Over 800 students and guests celebrated yet another year of outstanding sporting achievement at the annual University of Strathclyde Sports Awards Ball, held at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel on Saturday 22 February 2020.
This was the largest Sports Ball to date, with attendees joining from over 50 sports clubs at the University, as well as guests of honour, alumni Gordon Bulloch and Richard Yule who were inducted to the Hall of Fame for their sporting success in Rugby and Table Tennis respectively.
The evening commenced with the traditional pre-Ball Blues Reception, with award winners joining staff and members of the Sports Executive Committee for welcome drinks and presentation of trophies. We were also delighted to be joined by representatives from the Gym Rental Company, who generously sponsored Sports Ball this year.
Students entered the venue for the main event and were greeted by compere Ewan ‘Mubs’ Mowat who led proceedings alongside Sports Union President, Maddy Watson. A three-course meal was intermingled with presentation of the Club of the Year and Team of the Year awards, as well as launch of the official 2020 Sports Union video.
Entertainment was provided by the Strathclyde Jazz Band, ceilidh trio The Reel Stramash and DJ Kwaku.
Speaking at the event, Maddy said:
“We have spent a great deal of time planning and organising Sports Ball and looking for ways to invest in and add value to the evening this year.
Socialising with fellow club members is such a huge part of the student sport experience and thanks to sponsors, the Gym Rental Company, as well as colleagues within the University and Strath Union, I think we have delivered the best Sports Ball yet.
It’s been an absolute pleasure to celebrate the achievements of our #strathletes. It’s been the best night of my life.”
Ryan McCormack (Curling) was named Sportsman of the Year, while fellow performance sport scholar Laura Milne (Canoe) was acclaimed as Sportswoman of the Year. Alessandro Schenini received the Best 1st Year Award for achievements in Athletics during his maiden University year.
Muay Thai, whose membership has soared since opening of Strathclyde Sport, were awarded Club of the Year, while Men’s Ultimate Frisbee won Team of the Year for their unparalleled success in BUCS competition.
Award Winners List
Hall of Fame – Gordon Bulloch (Rugby) & Richard Yule (Table Tennis)
Rolls Royce Award, Sportsman of the Year – Ryan McCormack (Curling)
Thomson Trophy, Sportswoman of the Year – Laura Milne (Curling)
Duncan Mathieson Trophy, Best 1st Year – Alessandro Schenini (Athletics)
David Telford Trophy, Team of the Year – Men’s Ultimate Frisbee 1s
Graduates Trophy, Club of the Year – Muay Thai
Outstanding Contribution to Coaching – Anna Asund (Handball)
Outstanding Contribution to Sports Club – Euan Stewart (Judo)
Honorary Life Membership of Sports Club – Joshua Arthy (Men’s Hockey)
Honorary Life Membership of Sports Club & Sports Union – Shona Oliphant (Woman’s Hockey)
Full Blues – Emily Craig, Fraser Angus, Lewis McGuire (all Athletics), Jacob Holmes (Canoe), Luke Carson, Robin McCall (both Curling) & Niamh McCall (Netball)
Honorary Full Blue – Alasdair Schreiber, Grant Hardie & Stuart Taylor (all Curling)
Half Blues – Carolyn Harvey, Greg Kelly, Jack McKenna, Lewis Brown (all Athletics & Cross Country), Ronan Welch, Mike Simpson (both Rowing), Katie Taylor (Swimming), Andrew Warnock. Cameron Mackie, Erina Brown & Iain Tait (all Ultimate Frisbee).