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In my first article of the year I said we were in for a fantastic year of sport, and to be pretty fair, I think that is what we have had. On Wednesday we’ll he hosting the LUSU Sports Awards, and it will be a fantastic chance to congratulate our successful university and college teams on their seasons. Over the course of the year we have seen netball courts ripped up, too much snow to be considered normal and a hell of a lot of ground frost meaning our grass pitches have been unplayable for weeks on end. But even with all this, our teams pulled through. I have seen college teams claim success for the first time in five or six years, and others hold onto the top spot for yet another year. We have witnessed the longest unbeaten run in a club for a very long time culminating in a last minute winner to claim promotion.
I have seen clubs come from the depths of despair and clutch victory from the jaws of defeat and it has been absolutely phenomenal.
My year in office has been the best year of my life and I would like to thank everyone involved for making it so. To the members of the college teams, you have once again proven well above your worth just how important sport is to the college life here at Lancaster, I applaud your efforts for this year. To the Sports Reps, who have given up nearly every Sunday in term time for Carter Shield, your efforts have not gone unnoticed by Erin and Dean our Inter College Sports Officers, you all have been absolutely awesome, so thank you. To Tom and Matt who have been Cross Campus Sports Officer, your support and help with the rest of the work I do has been brilliant and I thank you for it.
But rather than naming names for the rest of this article, I just want to say thank you everyone involved for an awesome year this year. BUCS matches ended and our sights were firmly set on York in May. We were so close to claiming that elusive away victory that I know York were nearly ready to pack it all in, but it wasn’t to be unfortunately. The effort and determination by all the competitors in Roses 2011 was second to none, and it was an inspiration to lead the Red Army. As I said in the Sports Council AGM last week- to those of you who will be leaving us this year, thank you for your service to sport at Lancaster, and let’s look forward to 2011/2012. In the next year we have the Olympics in London. More importantly, we have Roses at Lancaster. Thank you and good luck.