There was much to be proud about as Edge Hill University students and coaches celebrated their achievements during the 2018/19 campaign at the annual Sports Awards evening in Southport.
Team and individual accolades were revealed on the night, with the prestigious Team of the Year title going to the women’s basketball team, who were unbeaten in winning BUCS Northern 3A with a 100 per cent record. They landed the prize ahead of the men’s rugby league (runners-up in Northern 1A) and the women’s and men’s hockey squads, who both achieved promotion in their respective divisions.
Most Improved Club award went to women’s football team, who only missed out on promotion from Northern 2A on goal difference. Sports Personality of the Year went to Isaak Dalglish, a British champion para-badminton player who has also claimed recent silver and bronze medals at European and international level.
The Outstanding Contribution to Team Edge Hill winner was Sam Napier (men’s futsal), for helping inspire their improvement in 2018/19, while the Outstanding Individual BUCS Entry award went to Kate Meadow (gymnastics), who produced a tremendous display to finish third overall at the Nationals in February.
English Universities Representative awards went to Nathan Taylor, Lewis Fairhurst (both rugby league) and Anna Hollis (hockey), while Andrew Shaw (hockey) was given the Edge Hill Community Sport award for his efforts in going above and beyond for his club. This includes acting as a well-being buddy with Campus Sport, supporting students who have been referred to the mental health exercise programme; helping coach the women’s team; and organizing a charity event for Hockey for Heroes, helping raise nearly £400 for the cause.
Individual Team Players of the Year, and Unsung Club Hero winners, are noted below: