Brisbane Lions half back Breanna Koenen has been honored with a ‘UQ Blue’ at the 2017 UQ Blues Awards Dinner, for her efforts women’s football.
Along with her AFLW achievements for the Brisbane Lions, the Bachelor of Physiotherapy student was selected in the Queensland Women’s AFL State Academy and was also named in the 2017 QWAFL Team of the Year.
The award acknowledges outstanding sporting achievements and athletes who have enhanced the reputation of university sport. Past winners of the university’s highest sporting honor, include Olympians Kieren Perkins and Susie O’Neill.
“Athletes who earn a Blue have excelled at the highest level in their chosen sport, with Half Blue recipients recognized for outstanding performances at state or national level,” said UQ Sport Chief Executive Bryan Pryde.
“The tradition of UQ Blues commenced more than a century ago, and close to 2400 Blues and Half Blues have been awarded during that time.”
Originally from Magnetic Island in North Queensland, the defender or medium sized midfielder moved to play for UQ and study exercise science.
A key feature of her game is her ability to intercept mark, backed up by sound skills by foot and hand.
The trophies that were handed to the award recipients were carved from the Grevilliea robusta tree, one that’s commonly found on campus.
The event was held at Customs House in Brisbane, where Boxer and WBO Welterweight Champion Jeff Horn was the event’s guest speaker.
By Sean Melrose