Swansea Sports Awards honours for University members
Three members of Swansea University have been honoured in this year’s City and County of Swansea Sports Awards, which took place last Friday evening (November 16) in the Brangwyn Hall.
Paralympic swimming silver medallist Elizabeth Johnson, a 2007 graduate in Business Management and Finance and a University Sports Scholar, won the Imex Senior (18+) Disabled Sports Person of the Year category.
Welsh international and Ospreys forward Alun-Wyn Jones, who is a second year Law student and University Sports Scholar, won the Charterbrook Senior (18+) Sports Person of the Year award.
And Richard Lancaster, General Manager of Swansea University Athletic Union, received a Swansea University Contribution to Sport award for his work in Rugby and Sports Development.
Also shortlisted from Swansea University this year were French and Psychology student and University Sports Scholar Helen Smale, a GB Lifesaver, in the Charterbrook Senior (18+) Sports Person of the Year category, and Chris Wells of Swansea University Athletic Union Football Club, in the Swansea Building Society Coach of the Year category, for his work with the Men's Football Club.
Swansea University Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor John Baylis, who is Chair of the Sports Swansea Committee, attended the awards ceremony. He said: "We were particularly pleased that so many members of the University were nominated this year and that Richard, Elizabeth, and Alun-Wyn were successful in their individual categories."
"The evening was a major success with sports men and women from the primary school level to elite athletes, like Alun-Wyn, receiving prizes from rugby stars Stuart Davies and Tony Clement. We were also pleased to note the success of Swansea’s sporting youngsters who benefit from the use of the University’s facilities."
"As usual, the University was delighted to sponsor the Contribution to Sport category and to contribute to this important annual celebration of sporting talent in Swansea. And the City and County of Swansea is also to be congratulated for once again putting on such a magnificent event."
The annual Sports Awards recognise people who all participate in a diverse range of sports, at a variety of levels including county, national or international level, local, club or school. They also recognise the valuable work of the coaches who work behind the scenes.
The judging panel tasked with selecting this year’s winners featured leading representatives from the Welsh sporting community, including Kevin Hopkins, the Osprey’s Director of Rugby, Anne Ellis OBE, Vice-Chair of the Sports Council for Wales, David Evans, the South Wales Evening Post’s Sports Editor, James Owens, Active Communities Manager for the Sports Council for Wales, and Emma Evans, Chair of the Community Chest panel of Swansea.
The City and County of Swansea
Swansea University Sporting Scholars
Swansea University Athletic Union
Swansea University Sports Facilities (including facilities open to the local community and the public)