Bond University sustainable development student wins Queensland Sports Star of the Year

9 December 2014

Bond University‘s Mat Belcher has added two more trophies to his growing collection: Queensland Sports Star of the Year and ISAF Sailing World Cup Champion.

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The hugely successful sailor was crowned The Courier-Mail/Channel 7 Queensland Sports Star of the Year at last night’s 20th annual Queensland Sport Awards in Brisbane, with his brother accepting the award on his behalf as Mat took out another title—winning the ISAF Sailing World Cup alongside teammate Will Ryan in Abu Dhabi.
Mat was the first sailor ever to win the prestigious Queensland Sports Star of the Year award, ahead of fellow finalists Thomas Broich (football), Cate Campbell (swimming), Mirinda Carfrae (triathlon), Shannon Eckstein (surf life saving), Mick Fanning (surfing), Laura Geitz (netball), Mark Knowles (hockey), Will Power (motor racing), Johnathan Thurston (rugby league) and Ken Wallace (canoeing).
Mat is completing his master in sustainable development at Bond University, after graduating from a Bachelor of Commerce at the university in 2009, and is a member of the Bond Elite Sport Program (BESP).
Garry Nucifora, Director of Sport at Bond University, said the Olympic Gold Medallist was an impressive sporting talent, and an outstanding representative of the University.
“Mat is an exceptional example of achieving at the highest level, both academically and on the world sporting stage, and  Bond University is proud to be a part of his journey.

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