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Davis Medal

The Davis Medal is awarded to the Female player whose performance is superior to all others throughout each AUL Season and is named after after a stalwart in the Australian ultimate community.

Professor Tamara Davis

Professor Tamara Davis has been playing ultimate since the late 90’s, coming from a background in competitive gymnastics and swimming. Professor Davis quickly reached an elite level in the sport and competed in her first world championship in 2000. After vice-captaining the first Australian Mixed team, who won the Spirit of the Game in 2004, Professor Davis continued worlds level representation over the next decade and a half.  In 2012 Professor Davis captained the first-ever Australian women’s masters team, and played again in 2016, winning a bronze medal.

Her prowess on the frisbee field isn’t limited to grass, captaining the 2011 Women’s team at the World Beach Ultimate Championships. She captained again with the 2015 mixed masters team and 2017 women’s masters team, both of which won bronze medals, and the latter of which simultaneously won spirit.

Off the field, Professor Davis is one of the most cited academics in the world in the field of cosmology. This year, she was awarded the Australian Research Council’s Laureate Award, one of the most prestigious awards in Australian academia. Her research includes black holes, supernovae, mapping galaxies, and dark energy. Professor Davis’s groundbreaking isn’t limited to research, being the second ever female physics professor in the history of the University of Queensland.

Professor Davis is a mentor and inspiration in physics and frisbee.

Winners

2018: Alex Prentice