The wait for Sports Awards 2022 is finally over and there's a lot to celebrate!
As the academic year and university sport comes to an end, we were delighted to be able to bring our sports clubs together and celebrate their achievements at the 2022 Sports Awards. This academic year saw our students perform incredibly well and showed new levels of commitment, passion and determination. Team UoP have achieved so much in the past year alone and we can’t wait to get behind all of our clubs and cheer them on next year.
Six of our teams were promoted to Division 1, we won four South East Conference Cups, and came runners up three times, our Sailing Club came 5th in the BUCS Yachting Nationals and we had an astounding total of over 300 committee members, helping to shape sport across the year.
If Team UoP didn’t already do us proud enough, we also saw a whole range of individual wins, notably from our sport scholars. With a total of four BUCS Gold Medals, a Silver and a Bronze, and breaking a 20-year BUCS record in shot put at BUCS nationals, our scholars have helped to secure our position at 33rd in the overall BUCS table. Two of these wins resulted in Emily Niven and Ericas Luckauskas qualifying to represent the University at the European University Games in Judo and Taekwondo.
Not only did our scholars do us proud in representing Team UoP, but they also managed a whole range of wins outside of University sport. Will Grace ranked 1st in his age group for Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote and became the European Age Group Champion 2021. Serena Vincent came 4th in both the UK Athletics Indoor Championships and the European Throwing Cup. Victoria Vivona won a silver and two bronze medals at the Bracknell 21st Legend Open Shotokan. Fleur Schrader came 14th in Para-dressage at Tokyo Paralympics 2020. Emily Niven won gold in the Northern Irish Senior Open.
As well as performance sport and competing against other universities, we are also passionate about Student Development. We are incredibly proud to have had 53 student coaches in this year alone, 36 of which have upskilled through coaching and officiating qualifications. The skills our students have developed will perfectly complement their academic and sporting achievements helping to propel them towards achieving their goals in their future careers.
It’s clear to see that there is so much to celebrate and our students are so deserving of an evening dedicated to them, their sporting achievements and their determination.
The evening began with our Sports Reception which key stakeholders, our sports scholars and all the nominees for the reception awards attended. The Sports Reception celebrated sports performance, student experience and student leadership activities from across the year.
Following the Sports Reception, the Sports Awards ceremony carried celebrations into the evening. The Sports Awards offered attendees a chance for club and team photos, arrival drinks, a three-course meal, photobooth access and of course the awards presentation for club, team and individual awards.
We would like to congratulate everyone nominated, shortlisted and the winners of awards at both the Sports Reception and Sports Awards, we’re extremely proud of your achievements. All of the incredibly worthy winners and the titles of the awards they won this year can be found below.
Coach of the Year
This award recognises the hard work, commitment and passion that Team UoP Coaches give to our clubs week in, week out and all year round.
Jane Jewell - Netball
Luke Wiltshire - Volleyball
Winner: Daniel Fatomide - Basketball
Daniel has been the Men’s Basketball 1st team coach for the last 2 years, and the transformation he has made with them is phenomenal. Daniel has led the team to a historic league and cup double, playing 16 games undefeated, and a return to BUCS South East Tier 1A for the first time in 10 years. He has also taken it upon himself to reach out to local colleges and Basketball academies to recruit players to the team for next year, in order to increase the squad depth.
Contribution to Community
As a University we work hard to have a positive impact on the community we live in, to embed our civic footprint and be upstanding members of society.
William Harrington - U18 Assistant Coach
Jenna Davies - Netball Outreach Sec
Winner: Daniel Shoulders - U14 Head Coach
Daniel has been the Head Coach of the University’s U14 Girls’ football team for the past 2 years. Coaching teenagers can be challenging, but he delivers fun, engaging sessions and is committed to developing every player he works with. He has been committed to his own development as a coach and supporting other student coaches within the programme.
Student Coach of the Year
This award recognises the hard work, commitment and passion that students within your clubs demonstrate, through taking on a coaching role and delivering training sessions to your teams and managing them at fixtures.
Gracie Watson - Cheerleading L2 Non-Tumbling Team
Phoebe Moulson - Netball
Craig Colley - Basketball Men's 2's Coach
Winner: Will Hartley - Hockey Women's 1's Coach
Will has coached the Women’s Hockey 1st team for the last 2 years, often missing his own matches in order to ensure the team has someone to manage and coordinate them for fixtures. He has also stepped in to coach across the other teams when needed, and volunteered over 200 hours to coach over his time with the club.
Student Official of the Year
Officials are integral to the delivery of University sport, and this award recognises those individuals who are committed to carrying out these roles to ensure fixtures get played within the laws of the game.
