The University of Otago Blues and Golds Awards are the highest honours OUSA can present to students who have excelled in Sport or Culture, or services to these. The Blues and Golds Awards Ceremony celebrate the diverse range of extracurricular activities at the University of Otago and those who excel in their chosen passion. We traditionally have two guest speakers, representing the sporting and cultural spheres of distinction, as well as members of the sporting and cultural communities.
Those deemed to have excelled to the highest degree in their chosen field shall be conferred their Awards at the University of Otago Blues and Golds Awards Ceremony. Anybody is able to nominate appropriate persons they believe to be of sufficient merit to have one of the Awards bestowed upon them. OUSA affiliated Clubs and Societies are welcome to nominate themselves for the OUSA ‘Club of the Year’ and ‘Society of the Year’ Awards.
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University of Otago ‘Blues’ Award
The Blues Awards for sporting excellence are a long standing tradition that have been awarded at the University of Otago since 1908 – these are the greatest accolade that can be awarded to those University of Otago students that excel in their chosen sporting field.
University of Otago ‘Golds’ Award
The Golds Awards are the highest accolade that the University of Otago can bestow on those University of Otago students involved in the cultural sphere. They reward excellence and exceptional achievement in the students chosen artistic or cultural field. OUSA has awarded Golds Awards since 2002.
University of Otago Graduates’ Association ‘Outstanding Contribution to Arts and Culture’ Award
Recognises individuals, both University of Otago students and those who are not, who have made significant contributions to OUSA Societies over a number of years. This may involve Administration, Coaching, Managing, Officiating and other contributions considered worthy by the OUSA Golds Panel.
OUSA ‘Silver Service’ Award
For Faculty Clubs ONLY. OUSA awards a Silver Service Award to University of Otago students and members of its affiliated Faculty Clubs to recognise the exceptional contributions made by these people. This may involve Administration, Coaching, Managing, Officiating and other contributions considered worthy by the OUSA Golds Panel.
OUSA ‘Club of the Year’ and ‘Society of the Year’ Awards
Recognises excellence in the administration of a Club or Society, and promotion of OUSA in a positive light, from any affiliated OUSA Club or Society.
OUSA ‘Coach of the Year’ Award
Introduced in 2013, to recognise the significant input and achievements of coaches in the community. This Award is available to any coach coaching an OUSA affiliated Club or any University of Otago student coaching anywhere in the country.
University of Otago ‘Maori Sportsperson of the Year’ Award
This taonga, first awarded in 2000, recognises the most outstanding Maori Sportsperson at the University of Otago who has best represented Maori through his or her performances in top level sport.
University of Otago ‘Sportswoman of the Year’ and ‘Sportsman of the Year’ Awards
First awarded in 1960, it recognises the most outstanding Sportswoman and Sportsman at the University of Otago for the year.