Emmott Leigh, Sports Editor, reports as the AU celebrates at the end of season dinner.
On Wednesday 27th May, the annual AU reward ceremony took place at Exeter Castle. It was a well-received night in all respects, with plenty of festivities before the main event. There were either five or six nominations for each category, of which there were 16. Not only were BUCS clubs like EUABC recognized, but an award also went to non-BUCS club Windriders and Will Baker as best treasurer. This gave the night a feeling of inclusivity that credits the AU.
Among the recipients of the awards were the Riding club, who took home Experience Sport Club of the Year, Sam Skinner, who furthered his success of starring for Exeter Chiefs against Newcastle in a memorable first Aviva Premiership appearance by earning the ‘Fresher of the Year’ award, and Snowsports for their achievements in media.
Dr Bruce Coleman was honored once again for his services to Cricket and the University as a whole in the Contribution to Sport Award. This year’s recipient was Rich Carter.
Hockey captain Kathryn Lane was the winner of the Sportswoman of the Year, whereas Sportsman of the Year was given to Ike Ogbo of Boxing. EUABC also earned the distinction of Best Club Development and Team of the Year.
In the most hotly anticipated result of the night, the Men’s Rugby Union Club were given their dues as Club of the Year for a brilliant season.
After the event, 2014/15 AU President Andy Higham said: “The AU Dinner was a fantastic event that encapsulated the sporting success of the students here at Exeter. With over one thousand students competing in BUCS and over three thousand, seven hundred people involved in our intramural programme we had a lot to celebrate and I hope everyone thoroughly enjoyed their evening.”
Select results at the dinner:
Club Development – EUABC
Student Coach of the Year – Rhian Bethell
Fresher of the Year – Sam Skinner
Bruce Coleman Contribution to Sport – Rich Carter
Club Captain of the Year – Josh Clarkson and George Butcher
Sportswoman of the Year – Kathryn Lane
Sportsman of the Year – Ike Ogbo
Team of the Year – EUABC Club of the Year – EURFC
Emmott Leigh, Sports Editor