Congratulations to Deakin’s 2022 Sport Awards winners
The 2022 Deakin Sport Awards were held on Tuesday 29 November 2022 at Deakin Downtown. As we celebrated the achievements of our elite-athlete students throughout the year, the evening was focused on acknowledging the admirable energy, teamwork and dedication our athletes brought to their chosen sports, particularly following two years of Covid disruptions to many competitions.
This year, we’ve seen many outstanding performances from our students within the Elite Athlete Program.
A highlight of the night was Paralympian Alexandra Viney winning both a Sportsperson of the Year award and the Community Spirit award for her series of amazing rowing achievements and advocacy work in 2022.
We also congratulated our 12 elite-athlete students who represented Australia at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham across a range of sports including Athletics, 3×3 Basketball, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics, Netball and Swimming. Three elite-athlete students also represented their home country at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, and a further two current elite-athlete students represented Australia at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
The Deakin Dragons had another strong year in the UniSport Australia Nationals, celebrating one pennant, one second place and one third place to finish 15th overall out of 43 competing universities. The Deakin e-Sports Team claimed the National Pennant and exceptional individual results included four gold medals, eight silver medals and five bronze medals for Athletics, Fencing, Swimming and Taekwondo. There were also Deakin teams at most University Championships including 3×3 Basketball, Athletics, snow sports, T20 Cricket, Distance Running and Indigenous Nationals.
Congratulations to all of our 2022 winners!
Deakin Sport Awards
- Sportperson of the Year – Female: Kate McDonald (Gymnastics)
- Sportperson of the Year – Male: Bowen Gough (Swimming)
- Sportperson of the Year – Disability: Alexandra Viney (Rowing)
- Sportperson of the Year – Indigenous: Jack Sampi (AFL)
- Performer of the Year: Dimity Azoury (Ballet)
- Alumni of the Year: Brooke Buschkuehl (Athletics)
- Elite Athlete Rising Star: Will Ashcroft (AFL)
- Community Spirit: Alexandra Viney (Rowing)
- Emerging Sport Leader: Josh Stow (Netball)
Deakin Full Blue Awards
National Team Representation
Shimona Nelson (Netball)
Abbey Caldwell (Athletics)
Emily Whitehead (Gymnastics)
Alyssa Polites (Cycling)
Natalie Rule (Athletics)
Kristy Harris (Boxing)
Jo Harten (Netball)
Marena Whittle (Basketball)
Thiruben S/O Thana Rajan (Athletics)
UniSport Half Blue Awards
Uni Nationals Representation
Maaike Vrij (Swimming)
Jack Gurrie (Swimming)
Jasmine Choundary (Taekwondo)
Tayah O’Dell (Swimming)
Melissa Sharp (Swimming)
Megan Elias (Taekwondo)
Isaac Hayes (Fencing)
Matthew Gough (Athletics)
Oliver Blackburn (Athletics)
Outstanding Performance by a Sports Team: Deakin League of Legends team – UniSport National Champions.
Spirit of the Uni Nationals Award: Rachel Limburg (Athletics), Hannah Bahn (Softball) and Emilia Miller-Wilson (Australian Rules).
See some of the action from the night below!