The Blues Award is awarded to students who achieve greatness in their chosen sports by either representing NSWCCC, NSW All Schools or School Sports Australia, and also who are involved in a wide range of aspects of College life.
At the ceremony, held at St Paul’s Catholic College Manly, Thomas’ Blues Award citation read “Thomas is a talented swimmer who represented New South Wales Combined Catholic College and New South Wales All Schools at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide. During the New South Wales All Schools Championships, Thomas represented NSW Combined Catholic Colleges with pride and took home a Gold medal, two Silvers and a Bronze. His strong performance gained him selection in the NSW team for the Pacific Schools Games, where he swam in multiple events winning silver medals in the 200m backstroke, 400m individual medley and the medley relay, as well as third in the 200m individual medley and the 200m freestyle.
Away from the pool, Tom was also very involved in social justice initiatives at St Leo’s including travelling to Kiribati on two occasions. He was a College House Captain, and also maintained a high level of academic achievement. By receiving this prestigious award Tom became the 10th St Leo’s student to receive this since the awards was introduced 21 years ago.