Brad Fittler at the 70th Sports Awards

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Brad Fittler at the 70th Sports Awards

On 19th September, the University of New England will host the 70th Annual UNE Sports Awards.

While 2018 marks 80 years of sporting history since the University was established in 1938 as the New England University College, the Annual Sports Awards have been conferred over the past 70 years. The University has always strived to provide a balanced student experience that integrates study with opportunities for sporting participation.

“Sport plays a key part in the student experience at UNE," said David Schmude, the Director of UNE Life. “It nurtures important skills and attitudes that are of value to students during their time at University, as well as promoting a lifelong active and healthy lifestyle."

“70 years of awards is an incredible achievement for our student athletes," said Schmude, "and we are very excited to recognise their achievements at our annual sports awards.”

Special guest at the ceremony will be Brad Fittler, fresh from his State of Origin Series win as Head Coach of the NSW Blues. UNE has partnered with NSW Rugby League to develop high performance sporting programs and educational opportunities. This partnership is also a huge boost to the university’s Exercise and Sports Science teaching programs, demonstrating UNE’s commitment to providing a ‘real-world’ education and experience for its students.

UNE has much to celebrate with the launch of the UNE Sports Academy, which exists to improve the performance of promising athletes as well as ensure that this is balanced with their academic development as students.

Academy members include Katrina Rekunow, who has been selected for the Australian Country Hockey team, and Abigail Doolan, who is in the NSW Under 21 State team. They are just two student-athletes who have embraced the program and achieved impressive results this year, both as athletes and students.

The Awards Presentation will be in the ‘Stro on the university campus and will start at 6:00pm.

Students who would like to attend (and don't receive complimentary tickets for representation)** can purchase special $25 tickets online at


Tickets close Friday 14th September.

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