VU students and representative teams regularly exceed expectations at regional and national university championships. Many students represent their country at international events including the Olympic Games, Paralympics, Commonwealth Games, World Championships, and World University Games and Championships.
Azizul Awang, nicknamed ‘The Pocket Rocketman’ due to his 1.68 metre-height, is a seasoned track cycling title-holder. The 29-year-old made history as the first Malaysian world-champion athlete in an Olympic sport after winning top prize at the 2017 ICU world track cycling championships. Last year, he won bronze at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil in the individual keirin event (where cyclists sprint for victory after following a pacer motorcycle) to add to the four world championship medals he earned since debuting in 2008. He was named Malaysia’s Sportsman of the Year for 2009 and 2010, and Malaysian of the Year for 2011.
After taking up cycling in Malaysia aged 16, Azizul moved to Melbourne and is now undertaking a Bachelor of Exercise Science (Sport Practice) at VU. He is an exemplary elite student-athlete, leader, and role model locally and internationally, inspiring all VU students and staff. In 2015, he was awarded a VU ‘Full Blue’, the highest possible award for university athletes.