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Big community reaction to Eleanor Hurton’s story

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.

2019 Blues Awards celebrate student success at UC

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!

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2019 Blues Awards winners

Major Awards
  • 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
Community Blues
  • Amelia Dewhurst
  • Bariz Shah
  • Eleanor Hurton
  • Freya Farrar
  • George Stilwell
  • Hinerangi Curtis
  • Josephine Varghese
  • Paige Sullivan
  • Rose Bayldon
  • Sam Walker
  • Tamahou Thoms
Arts Blues
  • Baily Lelieveld – Music
  • Chas Wakefield – Music
  • Jack Nolan – Music
  • Kevin Fernando – Music
  • Polly Hoskins – Literature
  • Thomas Bedggood – Music
  • Wenting Yang – Music
Sports Blues
  • 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

 

Nominations open for 2019 Blues Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2019 University of Canterbury Blues Awards.

We would like to invite all staff to circulate the following information within their departments, and nominate anyone who they deem fit to receive a Blues Award in the Sport, Community Engagement and Arts categories.

Receiving an award at our Blues ceremony is the highest honour we can present to students who have excelled in these areas.

Individual Blues Awards will be presented for each discipline. Winners will then be eligible for the following major awards:

  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Outstanding Contribution to University Sport
  • Team of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Official of the Year
  • Outstanding Achievement in the Arts
  • Outstanding Contribution to University Arts
  • Outstanding Achievement in Community Engagement
  • Waewae Kai Pakiaka: Outstanding Contribution to the Māori Community
  • Outstanding Contribution to Equity and Diversity
  • Outstanding Contribution to Sustainability.

We have also introduced a limited number of University of Canterbury Sport Recognition and Art Recognition awards. These awards recognise students those who have performed exceptionally, however are not eligible for a University Blue as an individual. For example coaches, managers, directors, producers, administrators, and executives.

Nomination criteria:

  • Nominations must be made via the forms on the USCA website, with all sections completed.
  • Anyone may nominate a person for a Blue. Individuals are able to nominate themselves.
  • Nominations must be made before or on the close of the nominations date.
  • Nominations made after such date will not be considered by the Blues Committee.
  • Nominees must have reached the required level of achievement between 19 August 2018 and 12 August 2019.

Nominations for the Blues Awards close 10am, Monday 12 August.

The Blues Awards will be held at Haere-roa on Saturday 28 September.

Nominations for the UC Blues Awards now open

Since 1913 the UCSA has been recognising students who excel in their chosen sport.

In 2017 the UCSA, in association with UC, developed the traditional sports-focused Blues event into an all-round awards night celebrating a broader scope of student success., creating an event now consisting of Sports, Community Engagement and Arts categories.

Receiving an award at our Blues ceremony is the highest honour we can present students who have excelled in these areas.

The categories for major awards are:

  • Sportsperson of the year
  • Outstanding contribution to university sport
  • Team of the year
  • Coach of the year
  • Outstanding achievement in the arts
  • Outstanding achievement in community engagement and
  • Outstanding contribution to sustainability.

Nomination Criteria:

  • Nominations must be made via the prescribed form via the UCSA website, with all sections completed
  • Anyone may nominate a person for a Blue. Individuals are able to nominate themselves.
  • Nominations must be made before or on the close of nominations date. Nominations made after such date will not be considered by the Blues committee.

Nominations close 5pm Sunday the 12 August, with nominees announced on 3 September. Updates on the awards will be posted on the UCSA’s Facebook page.

The Blues Awards will be held 29 September at the UCSA Events Centre.