Waikato University students recognised with prestigious Blues Awards

16 July 2012

Anjali Thakker

Twice awarded: Waikato University student Anjali Thakker is one of only two students nationwide to receive two Blues Awards.

Eleven Waikato University students across a range of sporting disciplines have been awarded prestigious New Zealand Universities Blues Awards for the 2011 academic year.

Amanda Brown and Oliver Leydon-Davis (badminton), Hannah Croad (beach volleyball), Nikki Whitehead (canoe/kayaking), Anjali Thakker (ice hockey and inline hockey), Laura Langman (netball), Nathan Cohen and Duncan Grant (rowing), Andrew Newton (surf life saving), Renee Hannah (water skiing) and Katrina De Lange (yachting) are among 67 talented student athletes receiving the award.

All but two of the Waikato University recipients are Sir Edmund Hillary Scholars.

Outstanding achievements

Thakker is one of only two recipients of two Blues Awards.

Nathan Cohen, Duncan Grant and Laura Langman were also three of the seven finalists in the Sportsperson of the Year category, which was won by Massey University student Hamish Bond (rowing).

The New Zealand Blues Award is based on the traditional Blue of Oxford and Cambridge - it is awarded to university students who have achieved excellence both on and off the field of play. Presented since the first ever university competition in 1919, it is a reflection of the standard of New Zealand sportsmanship that a large number of successful New Zealanders have received this award.

Awards dinner

University of Waikato recipients will be awarded their national Blue at the Wallace Corporation Waikato University Blues Awards Dinner on 12 October.