Fisher takes top gong as student athletes celebrated at Blues Awards

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Aimee Fisher, who won the K1 500m final at the New Zealand Canoe Sprint Championships this year, was the big winner at the Massey University Blues Awards.

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Aimee Fisher, who won the K1 500m final at the New Zealand Canoe Sprint Championships this year, was the big winner at the Massey University Blues Awards.

Canoe sprint champion Aimee Fisher won best gong at this year’s Massey University Blues Awards.

The awards took place online again on Thursday evening, with 140 Blues awards given to Massey students across the country.

Fisher won both the Distance Sportswoman of the Year award and the Supreme Overall award.

Fisher won a gold medal at the 2021 International Canoe Federation Canoe Sprint World Championships in Denmark in the K1 500m.

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She won the Women’s K1 500m Open at the 2022 Sprint Canoe National Championships, where she edged Massey whānau member Lisa Carrington by 0.08 of a second.

Fisher credited the great year she had and the support she received to help her achieve her athletic and academic goals as she worked toward a Bachelor of Arts.

“It is a real privilege to receive these awards. It’s been an epic journey so far and I couldn’t have done it without the support of my team or without Massey.

“It’s been a juggle of sports and studies, but the team at Massey, especially my teachers and tutors, have been incredibly supportive and got me through it.

“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to pursue those two things, to find a balance and to equip myself for the next part of my life after my sports career.”

Rowing athlete and management graduate Tom Mackintosh has been honored with the Long Distance Sportsman of the Year award for the second consecutive year, after winning the men’s duet gold medal at the World Cup regatta in ‘rowing.

He paid tribute to all of the night’s nominees and winners and highlighted the effort it took to excel in both parts of the student-athlete journey.

Rowing athlete and Master of Management graduate Tom Mackintosh received the Long Distance Athlete of the Year award.

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Rowing athlete and Master of Management graduate Tom Mackintosh received the Long Distance Athlete of the Year award.

Canoe polo athlete Georgia Wheeler has been named Campus Sportswoman of the Year.

Wheeler, who earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science, was part of the New Zealand Senior Paddle Ferns team that won bronze at the World Games.

“It’s such an honor to be named Massey University’s Sportswoman of the Year for 2022. A big thank you to my teammates, coach, manager, friends and family, especially Mom.

“Your support has been incredible. And thank you to Massey for supporting your students who represent the country and above all thank you for supporting such a small sport like canoe polo.

A graduate with a bachelor’s degree in sports management, Edward Lau was named campus sportsman of the year after winning the men’s singles badminton in Oceania.

This is the fourth year in a row that Lau has won a major award.

“I feel very lucky to win this award as Massey has so many talented athletes. I am grateful for all the support Massey has given me throughout my college journey.

Rugby player Ashleigh Knight has been awarded a posthumous Blues Award after dying in an accident last year.

She was part of the Manawatū Cyclones team that won the Farah Palmer Cup Championship last year. She played 19 games for Manawatū.

The blues committee recognized Knight’s achievements and passion not for rugby, as well as his contributions to Massey and the wider community.

She was an involved member of the Massey University Young Farmers’ Club and had completed a degree in science and technology.

Her Manawatū coach, Fusi Feaunati, spoke up on the night to congratulate her.

“Ashleigh was a super smart young woman who had great leadership qualities. She was someone who had a great work ethic and was committed to what she wanted to achieve in her sport.

“She was also a great and wonderful human being off the pitch, who was so supportive of others around her. She is a much missed member of our Manawatū rugby whānau.

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