Alfie Hornby - Lacrosse
Cat Sonkur - Netball
Winner: Max Terry - Football
Max has been a football referee within the Referee Hub over the past couple of years. Max has immersed himself in our Campus Sport and BUCS fixtures across both the Men’s and the Women’s games, to gain as much experience as possible, refereeing over 200 fixtures this academic year!
Volunteer of the Year
This award recognises volunteers who take on roles outside of sport-specific coaching and committee but support the delivery and development of your club.
Michael Asabre - Performance Analyst for Basketball
Winner: Charmaine Mei Ye Lim and Carolyn Henry - Strength and Conditioning Interns
Both Charmaine and Carolyn are strength and conditioning interns who work with our sport scholars, delivering around 12 hours of sessions per week, across 20 different sports. They are hard-working, knowledgeable, reliable, and committed to their own development. They have both contributed to the excellent student experience our sport scholars have had this year, as well as positively impacting their performance and results.
President of the Year
This award aims to recognise the President that has demonstrated outstanding leadership and club development skills over the course of the academic year. They will have brought their club along leaps and bounds, and wholly demonstrated what it means to be an exemplary President within Team UoP.
Cameron Maguire - Athletics
Annie Couchman - Netball
Adam Morris - Sailing
Winner: Carolina Bastos - Volleyball
Carolina is Mrs Volleyball! She’s been a massive presence in the club ever since she joined the committee as Club Captain back in 2018/9, and the move to the president only allowed her passion to thrive even more! Whilst it may not seem that way, this year wasn’t without its challenges for the club, with their coach leaving mid-way through the season, leaving Carolina to coach the Men’s and Women’s sides totally unaided. Furthermore, her passion for the club has created such an engaging and welcoming environment that the Volleyball Club were able to recruit in excess of 100 members this academic year. Not to mention that her captaincy of the Ladies' team led them to make history by reaching Divison 1 for the first time!
Outstanding Contribution to University Sport (Male)
The Outstanding Contribution award aims to recognise an individual who embodies the core beliefs and values of Team UoP.
Winner: Andy Hodson - Team UoP Exec
Outstanding Contribution to University Sport (Female)
The Outstanding Contribution award aims to recognise an individual who embodies the core beliefs and values of Team UoP.
Winner: Mia Elias - Team UoP Exec
Scholar of the Year - Performance
Scholar of the Year (Performance) is awarded to a sport scholarship student to recognise their outstanding athletic achievements throughout the year.
Emily Niven - Judo
Ericas Luckauskas - Taekwondo
Winner: Serena Vincent - Shot Put
Serena broke a 20-year BUCS record by throwing 16.13m in Shot Put at BUCS Nationals, resulting in her taking home the Gold medal. She has also thrown a new PB of 16.33m this year and finished 4th in the European Throwing Cup in Portugal.
Scholar of the Year - Special Recognition
Scholar of the Year (Special Recognition) is awarded to a student to recognise their dedication and engagement with the sport scholarship programme. This award reflects how much the student values the opportunities to develop themselves and is committed to every aspect of the scholarship programme.
Denesha Rocastle - Triple Jump
Emily Beach - Badminton
Joseph Ventre - Taekwondo
Winner: Simon Hall - Sailing
Simon has had a hectic competition schedule this year, both in BUCS and externally, but he has been committed to his training programme to ensure he is in the best physical shape to perform well. He has utilised mentor support from a previous elite athlete and sports psychology strategies to gain focus, and attended all workshops to gain insight into factors that affect performance. He has demonstrated determination, resilience, self-awareness and a positive mindset, and has been a joy to work with.
Sports Personality of the Year
This award, voted on by Team UoP club members, will recognise the individual who engages with and brings positivity to all Team UoP events and campaigns.
Milly Dodd (Women's Rugby)
Carolina Bastos (Volleyball)
Saskia Campbell (Gymnastics and Trampolining)
Connie Westoby (Dance)
Luke Stafford (Handball)
Kaitlyn Hall (Netball)
Timothy Gilmore (Basketball)
Chloe Fitzimmons (Women's Football)
Joseph Ventre (Taekwondo and Karate)
Winner: Kaitlyn Hall (Netball)
Half Colours may be awarded to individuals who have shown dedication, commitment or performance to a group or as an Individual to Student Opportunities during their time at University but do not fulfil the criteria for Full Colours.
