UEL celebrate another year of their sporting success at annual awards presentation
PUBLISHED: 14:00 04 June 2018
The University of East London celebrated another year of sporting supremacy at the ninth annual Sports Awards at Indigo at The O2.
Prizes were awarded to students for their accomplishments on and off the field, while a lifetime achievement award was given to the former West Indian cricket captain Clive Lloyd CBE.
The Guyanan born all-rounder, who led the West Indies to successive World Cup titles in 1975 and 1979, was awarded for his stellar cricketing career.
“If you’re doing anything, do it well.” Lloyd said.
“Always think of getting to the top. That should be your ultimate aim. To be the best at everything you do.”
Before the awards were handed out, UEL’s new Director of Sport Matthew Tansley spoke about how proud he felt to work with the high calibre of student athletes at the University, highlighting the current students and alumni who represented their countries at the Commonwealth Games in Australia this year and the incredible achievements in team sports by UEL students.
The UEL’s women’s athletics quartet of Corinne Humphreys, Maya Bruney, Lauren Russel and Shannon Hylton, as well as Joe Ikhinmwin (basketball), Owen Edwards (fencing) and canoeists Zac Allin and Chris Bowers, received international excellence awards for their feats on the world stage.
Paralympic thrower Vanessa Wallace capped another brilliant year by grabbing the Mike Brace CBE award for Individual Achievement of the Year.
“I wasn’t expecting it at all, I’m very honoured.” Wallace said.
“UEL has contributed so much, they are an integral part of my training, and keeping me going with my career.”
The taekwondo team were named Club of the Year, with the rowing club receiving Most Improved Club of the Year, and Coach of the Year given to Tope Ali-Balogun of the women’s basketball team.
Team Achievement of the Year went to the men’s volleyball team and the Director of Sport Premier Award went to the women’s basketball squad who became the sixth UEL team to reach their top BUCS league.
Off the field, awards were given to Students of the Year, Robson Friend of the Sports Journalism, Natalie Crosby in Sports Therapy and Kehinde Ademola in Sport & Exercise Science.
The Vice Chancellor’s Service to Sport awards were given to Lloyd Makhanya (men’s football), Dom Stevens, Ish Gwegweni (both men’s basketball), Jade Baker (taekwondo) and Rob Wheeler (marketing and futsal).
Sports Development Manager James Kilden presented tennis specialists WimX with the Partner of the Year award.