Sport has always been at the heart of Deakin, and is one of our greatest strengths.
The 2019 Deakin Sport Awards were held on Wednesday 30 October 2019 at Deakin Downtown. The night focused not only on celebrating the achievements of our student athletes, but also recognised their admirable energy, teamwork and dedication to their chosen sports.
‘I extend my congratulation to all the award winners who are role models for so many people in the community,’ said Deakin Vice-Chancellor Iain Martin, who was in attendance at the awards.
‘They have the great gift of being talented at sport, and they also have the gift of an education.’
This year, we’ve seen many outstanding performances from our students within the Elite Athlete Program.
A highlight of the night was Liz Watson winning Female Sportsperson of the Year. What an amazing year for Liz, culminating in the Australian Diamonds securing the Constellation Cup series win after defeating the New Zealand Silver Ferns 53–46 in front of a record-breaking crowd in Perth.
In July, five students represented Deakin and Australia at the World University Games in Basketball, Swimming, Table Tennis and Athletics in Naples, Italy.
The Deakin Dragons had a spectacular year at the 2019 UniSport Australia Nationals Div 1 event, held from 29 September to 4 October on the Gold Coast, with the Open Lawn Bowls and Women’s Softball teams each claiming victories and the title of UniSport National Champions in their respective Gold Medal matches.
The Women’s AFL and Mixed Ultimate Frisbee teams each delivered strong performances to reach their respective Gold Medal matches, ultimately bringing home Silver Medals for their efforts.
Deakin’s Cheerleading teams dominated the competition at this year’s UniSport Nationals Div 1 event, tallying an impressive three Gold wins. Congratulations to the Deakin Devils Geelong for winning the Level 1/2 Co-Ed Cheer Category along with Deakin Gravity and Deakin Hydra from Burwood for wins in their respective Dance categories!
Also this year, at the Indigenous Nationals, the Dragons finished 21st overall among formidable opponents and were awarded the Spirit of the Games trophy. The UniSport Athletics Championships was hosted in April as a standalone event, and the Dragons fought hard to bring home several medals. The multi-talented Rachel Limburg claimed Gold in the Women’s Shot Put and Silver in the Women’s Triple Jump, Harrison Roubin won Silver in the Men’s 400m Hurdles, and Dulan Tennakoon was awarded Bronze in the Men’s Long Jump. Tayla Eckley claimed Gold at the Taekwondo Championships, an immense achievement as Deakin’s sole representative at the event.
Congratulations to all of our 2019 winners!
DEAKIN SPORT AWARDS
Sportperson of the Year – Female: Liz Watson
Sportperson of the Year – Male: Matthew Ramsden
Elite Athlete Rising Star: Kate McDonald
Sportperson of the Year – Disability: Alexandra Viney
Sportperson of the Year – Indigenous: Ben Williams
Emerging Sports Leader: Ben Hall
DEAKIN FULL BLUE AWARDS
National Team Representation
Rowing: Lucy Stephan
Bobsleigh: Breanna Walker
Canoeing: Kate Eckhardt
Gymnastics: Olivia Feaver, Kate McDonald
Snowboarding: Belle Brockhoff, Millie Bongiorno
Volleyball: Jaimee-Lee Morrow
Rowing: Alexandra Viney
Netball: Liz Watson
Athletics: Matthew Ramsden
World University Championships
Basketball: Eziyoda Magbegor
Swimming: Sophie Caldwell, Bowen Gough
Table Tennis: Maddy Goodsell
Athletics: Nana Owusu-Afriyie
UNISPORT HALF BLUE AWARDS
Uni Nationals Representation
Lawn Bowls: Glen Sodaitis
Taekwondo: Tayla Eckley
Softball: Hannah Bahn
Athletics: Harrison Roubin, Dulan Tennakoon
Shot Put, Triple Jump: Rachel Limburg
Outstanding Performance by a Sports Team: Women’s Softball Team – Gold Medallists and UniSport National Champions, and Open Lawn Bowls Team – Gold Medallists and UniSport National Champions
Spirit of the Uni Nationals Award: Emma Morrow, Softball