Athletic Union Awards 2019
The 34th University of Liverpool Athletic Union annual awards dinner took place on Friday 10th May in the perfect setting of Anfield Football stadium. With a huge year of sport for the 53 athletic union clubs the 500 people in attendance had a lot to celebrate with various achievements and successes highlighted on the night.
The male and female club captain of the year awards were shortlisted to 4 students, each in contention for various achievements throughout the year. The female club captain of the year went to Niamh Keddy of women’s rugby league, for her work throughout the year in helping other university clubs set up rugby league clubs, and keeping up high retention numbers within her own club.
The male club captain of the year went to Kyle Gethings of men’s basketball who has excelled during the year in leading his committee successfully, bringing in better communication links with members and guiding a team to their first ever league promotion.
Next to celebrate was a new award, named after a club president of the Riding club, who sadly passed away last summer. The Hannah Daibell award was awarded to a member who has demonstrated commitment and support which has been above and beyond what may be expected of them. The worthy winner on the night was Holly Naylor from Korfball who helped develop the club from scratch and was nominated by her peers for her empathy and kindness to others.
The AU member and elite athlete of the year went to Megan Souness from women’s football and Flora Keites from golf respectively. Megan has been highly influential in increasing the number of women playing football at the university, whilst Flora became the first Liverpool student to win at a BUCS tour event since 1988.
Coach of the year, with four shortlisted went to Aaron Beech from table tennis who has previously been shortlisted. Aaron, a coach at Sport Liverpool for numerous years shows dedication and commitment to the club which earned him this honour, coaching all standards and leading three teams to league success this year.
Most improved team and top team went to women’s futsal 1st team and women’s badminton first team respectively. Futsal started the season after a near miss of two back to back relegations, and went on to win 1A undefeated and reached the National Trophy final in St George’s Park, just coming up short against a strong Hartpury side. Badminton came off the back of a strong year finishing second in 1A and went one better this year to win the league, and unfortunately lost the playoffs by one game.
Result of the year was a new award introduced, with the weekly winners of result of the week all going into the hat for contention. There could only be one winner on the night and men’s rugby league’s performance against Liverpool John Moore’s University team in the league won them the award, having beaten LJMU for the first time in years to secure the league win.
Most improved club was awarded to men’s basketball off the back of a year in which the club completely turned around the way it worked. They improved on their communication, the committee each had delegated tasks throughout the year, and their results improved across board.
The coveted Top Club award was a hard category to award, with each of the shortlisted clubs in huge contention. Trampoline, table tennis and tennis made up the top three selections with Trampoline coming out on top, due to the fantastic year they have had. . They had great results at the various competitions they go to, including BUCS, they hosted their own competition this year which saw over 250 competitors and the committee were keen to support and be involved in all AU campaigns throughout the year as well as raising lots of money for charity.
Sport Liverpool are currently sitting 22nd in the BUCS rankings league table and hope to hang on there until the final standing in July with little sporting competition left in the academic year, a remarkable jump from last year’s 26th position.