First published 3 December 2020

The Annual QUT Sport Awards took place on Monday the 23rd of November online for the first time since its inception. 

Streamed via the QUT Sport and QUT Esport Facebook pages, the ceremony celebrated many successes of clubs, teams and individuals in what proved to be a very challenging year in sport.

The 2020 awards winners were:

Isabel Jukes - Sport Club Executive of the Year

Awarded to an executive that showed leadership and enthusiasm in engaging students in their sporting club and provided valuable sporting experiences for their members. Isabel Jukes led the QUT Cliffhangers Rock climbing club to be successful, cohesive, and active program throughout 2020. She displayed strong leadership throughout the year helping other club executives navigate the transition to online and socially distanced events.

Patrick Healy - Volunteer of the Year

Patrick Healy is the current Club President of the QUT Volleyball Club and has assisted the club in achieving great results in 2020 including first place in the Women’s Division 1 Premier Volleyball League. He offered his experience in leading the club to Nationals and Intervarsity events and worked hard to engage commencing students in Semester 1’s Orientation program.

Lachlan Pham - Esports Competitor of the Year

Lachlan Pham is a first year QUT student who joined the Oceanic Challenger Series team this year. He displayed determination, commitment and great improvement throughout the season and contributed greatly to the QUT Esports culture. As the team’s top laner, his role in action is focused on dualling his opponent in the top lane (League of Legends) by providing frontline aggression for the team during battles. As such, being able to succeed independently and to work with the team is critical. Lachlan played exceptionally across the year and has proven himself to be a top esports member at QUT.

Bailey Hammill - Esports Community Member of the Year

Bailey Hammill has been an outstanding member of the esports community and, as one of the original community managers, has been a driving force behind QUT’s community esports events. In 2020, he assisted with transitioning events online and hosted a variety of tournaments and social events. A highlight was the online Valorant tournament which engaged over 50 members of the QUT Esports community.

QUT Athletics Club - Tigers of the Year

The QUT Tigers of the Year is an award that represents our values at QUT, which are ambition, curiosity, integrity, inclusiveness and innovation. QUT Athletics demonstrated these values by pivoting their tactics to service student members through innovative practice throughout the pandemic. The club entered individuals into virtual competitions, ran their own online events, and showcased their sport like no other. Through inclusive practice and a community-minded approach, the club engaged students and non-students across the year.

Intervarsity Mixed Netball 1- Team of the Year

The team of the year is awarded to a team that demonstrates QUT’s values on and off the field of play. This year the Intervarsity Sport Bowl Mixed Netball 1 team went from strength to strength. A team that started in UniSport Nationals Division 2, gained promotion to Division 1, and finished with a national ranking of 5th. The team recently competed in the Intervarsity Sport Bowl, which was held at Griffith University where they claimed first place for a second year running. A combination of both experienced faces and some fresh players highlighted the program’s inclusivity and friendliness.

QUT congratulates the student sporting community for uniting as one in what proved to be a very challenging year for sport.

Watch the full livestream on Facebook here.