Beecroft takes UniSC’s top sporting honour

University of the Sunshine Coast

Spartans swimming star Emily Beecroft has been named the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Sportsperson of the Year following a remarkable year in the pool.

After picking up silver in the women’s 100m S9 freestyle and butterfly, Emily rounded out a fantastic World Para Swimming Championships campaign with a gold in the mixed 4 x 100m medley relay.

She kept that good form going at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham where she won silver in the women’s 100m freestyle S9, to cap off a fantastic 2022.

She is currently studying a Bachelor of Communications.

The Vice Chancellor’s Sporting and Academic Excellence Award went to runner Gianni Bergman, who had an equally successful year on the track and in the classroom.

Gianni took on the tough task of balancing a Bachelor of Medical Science degree with training and competing for long-distance running, managing to excel at both.

“It’s about just making it part of my structure, training in the morning, getting to bed early and spending the day studying. Even if I have an 8am class, I’ll get in two hours of training beforehand. It’s about staying on top of it,” he said.

“UniSC has a proud history of supporting our student athletes to succeed in both their academic and athletic endeavours. Gianni’s achievements are a testament to his incredible work ethic and discipline,” UniSC Vice-Chancellor Helen Bartlett said.

UniSC Spartans Women’s Volleyball team were awarded ‘Team of the Year’ while open water swimmer William Thorley’s achievements were recognised with a ‘Continued Excellence’ award.

Aleisha Howey and Jeremy Morris both received and Outstanding Service to Sport award.

Ally Clarke, Emily Beecroft, Anya Louw Holly Lubcke, Katelyn Inch and Kyah Heagney received Full Blue honours, while Kyle Hall received Half Blue honours.

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