charles Wordsworth of Christ Church College Oxford arranged a two-day cricket match between Oxford and Cambridge at Lords, and thus began the varsity match tradition.

The first boat race between the two universities was in 1829. The second boat race was in 1836 and was from Westminster Bridge upstream to Putney Bridge in London. It was in this race that one of the Cambridge oarsmen tied a light blue ribbon to the bows of the Cambridge boat (the colours of his school, Eton College). It has since become a tradition for Blues to be awarded for outstanding achievement in university sport, a tradition adopted by English speaking universities in many parts of the world.

Blues have been awarded at The University of Queensland since 1912, when one each was awarded in the sports of rugby, tennis and athletics. Blues are awarded for outstanding performances in club fixtures, representative games, and inter-university competitions. In recent years UQ Sport through its Blues Advisory Committee, has developed a selection method and criteria to ensure that Blues and Half-Blues at the university are of the highest standard. Each year these awards are presented at the UQ Sport Blues Awards Dinner.

Keeping the Traditional Alive

UQ Sport is committed to maintaining contact with sporting alumni and those that have made university sport a success.

Blues recipients are encouraged to provide their latest information and contact details. To do so please complete the electronic form found HERE.

In addition to keeping in touch, we want to hear from people who are able to contribute and provide information on current and former students who have received a Blues Award. UQ Sport is interested in photographs, copies of certificates or medals and biographies, in fact everything that keeps the memories alive. If you have something you would like to contribute and/or donate, please get in touch with us.


Phone: (07) 3365 6612
Email: blues@uqsport.com.au