Lyall Bay clubbie and high performance athlete Samantha Lee has been named Victoria University's Sportsperson of the Year.
The Blues Awards, presented in partnership with Victoria University of Wellington Students' Association, are the highest sporting accolade that can be attained at University level.
More than 30 Sports Blues Awards were presented to students, acknowledging their outstanding achievement in orienteering, ultimate frisbee, cycling, debating and more.
Sam won a Blues Award for surf lifesaving and swimming and she also took out Sportsperson of the Year. The Victoria University Sportsperson of the Year award has been in existence since 1965. Sam is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Science.
Sam has a long list of surf lifesaving and swimming achievements to her name. She was a member of the Black Fins team who won the title of lifesaving world champs at Rescue 2012 and next month, she will represent New Zealand at the 2013 International German Cup.
One of her fellow Black Fins and German Cup team mates Laura Quilter (Wainui) was awarded Sportswoman of the Year at Massey University's Albany Blues Awards.
But it doesn't stop there. Sam is also a finalist in the youth category in the upcoming 2013 Wellingtonian of the Year awards.
She is a finalist alongside Mark Berry (co-host of the TVNZ programme Attitude) Sebastian Hallum Clarke (innovator and app developer) and Taylor Finderup (Shark Angel).
Winners will be announced next month.
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