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Your Sports Awards 2024 Wrapped

Your Sports Awards 2024 Wrapped

Students, staff and coaches across UoB Sport enjoyed an evening of celebrations and recognition at the Sports Awards 2024!

 

Introduced by Andy Allford, Director of Sport, we saw the event was hosted by Helen Coy, Participation Development Manager, and Amy Preston, Club Development Manager.

 

With 13 award categories this year, the evening was full of celebrations across our sportspersons, clubs, and coaches.

 

Read on for a breakdown of our winners!

SPORTS COLOURS

 

Sport Colours are non-performance-based and awarded to individuals based on a member’s contribution beyond their established role, going over and above for their club or for sport across the University. 

 

Presented by Gary Bilham.

 

Well done to:

Josh Woods (Athletics), Jack Kadansky (Boxing), Asia Abadie (Fencing), William Clark (Handball), Duncan Gladwin (Hockey), Lucy Dawson (Hockey), Paddy Walton (Hockey) and Sophie Flint (Hockey), Joe Quelch (Men’s Rugby Union), Abi Turner (Netball), Halee Robinson (Netball), Holly Gaiger (Netball) and Maisie Stearns (Netball), Daniel Rhymer (Snooker & Pool) and Jonathan Mulvey (Snooker & Pool), Caitlyn Byrne (Women’s Basketball), Sophie Jarrett (Women’s Rugby Union) and Susannah Chitnis(Women’s Rugby Union).

We then moved on announce our individual and team awards….

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

This Award recognises individuals who have committed themselves to a cause, activity, or event for the greater good of their club, University, or wider community. 

 

Presented by Jon Elsmore, Director of Student Affairs.

 

The winner of this award is Jethro McGraw! A dedicated alumnus, Jethro has voluntarily coached two individual athletes to silverware-earning Great Britain debuts – Tyler Bilyard and Zoe Hunter – in addition to seeing those two athletes win individual medals for UoB at BUCS indoor athletics championships and team medals at BUCS Cross Country Championships.

CAMPUS LEAGUE TEAM OF THE YEAR

 

The Campus League Team of the Year award aims to recognise and celebrate the teams that best embody the Campus League ethos of participation, good sportsmanship and enjoyment of the game.

 

Presented by Sophie Mallinson, Participation Development Officer.

 

MFL Society Netball were crowned the winners!  This year saw the club achieving its first win, after several years of straight losses in Campus League.

REGIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR

 

The Regional Team of the Year award aims to celebrate the achievements of some of our stand-out University teams that compete on a regional level within BUCS.

 

Presented by Matt Bridge, Deputy Head of the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences.

 

Congratulations to Squash Men’s 3s, who completed the double this season, winning the BUCS Squash Tier 2 League and crowned BUCS Midlands Conference Cup Final Winners.

CLUB OF THE YEAR

 

This award is based on the overall success of a club across a number of areas. This can include – but is not limited to – committee and/or performance achievements, developments and innovation within the club, member engagement and connection with the wider sporting community both in- and external to the university.

 

Presented by Luke Gunn, Head of Performance.

 

Birmingham Squash excelled as the country’s top team for overall BUCS Squash Points 23-24 – an improvement from last year’s 2nd place – and both Men’s 1s and Women’s 1s were crowned BUCS National Champions. Women’s 2, Men’s 2 and Men’s 3 – each won their league with Men’s 4 runners-up (behind Men’s 3). Off the court, the club secured two sponsorship deals worth £2000 – the biggest ever sponsorship deals which has seen the development of a new social squash programme, offering 3 committee-led sessions per week, Pay-as-you-go social squash memberships and the continuation of three teams in Warwickshire League, providing opportunity for our lower team players to have more regular competitive match play. 

GRADUATING SCHOLARS

This year we will see a number of our most successful, highest profile and longest serving scholars graduate.

 

Amelia Quirk

Amelia has consistently excelled on both the international and national stage during her time studying Biomedical Materials Science followed by postgraduate research within the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences. Highlights include a 5th place finish at the 2021 European Indoor Championships, along with several stand-out performances as part of the Great Britain Cross-Country team at European and World Championships. Amelia has also been an integral part of the club’s endurance squad winning multiple individual and teams medals, including the BUCS Cross Country title this year. 

 

Lily Walker

In 2022, at the end of her second year of study, Lily officially moved from Great Britain Hockey’s Elite Development Programme into the senior full-time setup, before gaining selection for her first World Cup held in Spain and the Netherlands. Her meteoric rise continued that summer when, as the youngest member of the squad, Lily won Commonwealth Gold for England in front of Old Joe on the Bournbook pitches. Lily was crowned University of Birmingham Sports Person of the Year in 2023. With over 50 combined caps for GB and England, Lily now has her sights set on selection for the 2024 Paris Olympics as she graduates from Social Policy.

