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Student wins his second Male Athlete of the Year award

Victoria University (VU) student and cross country champion, Liam Adams, was announced Male Athlete of the Year at the 2010 Australian University Sport (AUS) awards dinner held in Adelaide on 12 May.

The entrants were assessed on university sport performances as well as contributions made to university sport during the nominated year. This is the second time that Liam has won this prestigious award.

Liam lives in Moonee Ponds and is studying a Bachelor of Exercise Science (Human Movement). His sporting highlights for 2010 include:

  • silver medal representing Australia at the World University Cross Country Championships in Kingston Canada - Liam covered the 10km course in 30:09.7
  • first place in the 2010 Melbourne Marathon and Australian University Distance Running Championships (10km events)
  • first place in the Skilled Burnie Ten in Tasmania

Australian University Sport (AUS) is the peak governing body of university sport in Australia, with 41 member Universities, representing more than one million students.

In 2010, AUS established the Australian University Sport Honour Roll, which Liam was also inducted into.

VU staff member, Dr Janet Young, was also inducted into the Honour roll, having won three medals in the World University Games. Janet has won:

  • gold in the mixed doubles at the 1970 Turin Universiade
  • two bronze in 1973 for the women's singles and mixed doubles

Dr Young is also a member of two winning Fed Cup teams, reached the final 16 at Wimbledon and has won three grand slam doubles semi-finals, pairing with Evonne Goolagong. 

Dr Young is a former head of Women's Tennis at Tennis Australia, an ex-tournament director of the Women's Tennis Association Canberra International and an international coach and sports scientist.

 Nominations for the 2011 Victoria University Sport Awards open 1 July.

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