Andrew Whyte, who won the Otago University sportsman of the
year award on Thursday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
The University of Otago honoured its cultural and
sporting top achievers at the presentation of its blues and
gold awards at the Otago University Students Association
aquatic centre this week.
Basketball and cricket dual international Suzie Bates, who
graduated with a degree in physical education, is sportswoman
of the year and Maori sportsperson of the year, and 400m and
200m runner Andrew Whyte is sportsman of the year.
Bates, from the Ngai Tahu iwi, is captain of the White Ferns
and a star with both bat and ball, averaging 28.20 with the
bat and 27.08 with the ball in one-day internationals.
As a guard in basketball, she is noted for the maturity
of her play. She was unable to pick up her award in person as
she is playing in the Women's World Twenty/20 in Sri Lanka.
Whyte, a first-year commerce student, ranks first in the New
Zealand men's 400m and picked up the 11th best time in the
400m at the world junior championships in Barcelona in July.
In March, he won the men's under-20 400m and 200m at the
national championships and later broke the Otago record for
the 400m, with a time of 46.42sec.
Cultural achievements were also recognised at the awards,
with tenor and Dunedin Performing Arts Competitions Society's
Otago Daily Times Aria winner Alexander Wilson among those to
pick up golds.
Leader of the Student Volunteer Army - an 18,000-strong
volunteer army which helped with the clean-up after the
Christchurch's earthquake last February - Louis Brown
received a gold for his public relations work, which included
setting up his own communications agency Social Innovation.
The awards were. - Sportswoman of year and Maori sportsperson
of the year: Suzie Bates (basketball, cricket).
Sportsman of year: Andrew Whyte (athletics). Blues: Andrew
Whyte (athletics); Reta Trotman (cycling); Eben Joubert
(rugby); Monique Francois (surf life saving); Suzie Bates
(basketball); Rebekah Greene (athletics); Paris Pidduck
(canoe polo); Monique Francois, Andrew Ridden (football);
James Bennett, Ollie Hopkinson, Francesca Rowley, Richard
Storey, Jaime Wiles (field hockey); Louise Daley (underwater
hockey); Melissa Lee Morris (ice figure skating); Storm
Purvis (netball); Lauren Elizabeth Clark, Laura Georgina
Louise Tester, Heather Scott, Andrew Annear, Scott Roy
Barnsdale (rowing); Florence Van Dyke, Tess Molloy
(triathlon); Hugh Blake (rugby); Carina Doyle, Sophie Robb
(surf life saving); Carina Doyle, Kate Godfrey (swimming).
Outstanding contribution to sports award: Sam French
(hockey), Sarah Laurenson (squash), Brendan O'Niell (kayak
racing). Sports club of year: University of Otago Rowing
Club. Golds: Alexander Michael Wilson, Grace (Eun Byeol)
Park, Kawiti Jack Waeford (music, voice performance); Louis
Brown (public relations). University Of Otago Graduates'
Association contribution to arts and culture award: Kana
Imuta (music - taiko drumming); Julien Van Mellaerts (music -
singing, piano, French horn); Miriam Noonan (theatre -
acting); Muhammad Zariq Farhan bin Mohd Hanif (dance,
Society of year: Indian Students' Association. OUSA silver
service award: Eric Lim Thiam Aik, Loh, Chuan Tuck (Otago
Malaysian Students' Association); Shotaro Hattori (Otago
University Japanese Association); Siti Alai Shazrinah Shazali
(Brunei Students' Association); Danielle Duffield (Otago
Student Animal Legal Defence Fund); Trupti Gandhi, Nehan
Munasinghe, Malinda Sirisekara, Theshini Siriwardene (Sri
Lankan Students' Association).