- Aidan Stammers (American Football)
- Deon Haarhoff (American Football)
- Milton Vita (American Football)
- Barnaby Dougal (Athletics)
- Joe Malyon (Athletics)
- Patrick Bew (Athletics)
- Darren Chai Chee Hou (Badminton)
- John Mogaji (Basketball)
- Simon Olanipekun (Basketball)
- Charlotte Dashwood (Cheerleading)
- Megan Higgins (Cheerleading)
- Megan Jones Wainright (Cheerleading)
- Olivia Meakes (Cheereading)
- Jessica Lewis (Dance)
- Molly Brown (Dance)
- Emma Hind (Dance)
- Paula Orozco Fernandez (Fencing)
- Rhys Chetland (Fencing)
- Scott Hawthorne (Fencing)
- Kieran Simmons (Futsal)
- Oscar Hall (Futsal)
- Tomos Wilson (Futsal)
- Jake Pettman (Gymnastics and Trampolining)
- Robbie White (Gymnastics and Trampolining)
- Derry Asante (Handball)
- Tobi Dunlea (Hockey)
- George Harrison (Hockey)
- Tom Hattam (Lacrosse)
- William Bird (Lacrosse)
- Ben Manning (Men’s Football and Team UoP Exec)
- Harry Magee (Men’s Rugby)
- Lewis Cox (Men’s Rugby)
- Emily Baigent (Rowing)
- Luke Sullivan (Rowing)
- Dionne Hodges (Rowing)
- Martin Pezet (Sailing)
- Tom Brockwell (Squash)
- Xavier Crossman (Squash)•
- Dina Grosu (Volleyball)
- Rayne Marsh (Women’s Rugby)
Colours are a nationally recognised standard for student committee members who have delivered an exemplary service to their club.
- Andy Hodson (American Football and Team UoP Exec)
- Nathan Allatt (American Football)
- Nathaniel Thatcher (American Football)
- Cameron Maguire (Athletics)
- Ceri Abbit (Athletcs)
- Charles Taylor (Athletics)
- Freya Stanger (Athletics)
- Jessica Piper (Athletics)
- James Shaw (Basketball)
- Tayah Winslade (Cheer)
- Ivanna Maddaloni ( Dance)
- Lizzie Nash (Dance)
- Gianna Webbe (Gymnastics and Trampolining)
- Saskia Campbell (Gymnastics and Trampolining)
- Luke Stafford (Handball)
- Lauren Beedie (Hockey)
- Will Hartley (Hockey)
- Alfie Hornby (Lacrosse)
- Daniel Tobias (Lacrosse)
- Dara Utting (Lacrosse)
- Annie Couchman (Netball)
- Cat Sonkur (Netball)
- Kaitlyn Hall (Netball)
- Antonia Painter (Rowing)
- Adam Morris (Sailing)
- Luca Ward (Ski and Snow)
- Alex Paczy-Smith (Squash)
- Joseph Ventre (Taekwondo and Karate)
- Carolina Bastos (Volleyball)
- Chloe Fitzsimmons (Women’s Football)
- Hannah-Rose Thomas (Women’s Rugby)
- Sian-Ellis Owen (Women’s Rugby)
These awards are the highest level of recognition that the University of Portsmouth is able to bestow on individuals for Sporting achievement in the field of performance. Purples may be awarded to those individuals who, during their time at University, have achieved and performed at British/ English Universities Standard (or national equivalent) whilst at the same time representing the University of Portsmouth.
- Adam Dart (Athletics)
- Ceri Abbit (Rowing)
- Will Grace (Athletics)
- Emily Beach (Badminton)
- Emily Niven (Judo)
- Victoria Vivona (Karate)
- Fleur Schrader (Para-Dressage)
- Serena Vincent (Shotput)
- Ericas Luckauskas (Taekwondo)
- Joseph Ventre (Taekwondo)
- Finlay Morgan (Gymnastics and Trampolining)
The Unsung Hero award recognises individuals who have gone above and beyond to exemplify the culture that Team UoP holds, including spirit, commitment and positivity.
- Daniel Jones (Athletics)
- Timothy Gilmore (Basketball)
- Lily Vaughan-Smith (Cheerleading)
- Leah Floyd (Dance)
- Scott Hawthorne (Fencing)
- Veli Bulbul (Men's Rugby)
- Hannah Awoyemi (Netball)
- Dionne Moore (Ski and Snow)
- Victoria Vivona (Taekwondo and Karate)
- Nour Elgarem (Volleyball)
- Vilma Olofsson (Team UoP Exec)
- Craig Colley (Basketball)
Sustainability Club of the Year
This is awarded to the Club who has participated in and helped to develop more sustainable practices within their Sports Club and the wider Team UoP community.
The Sailing Club kicked off the year by winning Gold in the Green Blue University Sailing Sustainability Challenge for the second year in a row. Not only this, they have worked hard to ensure sustainability is embedded in their club, delivering sustainability presentations, organising clothes exchanges to reduce instances of fast fashion, and most recently organising ‘the Big Dip’ to fundraise for local environmental charities.
Media Club of the Year
This year more than ever, media has been the focal point for clubs to recruit members, gain sponsorships and more. This award, for the first time ever, will be awarded to the club that has gone above and beyond to creatively keep their media up to date and at a high standard.
