The clubs and individuals receiving Sports Awards were announced at last night’s Sports Ball.
The Volunteering Club of the Year was awarded to Women’s Rugby for their contribution to volunteering this year. This included introductory touch rugby session for over 20 students at Rotherfield Primary School, volunteering at UCL’s Christmas Concert in the Quad and organising a cake decorating stall for local children, carol singing at Euston station for Richard House Hospice and helping raise £1008 on the day, wheelchair touch rugby session with young adults at Richard House Hospice. They were also awarded the RFU’s President’s XV Recognition Award for Young Volunteers of the year.
Caps were awarded to Alex Meiner and Giulio Ferrini for recognition of their participation in sport at national or international levels. Alex played Ultimate Frisbee for the under 23 international squad last year and is in the senior GB squad this year. She uses her experience to coach other members of the club, and is a real role model for them. Giulio has been an Italian hockey international from a very early age. He has been in the U16, U18, U21 squads, as well as gaining 3 senior international caps, including scoring a goal. Giulio is also a key player in the UCLU 1st XI and has scored over 50 goals in his 2 years at UCL.
The Friends Cup was awarded to the Boat Club’s men’s and women’s first VIIIs for recognition of their performance achievements this year. The women’s first VIII came 59th in the Women’s Head of the River last March, the best result for UCL since 1994, and went on to reach the semi-finals of Henley Women’s Regatta in June, the most prestigious event in the women’s rowing calendar. The men won at London Metropolitan Regatta, before qualifying to race at Henley Royal Regatta. They raced abroad for the first time in Basel Head in October, where the men in particular excelled; coming 12th from 55 in a very strong international field.
The Mandy Walker Memorial Trophy for the Sports Personality of the Year was awarded to Eleanor Trezise. Eleanor has captained the women’s rugby first XV to an undefeated season. She is the UCL Be A Champion Ambassador this year, and has coordinated with other societies to organise events. This has included a Paralympic sports day with local school children and volunteers from UCL, which succeeded in raising awareness of playing sport with people of all abilities.
The Sports Officer Award was awarded to Doris Chen for her dedication to the sports community this year. On top of being a President, Doris has organised, publicised and chaired successful Activities Forums over the year, increasing student engagement with the running of activities. Doris has also led an ‘Out in Sport’ campaign at UCL with the LGBT Forum, aiming to change assumptions that everyone is heterosexual and give advice on how to help make people feel accepted regardless of sexuality.
The Captain of the Year was awarded to Eleanor Trezise for annoying the CSC the least. But seriously, for being the best captain to work with from an organisational perspective.
Gold Sports Stars Awards were awarded to the Netball Club, the Women’s Hockey Club, and the Women’s Rugby Club.
The Shield for the Most Improved Sports Club was awarded to Handball Club. This year, the club has increased the number of female members from 4 to 20 and entered their first women’s team into the England Handball Association Women’s Development League South. They are currently third in the league after outstanding results against Cranfield University, Oxford, and Southampton. They also participated in Feed the 5000 at Trafalgar Square and plans to help out at the Olympic Sport Taster Day for local Camden schools
The Club of the Year was awarded to the Women’s Rugby Club. The Women’s Rugby Club is currently undefeated in all of their matches this year. They are top of the ULU league and BUCS 1A league, and are on target for promotion into the premiership. They are through to the BUCS Trophy Cup final, a feat which few teams achieve. They are through to the ULU Cup final. The Club also aims to increase their membership diversity and make everyone feel welcome; this year the team has included students who are undergraduate, postgraduate, international, LGBT, disabled, mature, and religious.The Club has organised near-monthly volunteering initiatives. These have included a tag-touch rugby at rotherfield primary school, volunteering for concert in the quad, singing carols which raised £1008 for Richard’s House Children’s Hospice, and teaching at a wheelchair rugby session.They have been awarded the RFU’s President’s XV Recognition Award for Young Volunteers of the year.
Decisions: The Sports Officer award is chosen by the Sports Officer, the Captain of the Year is chosen by the CSC sports staff, the sports stars are chosen by a panel of UCLU officers and staff. All other awards are shortlisted and decided upon by the Activities Board according to the award criteria; any students on the board with a conflict of interest with the clubs or individuals nominated do not vote for these awards.
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