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UniSport Australia Awards

Nominations for the 2023 UniSport Awards are now closed. The award winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner held on Tuesday 7 May 2024 at the Mercure Belconnen located in Canberra, Australia. For more information on the Gala Dinner, please see our National Forum & AGM page.

2022 Award Winners

Most Outstanding Performance by a Student-Athlete with a Disability

Tim Hodge

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Western Sydney University

Tim competed at the 2022 World Para Swimming Championships, Madeira winning two gold and a bronze medal as well as setting a world record in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley SM9. Tim also competed in the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Birmingham winning a gold and silver medal.


Despite juggling his successful career as a para-athlete and intense studies in Honours Engineering, Tim has not only put his hand up to represent Western Sydney University at every opportunity but has also managed the swim team and mentored many of the younger swimmers.

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Most Outstanding Sporting Achievement by an Indigenous Student-Athlete 


Rae Anderson

Bachelor of Arts, The University of Sydney

Rae made her Winter Games debut at Beijing 2022, she became one of a select few to compete for Australia at both the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games. Rae finished in an impressive tenth position in the Women’s Giant Slalom Standing event, and recorded a superb result in the Women’s Slalom Standing category to finish in seventh. Rae then went onto make her debut for the Paramatildas against Japan on the 13th of May.


Rae is a Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness Elite Athlete Program scholarship recipient and a beacon for excellence and inclusion in the broader student community.

Most Outstanding Sporting Performance by a Student-Athlete

Jemima Montag

Doctor of Medicine, The University of Melbourne

In 2022, Jemima won the 10,000m Race Walk national and Oceania Championship titles, the gold medal at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games and placed 4th at the IAAF World Championships. She also achieved two personal bests and broke the 18-year-old 20km Walk Australian Record.


As an International Olympic Committee Young Leader since 2021, with her project ‘Play On’ is an e-resource that equips 15-18 year old girls with the knowledge and skills to stay engaged in sport. Jemima was also recognised by the Victorian Institute of Sport with the Award of Excellence and Performance Lifestyle Award, recognising her achievements in her sporting and academic careers in 2022.

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Female Student-Athlete of the Year


Quennie Laurentia

Bachelor of Arts, The University of Melbourne

Quennie was a key player in the University of Mebourne’s women’s badminton team throughout 2022, competing in the Big Blue Varsity Challenge against Monash and UniSport Nationals in Perth. She actively led the team to an outstanding year winning the Big Blue challenge and gold at the UniSport Nationals, providing coaching, advice and encouragement to all team members across competitions.


Quennie has also been awards a Full Blue and Intervarsity Female Athlete of the Year by the university for her performance at the 2022 UniSport Nationals.

Male Student-Athlete of the Year

Alastair Christie-Johnson

Bachelor of Applied Science (Property and Valuation) (Honours)​

Alastair is a member of the RMIT Redbacks UniSport Nationals team and RMIT Elite Athlete Program, winning 4 individual medals at the 2022 UniSport Nationals in Peth. He took out gold in the Criterium, Individual Time Trial and Pairs Time Trial and silver in the Men’s Road Race where he crossed the line with his teammates who finished in 1st and 3rd respectively. Alastair was awarded the UniSport Nationals Overall Cycling champion, as well as the Redbacks Athlete of the Year award.

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Most Outstanding University Sport Project/ Program


RMIT Sports Academy

RMIT University

The RMIT Sports Academy offers a highly professional environment for a transformational student experience while preparing participants for life and work. In 2022, the Academy supported 76 student interns in Work Integrated Learning placements in high performance, the RMIT Health Clinic and Sports Media across the supported sports including Basketball, Tennis and E-Sport.

Most Outstanding Contribution by a Student Volunteer


Alexander Smyth

Bachelor of Science (Applied Science)/Bachelor of Business (Management), RMIT University​

As the RMIT Nationals Team Captain, Alexander led a team of over 150 students to the 2022 UniSport Nationals in Perth where he competed as an openly queer student-athlete and was an out role model for the entire Australian university sporting community. Alexander is also a UniSport Australia Inclusion Ambassador, is heavily involved in the planning and delivery of RMIT’s annual pride in sport event and a strong driver in delivering RMIT sport’s vision of inclusive sport. Alexander was also announced as a Finalist for the Pride in Sport 2023 Out Role Model of the Year award, an award he was nominated for by RMIT University.

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Club Leadership Award

The Melbourne University Women's Football Club (AFL)

The University of Melbourne

The Melbourne University Women’s Football Club has demonstrated outstanding leadership in 2022 in the areas of inclusion, mental health and policy development across areas including alcohol, tobacco, drugs and safe transport.


The club delivered multiple significant events on campus throughout 2022 including highly successful Pride and First Nations rounds, where the university’s respective communities were actively invited to participate. For these rounds, the club’s teams wore specially designed jumpers for these rounds and held related events which celebrated the communities and educated the wider university community.

Official of the Year

Andrew Truong

Alumni - Bachelor of Human Movement (Exercise and Sports Science), University of South Australia​

As a coach, team manager of committee member Andrew devotes significant time to the development and success of the UniSA Swimming Club. Often the first to arrive and last to leave training, Andrew has played a significant role in developing a positive club culture, strong committee and organisation of social and charity events. His achievements and contribution to the club have won him the UniSA Sport Volunteer of the Year Award in 2021 and 2022.

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Team of the Year

Macquarie University 3x3 Basketball Team

Macquarie University

The Macquarie University Men's 3x3 Team had a stand-out year in 2022, after clinching the 3x3 UniSport Nationals in Hobart in April the team were invited to attend the FISU University World Cup hosted in Istanbul, Turkey where they won a Silver medal while representing Australia. This team are great examples of supportive and engaged students who are present within the Macquarie University landscape, contributing to activations including Orientation Week Stalls, MyWay initiatives and other events.

Previous Award Winners

Previous Award Winners

2021 UniSport Australia Award Winners

Most Outstanding Performance by a Student-Athlete with a Disability

Jaryd Clifford (Para-Athletics) - The University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Arts

Most Outstanding Achievement by an Indigenous Student-Athlete

Caitlyn Costello - Bond University

Diploma of Business

Most Outstanding Sporting Performance by a Student-Athlete

Jessica Fox (Canoe Slalom) - Griffith University

Masters of Business Administration

Female Student-Athlete of the Year

Katja Dedekind (Para-Swimming) - University of the Sunshine Coast

Bachelor of Arts

Male Student-Athlete of the Year

Joel Rimes (Basketball) - The University of Melbourne

Doctor of Philosophy (Immunology)

Most Outstanding University Sport Project/Program

ECU Sport and Fitness - Edith Cowan University

Sport for Thought Program - University of the Sunshine Coast

Most Outstanding Contribution by a Student Volunteer

Belinda Rutherford - The University of Adelaide

Bachelor of Arts

Club Leadership Award

Melbourne University Lightning Netball Club - The University of Melbourne

Official of the Year

Tyler Miller - The University of Western Australia

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

Team of the Year

The University of Sydney Water Polo Teams - The University of Sydney

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