Griffith students Madison de Rozario and Laura Waldie have crowned a memorable year as winners … again.
Madi, a Bachelor of Business student, has taken out the Most Outstanding Sporting Achievement in the Unisport Australia Awards for 2018.
Madi won double gold at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Women’s T54 (Wheelchair) 1500m and the Women’s T54 (Wheelchair) Marathon.
She was also Australia’s first London Marathon women’s wheelchair event winner.
Last month she was acknowledged with the Most Outstanding Sporting Achievement Award at Griffith’s Blues Awards for Sporting Excellence.
Laura, a Bachelor of Oral Health Dental Science student, was named the Female Athlete of the Year at the Unisport Australia Awards for her exploits on the rugby field in the AON Uni Seven Series.
Laura produced a series of top-class, all-action performances throughout the series, catching the eyes of the Australian 7s coaching staff which selected her on the AON Dream Team for 2018.
She received the Griffith Sports College Award for Most Outstanding Griffith Student Player and was also named Players’ Player of the Series at an awards ceremony at Griffith’s Gold Coast campus.
During a very busy year on the university and university sport front, Laura also represented the silver-medal winning Australian Uniroos in Namibia as co-captain and was a key player in the gold-medal winning Griffith team that competed at Nationals Div 1 held on the Gold Coast.
“It is great to see two members of the Griffith Sports College recognised on the national stage,” Naomi McCarthy, Manager, Griffith Sports College, said. “Both are top students who are also top of their game in sport.
“Seeing Madi win gold in the Commonwealth Games marathon was a special moment, especially with Griffith the event’s presenting partner.
“Laura was a leader on and off the field as Griffith won the AON Series for the first time.”
The UniSport Australia Awards recognise the successes and top performances of Australian student-athletes and universities in the university sport and the international sporting arena. Previous award winners include Grant Hackett, Cate Campbell, Dane Bird-Smith and Dylan Alcott.
UniSport Australia promotes the importance of university sport as an integral part of university life at 43 member universities, who collectively represent more than one million students nationwide.