Calum Woodill receives his award

Sportsperson of the Year

by Mike Isle

Two bronzes from the ITF Tae Kwon Do World Championships in April earned Calum Woodill Sportsperson of the Year at the Lincoln University Blues and Golds awards.

The awards, held on campus, recognise students’ sporting achievements, as well as service to the community.

Sports Team of the Year went to the women’s 3X3 basketball side who have won the tertiary New Zealand title for the last three years, and again earned a trip to the FISU University World Cup in China on 31 October.

Lincoln Volunteer Fire Brigade member Ollie Rutland Sims was among the winners as was Ishakau Haruna, who has run a project in rural Nigeria since 2015 to improve the quality of education there.

Barbera Forster, current president of Thursdays in Black, a movement across tertiary campuses and society working towards a world without rape and violence, also won a Gold award, her work “opening up the conversation around sexual violence and taking action to lessen its incidence”.

Lincoln University Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bruce McKenzie, said the awards showed how capable and committed Lincoln students were.

Professor McKenzie also praised the coaches at Lincoln and said the results they achieved on the sporting field were “remarkable”.

Silver Fern and Lincoln alumna, Jane Watson, joined community healthcare advocates, doctors Dame Sue and Phillip Bagshaw, as special guests on stage interviewed by Master of Ceremonies Hillary Muir from the Breeze radio station.

Selwyn Mayor, Sam Broughton, also attended.