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Celebrating ECU’s 2011 sports stars

Thursday, 20 October 2011


The annual 2011 ECU Sports Star Awards was held at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre last week to celebrate the exceptional achievements of ECU’s student athletes throughout the year.

The awards are a chance for our university’s top sports stars to gather and celebrate their hard work at a number of sporting competitions, including the recent Australian University Games on the Gold Coast.

For the second straight year the ECU Beach Volleyball Team won the ECU Sports Team of the Year award.

The ECU Female Intervarsity Athlete of the Year was awarded to Katelyn Smith, who took out the crown for the first time, edging out 2010 winner Kobi Evans. Katelyn is currently the under 21’s Hockey State captain.  

The ECU Male Intervarsity Athlete of the Year was a two man race, seeing team mates Mark Van Winsen and Michael Snart fighting it out for the award. Both Mark and Michael played pairs beach volleyball at the 2011 Australian University Games, winning gold for the second straight year.

Michael Snart was the eventual winner, thanks to his selection in the Australian team for the World University Games.

“Winning the ECU male Intervarsity Athlete of the Year means a lot to me, playing sport for ECU is some of the most enjoyable moments I’ve have had on the sporting field,” said Michael.

The final award, the ECU Elite Sports Star of the Year, was a star studded line up, seeing future Olympians and current world champions up against each other. The finalists were:

  • Alice Inlgey (Archer), who has recently been selected in the shadow squad for the 2012 Olympics.
  • Caitlin Basset (Netball), who recently won Gold at the Netball World Championships.
  • Holly Noack (Athletics), recently represented Australia at the World University Games in the 800m.
  • Jaimi Andrews (Water Skiing), been selected for the 2012 World University Championships in Chile.
  • Luke Quinlivan (Water Polo), current Australia team representative.
  • Mark Van Winsen (Beach Volleyball), ECU Squad Captain and Australian University Games Gold Medallist.
  • Michael Snart (Beach Volleyball), represented Australia at the World University Games, and
  • Sophie Godfrey (Indoor Volleyball), won Gold with the WA Pearls and current Australian representative.

The winner of the ECU Elite Sports Star of the Year went to Caitlin Basset who thanked ECU for the award and all the academic support she has received throughout her studies.


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