Victoria University (VU) named Olympic badminton player Erin Carroll and distance-running champion Liam Adams as its female and male athletes of the year at its 2008 Sports Awards Night on 20 November.
The VU Sports Awards Night recognises the outstanding sporting achievements of VU students in regional, national and international championships. In 2008, the University had much to celebrate with six students competing at the Olympic Games and Paralympics in Beijing. VU also recorded its best overall result at the Australian University Games in August, where it was a supporting partner.
Erin, 22, a St Kilda resident and an aspiring secondary school teacher, is studying at Footscray Park Campus in her third year of a Bachelor of Applied Science, with a speciality in Physical Education. The Ballarat-born badminton champ competed in her first Olympics in Beijing. She began playing badminton at an elite level in high school, and at age 16, qualified for the world junior championships in South Africa.
Besides being a talented athlete, Erin is a top student who also works part-time at Maribyrnong Secondary College, Victoria's leading specialty sports school. She is assistant to the College's sports director, Rob Carroll, who also happens to be her dad.
VU's Male Sports Person of the Year, Liam Adams, 22, is in his first year of a Bachelor of Exercise Science (Human Movement) at Footscray Park Campus. The Moonee Ponds resident is a member of the Athletics Essendon Club and holds several club records for long-distance running. On the back of his medal-winning run at the 2008 Australian University Games in Melbourne and a top-20 finish at the World University cross-country championships in France, Liam recently finished first in the 10-kilometre event as part of the Melbourne Marathon.
At the same event, former Australian pole vault representative and VU graduate, Rachael Dacy, 32, became the seventh inductee into the Victoria University Hall of Fame. Rachael is a Masters of Sports Science Business student who now works for the Auckland City Council.
Other VU alumni already inducted into VU's Hall of Fame are Olympic basketballers Andrew Gaze, Larry Sengstock and Danny Morseu; Olympic rower Mike McKay; Olympic sailor and AFL Bulldogs Chief Executive Campbell Rose; and Olympic judo competitor Rebecca Sullivan.
VU also awarded several 'full blue' and 'half blue' awards recognising exceptional sporting service by individuals, as well as club and team awards.
Erin Carroll and Liam Adams are available for interview
Photos are available of VU's Female Sports Person of the Year - Erin Carroll and VU's Male Sports Person of the Year - Liam Adams, at VU's 2008 Sports Awards Night.
Ann Marie Angebrandt, Media Officer
Marketing and Communications Department, Victoria University
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