First awarded in 1908, the University of Otago Blues continue to be highly prized as a recognition of outstanding student sporting achievement.
Otago was the first New Zealand university to adopt the traditional English university Blues system, which began at Oxford and Cambridge universities with the awarding of a “Blue” to rowers and then, later, to other sportspeople. The name derived from the light blue colours worn by the Cambridge rowers and the dark blue hues of the Oxford crews taking part in their annual boat race on the Thames. Since 1908 we've added additional awards to not only celebrate sport but also arts, culture and service.
Receiving an award at our Blues and Golds ceremony is the highest honour we can present students who have excelled in these areas.
For more on the University of Otago Blues (and Golds) history click here.
To view past recipients click here.
For information on each award click here.