The annual UWA Sports Awards took place last Saturday 2 December at the University Club of Western Australia.
The night of celebration was presented by UWA alumni and exercise physiologist graduate Dr Katherine Iscoe, and saw attendance from student athletes, alumni, club presidents, members of the UWA Sports Council, and the wider UWA Sport Family.
The Club Service Award went to Jayden Kennedy (UWA Cricket Club), Max Qua (UWA Ultimate Club) and Manu Nair (UWA Volleyball Club, not in attendance). Club Letters were also awarded to athletes including Emily Smith, Tansi Price (both UWA Cricket Club), Lyndsay Pekin and Alain Dutton (both UWA Athletics Club).
Special guests for the night included the panel of athletes, moderated by West Coast Fever star Nat Medhurst. UWA-West Coast stars and Rio Olympians Brianna Throssell, Blair Evans and Tamsin Cook provided entertainment with their insights into the world of contemporary athletes. The three swimmers were also awarded Club Letters.
Other special guests included Chair of the UWA Sport Advisory Council Ross Kelly, current UWA Sports Council President Alexander Robinson, incoming President Desiree Tan and UWA Director of Student Life Chris Massey.
Inter-College and Inter-Faculty competitors were also honoured during the night. St Catherine’s College were in top form this year, and took out the Spirit Shield, Nicholson Cup (Men) WICSA Cup (Women) and Overall Champions.
There was similar dominance in the Inter-Faculty Competition as the Western Australian Medical Students Society (WAMSS) won both the Strickland Cup (Women) and Champion Faculty, while the Physical Education Students Association (PESA) won the Goyder Cup (Men).
The Coach of the Year Award was presented to Lyn Foreman of UWA Athletics Club, and the Club of the Year was awarded to UWA Hockey Club following an another strong season across multiple divisions.
The final award of the evening was the coveted UWA Sport Star of the Year and it was presented by UWA Convocation Council Member Nee Nee Ong to water polo player Andrew Ford from UWA City Beach.
The UWA student has enjoyed a standout year. The UWA Torpedos placed fourth in the National Water Polo League, before he was selected as a member of the Aussie Sharks squad (Men's National Team) that competed at the FINA World League Intercontinental Tournament.
The Sharks won the intercontinental tournament, and progressed to the World League Super Final where they placed seventh. Andrew also represented Australia at the 2017 FINA World Championships, where Australia again finished seventh.
Andrew is currently completing a Bachelor of Engineering Science and Economics at UWA where he is in his fifth year of study.
Congratulations to all who won awards on the night and thank you to everyone who attended.
Graduate Officer, UWA Sport Marketng, Communication and Events