Celebrating sporting excellence: Athletic Union Awards 2023

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The 37th annual Athletic Union Awards Dinner took place recently at the iconic Liverpool Football Club, with over 500 enthusiastic students, esteemed guests, influential alumni, and senior management of FRCS filling the venue.

The event celebrated the outstanding achievements of AU members, recognising exceptional individuals and teams. The night was not only filled with accolades but also with a huge donation of £12,000 to the chosen charity of the year, KIND.

Among the highlights of the evening were the prestigious awards, carefully selected by a dedicated student committee.

The winners were as follows:

Best Performing BUCS Club: American Football - The team had an undefeated season and clinched victories in both the league and conference cup. Their remarkable progress continues to impress.

Top Club: Lacrosse - The Women's 1st team secured a spot in the Premier League for the first time, triumphing in the playoffs. The Women's 2nd team also emerged as league winners, with both teams maintaining an undefeated record. The 3rd team finished in third place, showcasing the growth of the club. The club's dedication extended beyond the field, as they actively participated in fundraising for Movember and breast cancer research. A united and progressive club moving forward together.

Top Team: Men's Water Polo - They claimed the BUCS Trophy by defeating Cambridge 9-7 and later clinched victory in the Christie competition on the same day. Their impressive performance led them to a second-place finish in League 1A.

Most Improved Team: Futsal - The team achieved a third successive league triumph and are currently competing in the play-offs for the North Premier League. Their constant improvement is driving them to higher levels of achievement.

Most Improved Club: Women's Football - Despite facing several challenges, the club's strong and unified committee managed to increase membership, performance, and team spirit. Continual coaching support aids their progress, and they are eager to expand the number of teams in the future.

Club Presidents of the Year: Max Naylor (Hockey) and Sophie Taggart (Women's Football) - Max and Sophie exhibited exceptional leadership skills, demonstrating empathy and support in their roles as club presidents. They effectively manage the challenges that come with leading prominent clubs, earning the respect of their club members.

Digital Award: American Football - This club stood out by consistently enhancing their social media presence. They livestreamed games, highlighted standout players each week, and actively participated in both AU and club-specific campaigns.

Hannah Daibell Award: Amber Hawes (Korfball) - Amber exemplifies a caring student leader who goes above and beyond to support others. Her role as Club President sees her offering unwavering support and friendship to anyone in need. She is highly respected by her fellow club members.

Community Award: Hockey - The club dedicated itself to fundraising charity, raising nearly £5,000. They complemented this by taking hockey into the community via KIND.

AU Student of the Year: Mia Gerrard (Korfball) - Mia's unwavering commitment to the sport was evident as she played for multiple teams over the same weekend, ensuring fixtures were fulfilled. She communicates effectively and readily goes the extra mile for her teammates, even driving to events. Her engaging and positive energy knows no bounds.

BUCS Result of the Year: Water Polo M1 vs. Cambridge - in the trophy finals.

Coach of the Year - Joe Ryan Futsal – with unwavering commitment, he has propelled the club to new heights with consistent progress. He is the go-to person for inspiration and guidance.

Athlete of Year: Rachel McCune (Tae Kwon Do) – This year Rachel celebrated individual success and was part of the World Junior Championship team.

Outgoing AU President, Luke Almedia delivered a heartfelt speech and reminisced about his year in post, with great memories from the victories in the Christie and Varsity competitions.


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