Top athletes talk sports and study at University of Newcastle Sports Awards

FORUM: Former Newcastle Knights player Mark Sargent is part of a forum at the University of Newcastle Sports Awards.

FORUM: Former Newcastle Knights player Mark Sargent is part of a forum at the University of Newcastle Sports Awards.

UNIVERSITY life before and after a career in sports will be the focus of this year's University of Newcastle Sports Awards.

Commonwealth Games athlete Sophie Stanwell, Paralympic champion Heath Francis, Winter Olympian Matt Graham and former Newcastle Knight Dr Mark Sargent will discuss their tips for juggling sport and studies while Brisbane-based radio presenter Gerry Collins keeps them on track.

However, the night's main feature is the awards, which for more than 50 years have honoured students and administrators that have achieved greatness in their field.

Awards on the night include the prestigious University Blues and Colours, sport scholarships and Sports Club and Person of the Year.

Nominees for the Sportsperson of the Year 2014 are Knights forward Robbie Rochow, womens Jets star Tara Andrews, heptathlete Sophie Stanwell and hockey player Katie-Jane Kelly.

Previous winners include Olympian Justin Norris, Newcastle Jet Ben Kantarovski and Paralympics gold medalist Liesl Tesch.Open to the public, the awards will be held on Friday, August 29,at Newcastle City Hall.

Tickets cost $80 and include a three-course meal and drinks.

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