Sporting Success Celebrated at the 32nd Annual Athletic Union Awards Dinner 2017
The University of Liverpool had a huge amount of BUCS success to celebrate at the recent Athletic Union Awards dinner on the 5th of May.
Going into the second semester with plenty to aim and challenge for, many teams didn’t disappoint. With a number of league winners some notable champions were men’s water polo, women’s water polo, men’s volleyball and women’s fencing who all won 1A, one league below the premier league competition. Alongside that, each team excelled expectations in the Trophy competition with women’s water polo reaching the quarter final, men’s water polo and volleyball reaching the semi-finals and women’s fencing going to the national final to unfortunately be defeated by a strong Exeter side on the day. Women’s fencing scooped our joint team of the year award having only lost one match all year and gaining promotion to the premier league for 17/18.
One league below, notable winners included women’s badminton 1st team who won our most improved team award on the night, women’s table tennis 1st team who won both their league (2A) and Conference Cup competition, and men’s rugby union who will return to 1A after only one year in the league below.
In BUCS individual championships Liverpool have had an excellent semester with pool & snooker picking up BUCS points, women’s fencing adding to their impressive team outing with two medals in the national sabre competition, and archery medalling in the men’s experienced compound competition. Nicole Davenport of athletics was a shortlisted nomination for athlete of the year having won silver at BUCS outdoors in the javelin competition.
A previous record of one medal being broken by gaining six medals at BUCS championships saw Gymnastics win the most improved club of the year award.
The ever impressive sailing club who had already picked up a silver medal through double hander pair Henry Edwards and Tomas Joesbury in the fleet racing championships had their 1st team qualify for the national team racing championships but unfortunately didn’t place on the day.
Another hugely successful club riding, had a lot of pressure on their shoulders having become National Championship and Trophy winners at the end of last season but both 1st and 2nd have won their regional events again and will compete at Nationals again in June, which earned them the Vice Chancellor’s award for highest percentage of BUCS points attained. The first team were the other recipients of the team of the year award with members being selected for the GB students’ team on top of their national’s qualification.
Water polo came out as the big winners on the night collecting club of the year, coach of the year and elite athlete of the year. As mentioned both first teams won 1A, with the men’s 2nd team finishing third in their league. The club hosted a charity tournament which had many other clubs participate in and also got involved in many other initiatives. Coach Anthony McGuinness received the coveted coach of the year award for the second time after leading his teams to such success.
Lastly, athlete of the year went to Lewis Daly, who was a vital member of the league winning men’s first team, and was selected to represent the England senior men’s team in Poland, and selected as a member of the GB squad for the world student games in Chinese Taipai in August.
It’s been an exciting year for Sport Liverpool and we’re looking forward to seeing what success we can achieve next year!