Celebrating a year of sporting success

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Bowland College celebrating multiple successes — Photo by Ben Robins

The Athletics Union had their annual awards ceremony on Wednesday 9 June and it recalled some of the superb achievements that Lancaster University has achieved in sporting events this year.

The ceremony opened with Vice President of Sports Sue Wynes giving a speech on the results that have contributed to Lancaster’s success in sports. It was predominantly a look back at Roses 2010, in which the Carter James trophy has returned to this University.

In the George Wyatt event Bowland dominated 595 to 564 with, Pendle taking second spot. Bowland managed victory through the women’s pool, captained by Tish Hallam as well as both men and women’s darts. The captains of darts, Billy Tosh and Megan Griffiths, showed great support and leadership throughout the competition.

The Carter Shield was awarded to Fylde, beating Grizedale by a narrow three points, 150 to 147. Inter-College sport dominated by Fylde, winning the Netball A League, Football A and B league as well as picking up the Lusu cup.

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The Winners

Teams of the Year
Women’s Squash
Men’s Football 1sts

Club of the Year
Fencing

President’s Award
Men’s Football

Carter Shield
Fylde College

George Wyatt
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Kim Montgomery, Director of Sports, came on to give the B Active Cup to History FC and the 6-a-side prize to Zenit St. Pongolle. She alluded to improvements for pitches and tennis courts both long term and short term. Facilities are sure to improve over the next few years with a high amount of investment going towards sports, beyond the new sports centre.

The BUCS Awards showed the success of Football, Hockey, Squash and Basketball at Lancaster. It is in these sports that Lancaster has shown its prowess this year, as many members have earned colours, full colours and in some cases the full Rose. Two flawless performances this year resulted in a shared Team of the year honour for women’s squash and men’s football.

Two trophies were yet to be announced; club of the year and presidents’ award. After an intense year of competitions representing both university and country in many events, as well as organizing many tournaments themselves, Club of The year was awarded to Fencing. The Fencing club said best moment was Roses as they made up for the year before and played well. On their future as a society, ‘We will have to work hard because quite a few of our players are leaving, but we are in a good position to build and improve.’ Only time will tell for the most successful club at University

The Presidents’ award, this year went to Men’s football. They stated: ‘Coming back in the final with ten minutes left is probably the best moment. But it’s been a good year being unbeaten in the league, the second team winning their league, and all despite injuries – we lost our captain Louis Rowland and we lost Alex Brandwood, and with that and postponements of matches we have had to adapt.’ When asked about next season, ‘We’re going up to league 1A, but have a good core of the squad and there is no reason why we can’t make an impression next season.’ Football is the sport that the University should be proud of and was essential for the Roses victory, this year.

Sue Wynes reflecting on a successful sporting year
Fylde collecting the A League football trophy (left). Fylde’s Ste Rutter and Aveline Cruickshank with the Carter Shield (right). — Photos by Ben Robins
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