Sports Awards 2018

Published 16 November 2018

Celebrating sport at the University of Tasmania

On Wednesday evening we celebrated the contributions to sport that have been made at the University over the past 12 months. Special guest on the evening was Cameron Wurf. Cameron is a former Olympian (rowing), professional cyclist, current triathlete but most importantly, a former UTAS student and sports scholarship recipient!

 See below for a full rundown of the award winners on the night.


  • Sasha Moloney – Full Blue for Cricket – Sasha gained selection in the Tasmanian Tigers and the Hobart Hurricanes.
  • Sarah Ashlin – Full Blue for Rowing – Sarah won silver in the Women’s Double in the A Final at the Nationals Div 1.
  • Amy Bain – Full Blue for Rowing – Amy won silver in the Women’s Double scull in the A Final at the Nationals Div 1 and is the State Champion in the Women’s Under 19 coxless pair.
  • Aviva Samuelson – Full Blue for Aikido – Aviva is of 1st Kyu rank. She is  also Vice President of both the Aikido club and the TUU Sports Council.
  • Yasin Mohammed – Half Blue for Futsal – Yasin Mohammed won gold in the Men’s Futsal team at the Nationals Div 2 and was the top scorer.
  • Noah van de Werken – Half Blue for Cricket – Noah gained selection in the Tasmanian Under 19 side and aggregated 439 First Grade runs in the 2017/18 season.
  • Nicholas Graver – Half Blue for Athletics – Nicholas competed at the Nationals Div 1 and he placed third in the Tasmanian Open Championships in the 200m.
  • Emily Canham – Half Blue for Athletics – Emily competed at the Nationals Div 1 where she won gold in the hammer and silver in javelin.
  • Thomas Wilson – Half Blue for Athletics – Thomas placed 6th in Cross Country at the Nationals Div 2. Thomas was a member of the UTAS Open Men’s Relay team for the State Cross Country Championships, winning gold for the third consecutive year.
  • Joseph Wilson – Half Blue for Rowing – Joseph won bronze in the Men’s Double scull in the A Final at the Nationals Div 1.
  • Jack Barrett – Half Blue for Rowing – Jack won bronze in the Men’s Double scull in the A Final at the Nationals Div 1.
  • Jock Mure – Half Blue for Rowing – Jock won bronze in the Men’s Lightweight Coxless Four in the A Final at the Nationals Div 1.
  • Jacob Crow – Half Blue for Rowing – Jacob won bronze in the Men’s Lightweight Coxless Four in the A Final at the Nationals Div 1.
  • Connor Ryan – Half Blue for Rowing – At the Nationals Div 1 A Final, Connor won bronze in both the Men’s Lightweight single & Men’s Lightweight Coxless Four.


Sports Council Awards are awarded to an individual who has rendered exceptional service in both a sporting and executive, or administrative capacity to an affiliated club, for a period of three years or more.

  • Viknamamitran Magarajah – Tasmania University Futsal Club
  • Job Carr-Turbitt – Tasmania University Futsal Club



Sports Clubs play a vital role in campus life, offering a place for our students, staff, alumni and community members to come together and play the sports they enjoy at every level from beginners through to highly competitive elite levels. There are 40 active University clubs around the state offering mainstream sports like cricket, football and athletics to less conventional sports including bike polo, fencing and kendo. The Sports Club of the Year award is to recognise an outstanding club that has made an exceptional positive contribution to campus life.

This year the winner of the Club of the Year is awarded to the Tasmania University Cricket Club.

As well as providing a welcoming and fun environment for all UTAS students, the club has a strong commitment to developing elite cricket players to represent Tasmania and Australia.  The club engages with local schools by running school clinics and umpiring high schools roster, entry level cricket programs. The club shows impressive membership growth, particularly in their student and junior ranks – with 242 members. The Cricket Club strives for excellence by investing in players, coaches and administrators to perform at a high level and have developed strong and sustainable management through their committee and Cricket Operations team. The Cricket Club has an excellent public presence both within the University and externally via local and national television, radio and newspaper coverage as well social media. The committee also acknowledged the achievements and progress of the Tasmania University Futsal Club this year.


