Sporting champions on a roll

UNSW sporting greats have been recognised at the Australian University Sports awards, with the launch of a national honour roll.

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UNSW sporting greats have been recognised at the Australian University Sports (AUS) awards, with the launch of the AUS Honour Roll.

UNSW judo coach Warren Rosser was also honoured at the awards for his outstanding support and commitment to university sport.

Two UNSW alumni, Board Sailing Olympian Lars Kleppich (1988) and Board Sailing World Champion Warren Williams (1988) were included in the Champions list with a further eight UNSW alumni among the medallists.

Peter Salt (2006 Sailing) and Johnno Cotterill (2009 Water Polo) were inducted into the gold medal category, and Graeme Brewer (1979 Swimming), William Hamlyn-Harris (2003 Athletics), James Harrison (1986 Cross Country), Daniel Lees (2003 Water Polo), John Marks (1973 Tennis), and Emma Mills (1993 Rowing) were inducted into the bronze medal category.

Overall, the AUS Honour Roll recognised 27 sporting champions and more than 200 medallists from around Australia who have competed at World University Games and Championships since 1967.

General Manager of UNSW Sport and Recreation, Mark Lockie, said it was heartening to see AUS recognise the amazing sporting talent Australian universities have to offer.

"UNSW was well represented among the athletes inducted, and they were honoured to be recognised for their sporting achievements. We hope to continue our success in the future as a result of the Elite Athlete Support Program," he said.

UNSW judo coach and former Olympian, Warren Rosser, who shared the AUS Service to Sport award with University of Melbourne football coach John Kanis, said he was proud to have his efforts recognised.

Rosser has developed judo at UNSW for more than 30 years, first as a member and, for the past 15 years, as a coach. He implemented a junior program at the club to identify and develop future judo athletes - since 1980 the club has nurtured eight Olympians.

"We started the junior program 12 years ago and now run 28 classes a week. We are the biggest judo club in Australia," he said.

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Media contact: Leilah Schubert | 9385 3107 | l.schubert@unsw.edu.au