Athletics have maintained an excellent social media presence this academic year, ensuring that they are active on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok - which has led to an increase in their following over these channels. They ensure that their members are constantly up to date with monthly round-ups, and have also introduced a weekly ‘what’s on’ so that members can engage not only with their club activities but also with the activities of other clubs. They have also created a customised promotional video that they use at Open Days, freshers fayre and is an excellent recruitment tool for the club.
RAG Club of the Year
The Raising and Giving club of the year award aims to reward a club that has been significantly engaged with fundraising events and opportunities throughout the year.
RAG has been a massive focus for the Dance Club this year, starting right from the very beginning with a raffle at their Freshers Fayre stall! In their first attempt post COVID, they delivered a phenomenal Sportos Dance Off event, raising an incredible £4622 from that event alone! As well as Sportos, members of their club have actively engaged with other volunteering opportunities, most notably continuing our good work with Portsmouth Food Bank. They have also engaged in national campaigns like the ‘Love your Leo’ campaign, aimed at promoting body positivity and tackling issues around body image within the world of Dance.
Varsity Team of the Year
The winners of Varsity Team of the Year will have put in an outstanding performance at Varsity 2022 against Southampton.
Winner: Netball 1st Team
After losing by 20+ points in the reverse fixture at last year's fixture, there wasn’t just the Varsity scoreline to think of whilst playing this fixture, there was pride. The Women’s 1st Team have remained dominant throughout the year, as they are unbeaten in all fixtures, but as Southampton’s team were in the Division above, the pressure was really on. And the girls definitely rose to it, with a final score of 50-29 to Pompey, the girls made history by winning that fixture for the first time in the club’s history!
Most Improved Club of the Year
This is awarded to the Club that has shown the most significant improvement over the last year in terms of organisation and dedication.
Taekwondo and Karate
Squash started off this academic year with only three members, so the odds were stacked against them from the start. However, they now finish the year with 30+ members, coming second in their newly entered local league, and their first ever women’s team has not only completed a full year of BUCS, but won the league and came second in the cup!
Committee of the Year
Our sports clubs couldn't run without their committee members. This award will recognise the committee that has gone above and beyond in communication, teamwork, organisation and participation.
Winner: Gymnastics and Trampolining
This year was a really hard year for the Gymnastics and Trampolining committee, who after transitioning to Sport and Recreation, found themselves in a tricky spot without having Ravelin open. The Gym and Tramp committee decided to turn every challenge into a positive, recruiting more members than ever before, maintaining excellent communication and delegation within the committee, and excellent communication to Sport and Recreation. They also even delivered their first Gymnastics Competition since COVID, which demonstrates the skill this committee has at working as a team.
Team of the Year
Team of the Year shall be awarded to an individual team within a club or a one-team club that has had an outstanding season in terms of performance during the previous academic year.
Basketball Men’s 1st Team
Squash Women’s 1st Team
Volleyball Women’s 1st Team
Winner: Netball 1st Team
The Netball team went into this season with high hopes after recruiting some excellent students and an excellent coach to the structure, this year the league was theirs for the taking and they certainly didn’t disappoint! Like Basketball, they also won both the Conference Cup and the league title, doing so in style, beating every opponent by excess of 20 points!
UoP Sport Special Recognition Award is an award that recognises an individual, team or club on achieving an unprecedented level of success in exemplifying the values of Team UoP.
After such a successful year for Team UoP, the Sport and Recreation Team felt that it was important to introduce an award, selected by the staff team, to celebrate an individual or team that exemplified the Spirit of Sport that Team UoP wishes to uphold. The UoP Sport Special Recognition Award is an award that recognises an individual, team or club on achieving an unprecedented level of success in exemplifying the values of Team UoP. These include, but are not limited to: sporting success, spirit of sport, community engagement and national recognition.
Club of the Year
The Club of the Year award aims to reward the club that has continually gone above and beyond across all areas of club delivery throughout the academic year.
Winner: Gymnastics and Trampolining
An outstanding year for Club growth, growing from approximately 30 members to over 80 members! They hosted their first post COVID comp on behalf of UGC, with over 70 attendees! They have had an incredible community presence (litter picking post Storm Eunice, winning and entering Sportos Dance Off). Throughout the year they have been competing well on a national level in BUCS, including first in the elite female vault in the country! and a doubles synchro trampolining pair making the final for the first time in history.
Have you been inspired by our sport scholars, our student clubs, coaches and volunteers and want to get involved next year. To get involved it couldn’t be easier simply join one of our 36 sports clubs or get in touch and talk to them about how you would like to be involved.
Think you have what it takes to perform at the top, while studying? Our sports scholarship applications are open now - apply before the 31 August for the next academic year.
If you want to get involved in coaching, volunteering or officiating for the next academic year check out our leadership and development pages on how to get involved.