Special mention was given to the Vice Chancellor’s Challenge and Rugby 7’s as well as the University’s best ever performance at the University Sport Nationals in Div 1, Div 2, Indigenous and other standalone competitions. The Vice Chancellor’s Challenge kicked off the rowing season in the prestigious ‘North v South’ competition. In 2018 the Tasmanian University Boat Club expanded to have a second club based out of Launceston as part of the greater expansion of sport in the north. In an atmosphere of friendly rivalry, it was the northern crews who proved to be too strong, claiming the honours in both the men’s and women’s races.

The women’s Rugby 7s team competed against 9 other Universities around Australia in the Aon Uni 7s competition for a second year running. This competition is a pathway for student athletes to be selected into the ARU’s national development program, with many Australian representatives playing for their universities. Despite Tasmania not being known as a rugby state, the University of Tasmania remained competitive in all five tournaments held over two months, finishing equal 7th out of the 10 competing Universities.

The newly formatted Unisport Nationals (formerly Uni Games) opens up the all regions of Australia allowing all 43 member universities to compete against each other in a number of national standard competitions, including the two flagship events: Nationals Div1 and 2, as well as a number of standalone competitions throughout the year.

The University of Tasmania entered 52 students across 6 teams into the Div 2 competition, held on the Gold Coast in July in the sports of futsal, mixed netball, volleyball and badminton.

After years of coming second, the men’s futsal team (and crowd favourite) won gold after going through the tournament undefeated! They are now elevated to Div 1 in 2019 and are a strong chance of bringing home more medals! The Women’s futsal team were also a force to be reckoned and despite narrowly missing out on a medal, proved UTAS has a very strong and promising futsal program with a bright future.

The men’s badminton team competed extremely well against tough competition to finish with the bronze medal in their tournament. A special mention must be given to Venon Hong Khai Liong, a current UTAS elite athlete in badminton who managed to defeat recent commonwealth games representatives throughout the tournament.

Other honourable mention must go to the men’s and women’s volleyball team who narrowly missed out on a medal, and the mixed netball team who came together as an extension from the social sport roster in Launceston.

For the third year in a row, a team of Indigenous students supported by Riawunna represented our University at the Indigenous Nationals. Twelve students competed in four sports against students from 28 universities throughout Australia. They competed as a team in 4 different sports across the 4-day event and represented both themselves and the university with pride, improving on their overall standing of second last in 2017, to 13th overall in 2018.

Following on from the Indigenous games was Nationals Div 1. This year, the University of Tasmania entered 36 athletes into the competition (nearly double the number of 2017) in the sports of Athletics, Swimming, Table Tennis, Sailing, Cycling and Rowing. Our medal haul of 3 Gold and 2 Silver and 5 bronze resulted in our most successful result in our universities history of participation at this competition.

The men’s swimmers finished overall 13th place including a bronze medal to Jack Evans in the 200m breaststroke.

The  sailing squad, which included elite athletes Simone Wood and Thomas Quigley, narrowly missed out on a podium finish but came home strong to finish 5th overall

Three athletics stars finished 13th Member of the UTAS Athletics Club Emily Canham won silver in Javelin and Gold in the Hammer event. Matt Hosie who is a current EA won gold in pole vault and bronze in long jump.

If there was an award for team spirit, it would go to the table tennis team who competed well all week to finish in 9th place overall.

Lastly, the mighty rowing team who seem to go from strength to strength did what they do best in what was arguably one of the toughest competitions at Nationals. Of the 16 finals at the regatta, UTAS crews made 13 finals to come home with one gold, one silver and three bronze medals! The UTAS men’s crew finished 3rd overall and the women’s team in a very respectable 8th. Special mention must go to current elite athlete Wilson Muir who for a second year in a row, was crowned national Div 1 Champion for the Men’s single scull.

