Sports Awards celebrate student successes
The sporting successes of students at Swansea University were celebrated on Monday evening (March 3) at the annual Athletic Union (AU) Sports Awards evening, held in the city's Brangwyn Hall.
Eight awards were presented to teams and individuals who had distinguished themselves over the past year.
The winners' roll of honour included:
Sportsman of the Year, presented to the man who has excelled to the highest level over the season.
Winner: Alun-Wyn Jones (rugby), who also took the Sportsman of the Year award in the 2007 AU Sports Awards.
Also nominated were Euan Adams (cycling), George Hopkinson (lifesaving/finswimming), and Matthew Morris (lacrosse).
Sportswoman of the Year, presented to the woman who has excelled to the highest level over the season.
Winner: Lydia Johnson (fencing).
Also nominated were Sophie Crampin (rowing) and Helen Smale (lifesaving/finswimming).
Club of the Year, presented to the club which has performed to an exceptional level.
Winner: Mountain Biking Club.
Also nominated were the Running Club and the Snowriders Club, with the Swimming Club receiving an honourable mention.
Team of the Year, presented to the team which has performed beyond expectation and excelled themselves over the season.
Winner: Women's Football Team.
Also nominated were the Men's Hockey 2nds Team and Swimming Performance Team, with the Netball 3rd; Rugby Union Men's 2nd; Basketball Men's 1st; and Squash Men's 1st teams receiving an honourable mention.
Most Improved Club of the Year, presented to the club which has made the most progress since last year.
Winner: Swansea Sirens Cheerleaders.
Also nominated were the Rugby League Club and the Windsurfing Club, with the Ultimate Frisbee and Sailing Clubs receiving an honourable mention.
Fresher of the Year Award, presented to the fresher who has contributed most to University sport.
Joint winners: David Evans (rugby) and Helen Smale (lifesaving/finswimming).
Also nominated were Nicholas Cudd (rugby) and Craig Smith (snowboarding).
Sports Personality of the Year Award
Winner: James Kerr (rugby)
Also nominated were David Hyslop (snowriding) and Thom Philips (triathlon), with Nia Young, Katy Tuxford and Thomas Waterfield receiving an honourable mention.
The President's Cup, awarded to the individual who has been on hand to help the President and the AU develop most throughout the year.
Winner: Alex Shepherd.
Also nominated were Tegan Carpenter, James Kerr, and Leoni Munslow.
Simon Griffin, President of the AU at Swansea University, said: "The AU provides students with much more than a competitive fixtures timetable. Sports clubs give students the opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills and, as is the case with most clubs, enjoy an active social life.
"This year we have enjoyed many sporting successes, with 10 teams making it through to the knockout rounds this year. And we have done extremely well in individual and one-day events, which are ongoing.
"The Sports Awards evening is a chance for us to celebrate this sporting prowess, through individual and team achievements this season."
Richard Lancaster, General Manager of the AU, added: "The AU awards are a tremendous opportunity for us all to look back on the successes of our sporting year. Sport is really moving fast here at Swansea, and opportunities such as the awards give us an opportunity to celebrate that. Our congratulations go to all this year's category nominees and winners."
The AU is responsible for many of the sporting activities at the University. It works to develop both competitive and non-competitive sport and to facilitate the development and achievement of its sports clubs.
It caters for the wide range of sports clubs, which vary from rugby, football, and netball, to water sports like sailing and sub-aqua, and martial arts including judo and tae kwon do.
Swansea University offers Sports Scholarships, worth £3,000 over the duration of a degree, which are awarded to talented young men and women who have the potential to become world-class.
For more information about Sports Scholarships at Swansea University, please visit http://www.swansea.ac.uk/sport/EliteAthletes/.