All sport, whether at the elite or interfaculty level, is managed by the professional staff at Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness. They are assisted by a team of specialist coaches, administrators and associated volunteers.
The Foundation was established in 2005 and is dedicated to ensuring the on-going viability and sustainability of sport and sporting success at the University. Extensive funding is required to provide the necessary infrastructure, coaching and administrative expertise, as well as the Sporting Scholarship Program for elite athletes. The Foundation enables benefactors to receive tax deductions for all donations in support of their principal sporting interests.
The University of Sydney Sport Foundation is structured so that gifts can be directed to support "sport in general" (for example scholarships or capital works projects) or "specific sporting clubs." There are currently 44 affiliated sporting clubs.
For a full list of named sporting scholarships, please see below:
Warrick Segal Scholarship (2002)
As a freshman, Warrick Segal joined the Sydney University Soccer Football Club in 1998. During his first competitive game for the Club, he collapsed on the field and later he tragically passed away in hospital. Warrick’s parents, John and Joan, established the Warrick Segal Memorial Scholarship, which was first awarded in 2002 to a promising student player from the elite squad.
Ray Hyslop Scholarship (2003)
Dr Ray Hyslop received a Sydney University Blue for Soccer in 1955. In 2003, Ray received an Order of Australia Medal for services to obstetrics and gynecology. Coincidentally, 2003 was also the year when the Ray Hyslop Scholarship was established for an outstanding Sydney University Soccer Football Club player, who is also a student in the Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry or Health Sciences.
Philip Rundle Scholarship (2003)
Thanks to the generosity of the late Dr Rundle's family, a scholarship has been established for an outstanding male or female sprinter from the Sydney University Athletics Club. Dr Philip Rundle was a 100 yard specialist sprinter and he also scored many tries as a winger with the Sydney Uni Football Club. Philip Rundle was awarded an Athletics Blue in 1941. The scholarship was established in 2003.
BUPA/MBF Named Sporting Scholarships (3) (2007)
As a leading private health insurer, BUPA has a primary aim to help all Australians live longer, healthier and happier lives. In keeping with their core values, BUPA is a sponsor of Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness and supports the Elite Athlete Program by providing three perpetual scholarships for aspiring athletes in Olympic sports. These scholarships were first awarded in 2007.
Kaye Dening AM Scholarship (2007)
As a junior, Kaye Dening AM was a prodigiously talented young tennis player, who won the Junior Titles at the Australian, French, US and Italian Open Championships and reached the final of Junior Wimbledon. She was ranked No. 1 Junior in the world. Kaye is an Economics graduate, who received her Blue for Lawn Tennis in 1964. This scholarship has been awarded annually since 2007 to an undergraduate tennis player studying at Sydney University
Collins/Peasley Scholarship (2008)
Cheryl and David Collins were both awarded Blues in Athletics when students at the University. Cheryl went on to represent Australia at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, where she was a semi-finalist in the 800m and finalist in the 4x400m relay. The Collins/Peasley scholarship was established in 2008 and is awarded annually to the most deserved track or field athlete (male or female).
Ralph’s Café/Panebianco Scholarship (2009)
Ralph’s Café has been operating on campus since 1984. Owners Ralph and Rose Panebianco have been long time supporters of sport on campus, particularly the Sydney Uni Flames’ Basketball Team. The Ralph’s Café Sporting Scholarship was established in 2009 and is awarded annually to an emerging young women’s basketballer.
Mollie Dive Scholarship (2010)
Dr Margaret Tyrrell received a Sydney University Hockey Blue in 1953. Dr Tyrrell has very generously donated the Mollie Dive Sporting Scholarship for Women’s Cricket or Hockey. Through Dr Tyrrell’s generosity, we honour the legacy of Mollie Dive, who was one of Sydney University’s champion Women’s Cricket and Hockey players of the 1930s. Mollie Dive not only received a Blue for each of her sports, but she represented Australia with great distinction at both Women’s Cricket and Hockey.
Aleksandra Pozder Scholarship (2010)
Aleksandra migrated to Australia with her family in 1998 from Croatia. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Economics and Business with a BEc and M.Comm. Whilst an undergraduate, Aleksandra competed for the Sydney University Athletics Club as a distance runner. The Aleksandra Pozder Scholarship was established in 2010 and is awarded annually to an emerging athlete (male or female).
Ron Rushbrooke Scholarship (2010)
Ron Rushbrooke was a former player, president, coach and patron of the Sydney University Baseball Club. In honour of his contribution to this sport, the Ron Rushbrooke Fund was established following his passing in 2004. The Fund finances a perpetual Sporting Scholarship, which is awarded by the Sydney University Baseball Club to a member who has made significant on and off-field contributions.
Ross Brown Scholarship (2011)
Ross Brown is a graduate of the Faculty of Pharmacy. He was a Foundation Governor of the Pharmacy Foundation and a former President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. Ross has long been a tireless ambassador for the University and his Faculty. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the University in 2009. The Ross Brown Sporting Scholarship was established in 2011 for a sportsperson who is in the Elite Athlete Program and who is studying Pharmacy or an associated discipline.
Buildcorp Scholarship (2011)
Buildcorp has been the naming rights sponsor of the Sydney Uni Football Club for more than 20 years, but this scholarship was awarded for the first time in 2011. Donated by the Buildcorp principals, Tony and Josephine Sukkar, this is a perpetual sporting scholarship for an emerging Rugby player, who has potential to be considered for future employment at Buildcorp. The recipient will be studying a discipline which is relevant to the Buildcorp organisation.
Allan Kendall Scholarship (2011)
Allan Kendall was an outstanding lawn tennis, squash and table tennis player in the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s. A Blue in all three sports, Allan toured the world playing tennis at the elite level, being in the Wimbledon draw on numerous occasions. The Allan Kendall Sporting Scholarship was established in 2011. It will be awarded annually to a St Andrew’s College undergraduate resident, who is a member of the Elite Athlete Program and specialises in tennis, squash or table tennis.
Sydney University Blues Association Scholarships (3) (2011)
The Sydney University Blues Association is made up of sportsmen and women who have been awarded University Blues or Golds for their sporting contributions. The Sydney University Blues Association has established (3) Sporting Scholarships which are awarded annually to outstanding student athletes.
Adam Spencer Scholarship (2011)
Adam Spencer has a long and distinguished association with the University and with Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness. An alumnus of the University and past Member of Senate, Adam has for many years acted as the MC/panel moderator at many SUSF and ‘Blue & Gold’ events. Adam has also successfully coached women’s soccer football teams within the SUSFC. The Adam Spencer Scholarship was established in 2011 for a Women’s Soccer Football Player who is in the Elite Athlete Program.
Jack Pross OAM Scholarship (2012)
Jack Pross (1919-2006) was for many years the very successful coach of the Sydney University Athletics Club. He was appointed coach to two Australian Commonwealth Games teams (1966 and 1970), two World Indoor Championships (1985 and 1987) and two World Cross Country Championships. Jack became an athletics coach on the recommendation of the famed Percy Cerutty. The Scholarship was established in honour of Jack’s memory as a result of the generosity of Gordon and Christine Windeyer who both represented Sydney University and were both coached by Jack. Gordon won gold in the high jump at the 1974 Commonwealth Games. Christine was also an accomplished high jumper, winning NSW State and an Australian Junior titles.
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