Saturday 2 December
UWA Sports Awards is an opportunity for UWA Sport to reward student athletes, clubs and volunteers for their achievements in sport over 2017. The award categories recognise outstanding sporting performance and service by individuals, teams, and clubs across UWA. The celebration includes entertainment, award presentations, a full three-course dinner, and beverages.
This year will see a selection of Western Australia's elite female athletes discuss a range of topics, giving an insight into the world of contemporary professional sport. This is not a night to be missed, and tickets will sell out fast, so grab yours while you still can.
UWA Sport is proud to working with Humanitix as the official event platform of the 2017 UWA Sport Awards. Humanitix partners and works with some of the most impressive charities in Australia, to provide event organisers with the opportunity to give a meaningful donation to a great cause at no extra cost. The idea is simple: Humanitix donate all profits from ticket sales to a partner charity chosen by the event organiser. For this year UWA Sport have chosen to support Reach out.
ReachOut is Australia’s leading online mental health organisation for young people and their parents. ReachOut has been changing the way people access help since launching as the world’s first online mental health service nearly 20 years ago.
Meet our Panel
Originally from South Australia, Natalie Medhurst moved to West Coast Fever in 2014 as the team’s new captain. One of only eight three-time World Champions, a Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist and an Australian Championship winner, Natalie entered the 2017 Suncorp Super Netball season just 10 games shy of 200 national league appearances. Natalie played in 86 tests for the Diamonds, and was the only squad member to have been a part of the last three successful Netball World Cup campaigns. Natalie is currently working with Fremantle Football Club in the role of Player Development Manager for the AFLW Team. After facing her own struggles with mental health and the demands of elite sport Nat has developed a passion for helping other young women work through similar struggles. She is an ambassador for Ronald McDonald House Perth and mental health awareness charity LIVIN, and lives by the motto "there are no shortcuts to any place worth going".
Brianna Throssell swam into spotlight when she came home from the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games with seven medals, including three individual bronze. Shortly before the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Perth local was awarded WA Swimmer of the Year, and took silver in the 200m butterfly at the National Championships. Traveling to Rio for her first Olympics proved to be a key step forward in her career, and has also contributed to her national fame. Following her Olympic debut, Brianna decided to make the move to UWA West Coast Swimming Club, under WAIS coach Mick Palfrey. Brianna had previously trained at Perth City Swimming Club for seven years. Hungry to build on her Rio performance Brianna is looking ahead to a big 12 months that will include the Pan Pacific Games and a Commonwealth Games on home soil.
After moving to Australia from South Africa at age 8, Tamsin first broke onto the scene with the 2015 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships. Tamsin took silver in the 200m butterfly, and set new championship records in both the 200m and 400m freestyle to win Gold for Australia. 2015 finished with Tamsin being awarded Western Australia Institute of Sport’s Junior Athlete of the Year. Continuing to improve her own record, Tamsin was the youngest swimmer on the 2016 Australian Olympic Team, and was key to Australia’s silver win in the 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay. Now back after a two month break from swimming, Tamsin is focused on the 2018 Commonwealth Games and continuing to improve herself as an elite athlete.
Born and raised in Perth, Blair Evans won her first Australian title in the 800m at the 2009 National Championships. Blair has had her fair share of setbacks over the years, and at one point was told she'd never run or swim again. Prolonged injury during 2013 and 2014, including bulging neck discs, shoulder pain and surgery, saw her almost hang up her swimmers for good. Now a dual-Olympic Swimmer and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Blair has proved herself time and time again as one of Australia’s best swimmers. In April, Blair came away with gold in the 200m individual medley and silver in the 400m individual medley at the Open Short Course Championships in Brisbane.