Communications received a number of emails this week from young people with disabilities who were inspired by the story of Eleanor Hurton, reported in The Star newspaper recently.
Communications put Star reporter Jess Gibson in touch with Eleanor because she’d won two Blues awards and seemed an ideal fit for the newspaper’s new ‘Young & Successful’ column.
Eleanor is an amazing disability advocate as well as a Master’s of Sociology student who has an auditory processing disability herself.
The young people who emailed us had disabilities themselves or were looking for more information for siblings with disabilities. Many of them had been told they wouldn’t succeed at university – even those at the top of their class! – due to their disabilities. They had never seen a positive representation of someone ‘like them’ and were so excited and inspired that is was quite humbling. Many of our email writers are now applying to UC!
Communications replied to the emails and shared our equity and disability webpage links for further information. Eleanor is already part of the UCMe campaign launching at the start of 2020, so that also is very inspiring for young people with disabilities.
Takeaways from this experience:
One news story can make a huge difference to someone’s life.
Young people with disabilities don’t often see successful examples of people like them.
There may be some misinformation out there about who can succeed at university.
It has been a 106 years since the first UC Blues Awards, and last week the ceremony was back for 2019. The awards are one of the most prestigious events on the university calendar.
This year, Blues was staged in the new UCSA building, Haere-roa. 65 awards were presented. Congratulations to all winners and nominees!
2019 Blues Awards winners
- Polly Hoskins – Outstanding Contribution to University Arts
- Thomas Bedggood – Outstanding Achievement in the Arts
- Amelia Dewhurst and Rose Bayldon – Outstanding Contribution to Sustainability
- Eleanor Hurton – Outstanding Contribution to Equity and Diversity
- Tamahou Thoms – Waewae Kai Pakiaka: Outstanding Contribution to the Māori Community
- Bariz Shah and Eleanor Hurton – Outstanding Achievement in Community Engagement
- George Haswell – Official of the Year
- Piet Van Hasselt – Coach of the Year
- UC Men’s Premier Basketball Team – Team of the Year
- Piet Van Hasselt – Outstanding Contribution to University Sport
- Braydon Ennor – Sportsperson of the Year
- Amelia Dewhurst
- Bariz Shah
- Eleanor Hurton
- Freya Farrar
- George Stilwell
- Hinerangi Curtis
- Josephine Varghese
- Paige Sullivan
- Rose Bayldon
- Sam Walker
- Tamahou Thoms
- Baily Lelieveld – Music
- Chas Wakefield – Music
- Jack Nolan – Music
- Kevin Fernando – Music
- Polly Hoskins – Literature
- Thomas Bedggood – Music
- Wenting Yang – Music
- Adam Hillis – Hockey
- Anna Perry – Athletics
- Braydon Ennor – Rugby
- Britneylee Nicholson – Football and Futsal
- Bronwyn Dibb – Trampoline
- Edmund Fordyce – Croquet
- Ella Ferguson – Volleyball
- Grace Brooker – Rugby
- Hayley Cox – Hockey
- Henry Wills – Rowing
- Jade Bowen – Touch Rugby and Rugby Sevens
- Jessie Hansen – Rugby
- Josie Dixon – Handball
- Julia Harrison – Archery
- Lily Marshall – Netball
- Lucy Jenkins – Rugby
- Luke Mercieca – Athletics
- Madeleine Story – Hockey
- Margot Willis – Hockey
- Max Atwell – Athletics
- Quinton Hurley – Swimming
- Rebecca Lake –Football and Futsal
- Una Foyle – Football
- Will Jordan – Rugby
- Ultimate Players:
- Caitlin Wood – Ultimate Frisbee
- Kimberley Fuller – Ultimate Frisbee
- Mike Muldrew – Ultimate Frisbee
- Paige Hansen – Ultimate Frisbee
- Te Atawhai Maginness – Ultimate Frisbee
- Yani Nicholson – Ultimate Frisbee
Sport Recognition Awards
- UC Men’s Falcons Hockey Team – UTSNZ Hockey Champions
- UC Men’s Falcons Volleyball Team – UTSNZ Hockey Champions
- UC Men’s Premier Basketball Team – Christchurch Premier Basketball Champions
- Caleb Downes – Football Referee
- George Haswell – Rugby and Touch Rugby Referee
- Harrison Cook – Football Referee
- Michael Love – Football Referee
- Craig Anderson – Hockey Coach
- Lyndon Fraser – Athletics Coach
- Piet Van Hasselt – Basketball Coach