The Blues Awards

The Blues Awards

Excellence Recognised For Sporting Success

In 1908, the Blue was adopted as the highest recognition for sporting achievement by students of the University of Adelaide.

The Blues is an important element to AU Sport as it allows AU Sport Clubs and the University community to unite together and celebrate the sporting and volunteering achievements of our members at our gala event at the end of the year.

The history of the Blue began in 1836 following a boat race between Oxford and Cambridge universities, first as a blue ribbon tied to the bow of the Cambridge boat and later as the colour of the stripes worn by the Oxford crew. Over time, any student who represented Oxford against Cambridge was entitled to wear a dark blue jacket. Eventually, Blues were awarded for outstanding achievement in university sport – a tradition adopted at universities in many parts of the world.
Over 4,000 recipients have been awarded a University of Adelaide Blue, Half Blue or Club Letters. Formerly a jacket, today the Blues Award is presented as a certificate and a suitably engraved pin.


At the University of Adelaide, four levels are awarded in accordance with criteria determined by each University sporting club and approved by the AU Sport Blues Committee:

A Blue:

Is awarded to students, who are full members of an AU Sport club and who have participated at a state or national level with distinction.

A Half Blue:

Is awarded to students, who are full members of an AU Sport club, for achievement at a high level. A Half Blue is also presented to Life Members of AU Sport.

Club Letters (Service and Competition):

Is awarded for significant service to a University sporting club (Service) and/or sporting achievement (Competition). Those who are not Adelaide University students, but are AU Sport club members, are able to be nominated for these two awards.