Becky Daly receiving her Sportsperson of the Year award from Ivan Whitfield

The Stadium of Light played host to the annual University of Sunderland Clubs & Societies Ball as over 250 students and staff gathered to celebrate the University’s sporting and society success this academic year

A packed Montgomery Suite enjoyed a wonderful three course meal before Vice President for Societies and Sports Deonte Jam began the awards presentation. With 20 individual and teams awards up for grabs as well as a host of club colours awarded there was plenty of success to savour.

Joining Deonte on stage to present the awards was Ivan Whitfield, Assistant Director Student Journey.

Ivan said: “I am delighted that the evening was a huge success as it showcased the wonderful and diverse range of activities taking place in sports clubs and societies both in Sunderland and at our campus in London.”

The Coach of the Year award went to John and Holly Bruce who oversaw the success of the karate club this year and coached a trio of students to gold medals in the Mixed Team Kata at BUCS Nationals in Sheffield.

Most Improved Team went to cheerleading after they beat off tough competition from Pole Fitness, Men’s Hockey and Women’s Rugby.

This years Special Recognition Award went to Women’s Rugby and their coach Andy Turnbull for their outstanding season where they were beaten just once despite having a very new team with only six players returning from the previous campaign.

The Ainsley Charles Award for the Most Improved Individual went to Katie Hughes who has worked her way up from the Netball 3rd’s into the first team as well as taking up Basketball, a sport she had never previously attempted before this year.

There were several prizes awarded to clubs, societies and individuals from the University of Sunderland’s campus in London, the first of which was Club of the Year at UoS London which went to Football.

The Individual of the Year at UoS London was awarded to Maria Ntoulellari from the Events & TEDX Idea Society.

The award for Society of the Year at UoS London was presented to the Travel & Tourism society while the final London Campus award for the Best New Club/Society went to Volleyball.

SportsByte Editor Chris Thornley was next on stage to present the SportsByte Reporter of the Year and SportsByte Performance of the Year awards.

Connor Bromley picked up the SportsByte Reporter of the Year award while Men’s Basketball were presented with the SportsByte Performance of the Year award for their exciting victory over Teesside at the TeesWear Varsity.

Volunteer of the Year was awarded to James Allan, who has logged over 500 hours of voluntary work during his two years with the university. This includes work as a sports coach, performance analyst and most recently as a strength and conditioning coach. James has been rewarded for his hard work with a paid internship with Premier League club Southampton where he will work as their U18s strength and conditioning intern.

Pole Fitness were presented with the Club Performance of the Year award for their performances in competitions this year, the clubs first as a competing team.

The Society of the Year prize went to the Malaysian Society for their Chinese New Year event which showcased the society’s vibrancy both on campus and in the city centre.

The award for The Individual Who Achieved The Most For Their Club went to Kath Green of Trampolining and Jade Taylor-Cockerill of Hockey who both went went above and beyond what was required for their clubs.

The Individual Who Achieved The Most For Their Society went to Rebecca Pittman-Wood of the Education Society and Francis Ezenagu of the Afro-Caribbean Society for their contributions to their respective societies.

The Afro-Caribbean society collected the Society of the Year award after a year where they hosted a variety of different events and represented the university positively.

American Football were rewarded for their charity events this year with the Club of the Year award.

The final team event of the evening was The Peter Fiddler Award for Team of the Year which went to Karate after their outstanding performance at BUCS Nationals.

That just left the Sportsperson of the Year award with firstly the karate trio of Maya Burns, Ross Billingham, Brett Billingham as well as decathlete James Finney picking up their runner-up awards.

Becky Daly was an incredibly well-received recipient of the Sportsperson of the Year award for her international performances in ten pin bowling which saw her represent her country at the World Championships in Las Vegas, a performance she has followed up with selection for the European Championships in Brussels next month.

The Clubs and Societies ball was organised by the institute of sport part of the Student Journey service, for further information please go to our website or social media pages. www.unisportsunderland.com, facebook: @uossport, twitter: @sportsunderland