Jenny Blow wins NSW Institute of Sport Academic Excellence Award

25 November 2011

Jenny Blow, a talented student and sportswoman from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, jointly won the award for Academic Excellence on Thursday evening 17th November at the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) awards ceremony dinner in Randwick.

Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) athletes and staff gathered at the Randwick Pavilion to rub shoulders with the state's sporting elite. The ceremony was a formal event set in the ballroom of the Australian Turf Club, part of the Randwick Racecourse complex, and the room was aptly themed towards the upcoming 2012 London Olympics.

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Strategic Management) Professor Ann Brewer of the University of Sydney presented the award for Academic Excellence, which went to both Jenny Blow for Goalball and Kenneth To, a student undertaking a Bachelor of Applied Science, for Swimming. The Academic Excellence Award is sponsored by The University of Sydney.

Kenneth was present to accept his award, however Jenny Blow was absent due to undertaking qualifiers for the 2012 London Paralympic Games. In her absence, her father accepted the award on her behalf.

In 2011, Jenny Blow, who manages congenital vision impairment, coupled her academic studies with a sixth place finish at the IBSA World Championship Games in Turkey and is currently still in the running for the 2012 Paralympics.

Broadcaster Alan Jones, Master of Ceremonies, presented the Female and Male Athlete of the Years Awards, which went to snowboarder Holly Crawford and swimmer James Magnussen respectively, and Most Memorable Moment went to the Australian Men's 4X100M Freestyle Relay.

Rob Smithies, Executive Director of SUSF, said of the event, "The NSWIS Awards Dinner is one of the key awards events of the year for our talented athletes at the University of Sydney. We are thrilled to sponsor the Academic Excellence Award and commend Jenny Blow and Kenneth To for jointly winning amidst tough competition. They are exceptional athletes that are more than deserving of the recognition they received tonight."

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