Paralympic and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Lakeisha Patterson has been named as The University of Queensland’s Sportswoman of the Year.
Announced on Tuesday afternoon, Patterson was one of a number of UQ Sporting Scholarship recipients honoured at the 2019 UQ Club and Sports Awards, which recognises excellence in sport and contribution to university life.
Bachelor of Architectural Design student, Patterson joins Olympic swimming greats Susie O’Neill (1996) and Melanie Schlanger (2007 & 2008) on the honour roll of UQ Sportswoman of the Year winners.
In 2018, Patterson won two Commonwealth Games gold medals, set four para swimming world records, and claimed UniSport Australia’s Most Outstanding Performance by an Athlete with a Disability Award.
Patterson said support from UQ contributed to a successful year in and out of the pool.
“It’s only my second year at UQ and it’s humbling to receive so much support and acknowledgment from the University,” Patterson said.
“I really value my education and with UQ’s support, I have been able to manage being a student-athlete and set myself up for future success.
“It really is a massive honour to be named UQ Sportswoman of the Year. To be considered among some of UQ’s greats will really be a memorable achievement.”
Patterson recently competed at the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide where she qualified for a spot on the Dolphins team travelling to London in September for the World Para Swimming Championships.
She also took home three medals at the meet, including a gold in the Women’s 200m Freestyle Multi-Class, silver in the Women’s 400m Multi-Class and bronze in Women’s 200m Individual Medley.
Meanwhile, Australian Touch Football representative Justin Cridland was named as The University of Queensland’s Sportsman of the Year.
2019 UQ Club and Sports Awards – Winners
• Sportswoman of the Year: Lakeisha Patterson (Swimming)
• Sportsman of the Year: Justin Cridland (Touch Football)
• Club All-Rounder of the Year: Justin Cridland (UQ Touch Football Club)
• Hulbert Bursary: UQ Judo Club
• President’s Cup: UQ Athletics Club
• Club Coach of the Year: Matthew Bradley (UQ Hockey Club)
• Club Administrator of the Year: Michelle Lorberg (UQ Cricket Club)
• Club Volunteer of the Year: Joanne Baulch (UQ Tennis Club)
• Club Service Award: Caitlin Sargent-Jones (UQ Athletics Club); Howard Hickey (UQ Rugby Football Club); Geoff Teys (UQ Cricket Club)