Throughout the year, many of our students competed in individual national events which often go unnoticed, but still attract the best competition nationwide.

Congratulations go to long distance runner and recipient of last year’s major sporting scholarship Meriem Daoui, who won overall gold at nationals based on her performance at the Gold Coast Marathon earlier in the year.

Another individual National gold medal was awarded to UTAS student Joseph Dickenson in the sport of orienteering.

And finally, UTAS will be sending a men’s cricket team for the first time to the T20 Nationals competition next week, captained by in-form opener Noah Van der Werken. We wish them all the best and hopefully they can add to our growing trophy cabinet.

Well done to all athletes who competed in Nationals!



The University of Tasmania is recognised as an Elite Athlete Friendly University and continues to offer Sports Scholarships to support our Elite Athletes while studying. These Sports Scholarships were introduced in 1992 to help outstanding University of Tasmania student athletes achieve their sporting and academic goals and are jointly sponsored by the University of Tasmania and the Tasmania University Union. In 2018 the Sports Scholarships transformed into three Elite Sports Scholarships – one for a Tasmanian student, one for a student from interstate, and one for a student who identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, and are valued at $7,500 each. They are available to both commencing and current students who excel in sport and are undertaking any undergraduate or postgraduate degree course in Semester 1. On average around 100 applications are received each year. The 2018 Tasmania University Elite Sports Scholarship recipients are

Thomas Quigley – Pursuing a Bachelor of Engineering (Specialisation) Honours, Thomas placed 10th at the Nationals and 8th at the International World Championship, where he was the youngest sailor to compete in this class. He was also winner of the 2017-2018 NSW sailing championship, and as part of the University Sailing team, Tom finished 5th overall at the Nationals Div 1 this year. Congratulations Tom Quigley. Unfortunately, Tom is unable to be with us tonight to accept his award.    

Meriem Daoui – Studying a Bachelor of Nursing, Meriem was the State champion for Cross Country in the 10,000m, 5000m and 3000m track events. Nationally she placed third in the U20 Australian Cross Country Championships and second in the Moroccan Cross Country Championships. She placed first in the 11K City to Casino fun run and was the first Tasmanian in the Launceston 10k road race as well as coming first in the Glenorchy 10k fun run. She won the 2017 Point to Pinnacle Women’s race and countless other events in 2018.


The Sports Person of the Year Award is the highest recognition of excellence within university sport at the University of Tasmania.

The winner receives a $1,000.00 cheque, a 12 month Unigym membership, a representation polo top and also has his or her name engraved on the trophy which is located here on the table next to the podium. Over the years some of the most famous Tasmanian athletes have been recipients of this award.  Past recipients include Simon Hollingsworth, Scott Brennan, Kerry Hore, Kate Hornsey, Hanny Allston, Stephanie Grant, Alister Foot, James Hodge, Hamish Peacock, George Bailey and Alex Lack. This year there were 5 nominations for this award:

Huw Peacock  – Athletics – Hammer Throw

Ciona Wilson – Rowing

William (Wilson) Mure – Rowing

Noah van de Werken – Cricket

Demelza Wall – Canoe Slalom

The committee would like to acknowledge the extremely high standard of all applications this year and the achievements of all the nominees.

The winner of the 2018 Commonwealth Banking Corporation/ University of Tasmania Sports Person of the Year is: 


Huw’s performances in the past 12 months have included:

  • Commonwealth Games selection, where he placed 11th in the hammer throw
  • Nationally he had a 15 all time performance by an Australian -with a 68.48m throw
  • Huw is the State champion for the 8th time and a club record holder in hammer throw, shot put and discus.
  • He is a member of the University of Tasmania Athletics Club and is coached by his Dad, Evan Peacock.

Congratulations to all the winners on the night and to all the athletes within our affiliated Sports Clubs for another successful year.


Photography by Teng Keng Hoo