 

Lachlan Moorhead

Following a stellar junior career, Lachlan has since become an established senior international athlete as part of British Judo’s World Class Programme. Career highlights, alongside his Business Management studies, include Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Gold and 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Bronze. The GB number one has competed at numerous European and World Senior Championships and recently missed out on Paris 2024 qualification by the narrowest of margins.

 

Yasmin Javadian

Yasmin graduates from Dental Surgery with the 2022 Commonwealth Games Bronze medal capping off five fantastic years at Birmingham. During this period, she has exemplified the definition of a dual career student-athlete, balancing international judo alongside Dentistry. Yasmin’s long list of achievements include two European Junior Championship medals, British Junior and Senior titles, BUCS Gold, alongside the Bradnock Prize in Behavioural Science as part of her degree.

Thank you to each of you for all that you’ve done for the University, Sport, the Elite Dual Career Athlete Pathway scholarship programme and your Clubs during your time with us. We wish you all the very best for your future endeavours. 

HALF BLUES

 

Half blues are awarded to those who have achieved either a BUCS individual medal or a BUCS Team Championship gold medal during the 2023-24 academic year.

 

Presented by Adam Witt, BUCS Administrator.

 

We saw nearly 40 students awarded their half blues across Archery, Athletics, Fencing, Hockey, Judo, Karate, Netball, Powerlifting, Rowing, Snooker & Pool, Squash, Trampolining, Waterpolo, Weightlifting and Rugby Union Women’s

FULL BLUES

 

Full Blues are awarded to those individuals that have competed internationally at a senior championships.

 

This category was presented by Olympian and UoB Sport Hall of Fame Inductee, Hannah England.

 

Well done to our award winners:

 

From Lacrosse, Lottie Davies and Jessica Westwood….

 

and from Squash Elliott Morris Devred, Moustafa El Sirty and Nika Urh

STUDENT COACH OF THE YEAR

 

This award aims to recognise current students who are regarded as having made the most outstanding contribution to club sport through their role as a coach, working closely with their club committee to direct the development of the club and support members’ personal and performance development.

 

Presented by Cat Hardiman, Sports Officer

 

Congratulations to Alex Barker (Women’s Football) for winning this award. Alex’s guidance this year has contributed greatly to the progression and success of the 3s team going the season unbeaten and winning their league.

Working with players on and off the pitch, Alex has supported the entirety of the club by stepping up and supporting the 1s and 2s on matchdays.

COACH OF THE YEAR

 

The Coach of the Year award is for an individual who is regarded as having made the most outstanding contribution to club sport through their role as a coach.

 

Presented by Colette Thompson MBE, UoB Sport Hall of Fame Inductee

 

This year Dean Miller (Athletics) takes the crown. He has grown the Endurance team into a record 150 club members, plus another 50+ alumni and associates that train with us locally.

 

The University also had a record 4 participants at the World University Cross Country Championships in Oman this February all of whom came home with team medals. Dean was the GB Team Leader for this trip – which is once again the first time a UoB coach has held such a role. In ParaAthletics, Dean led in school outreach and development of a para programme at the University alongside the Birmingham Athletics Academy which caters for 8-16year old beginners in the sport. Dean will be on the GB team staff for the Paralympics this Summer in Paris.

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION

 

The Outstanding Contribution award celebrates outstanding contribution made by an individual towards the continued improvement of UoB Sport & Fitness and the instances in which they have gone beyond expectations.

 

Presented by Simon Bray, Director of Campus Services.

 

Tara Hayes-Pankhurst (Active Residences) was announced as the winner. Tara has been working as part of the active residence’s activators team for 18 months. She has then supported the participation team in running Social Tennis, Social Badminton, and the delivery of kid’s camps. Her efforts have made a positive difference to students living in halls, Sport & Fitness members, students accessing the social sport sessions and wider members of the community.

NATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR

The National Team of the Year award aims to recognise and highlight the stand-out successes of a select number of our University teams that compete on a national level within BUCS.

 

Presented by Victor Ubogu, Hall of Fame inductee.

 

Well done to Cross Country Men’s, who were selected for a number of incredible achievements:

 

This year, the club have had their most successful year as a team, contributing to the most ever medals by any university at BUCS competitions and in a 150 strong competition. The men’s team this year completed their first ever clean sheet on the podium with Will Barnicoat taking GOLD, Tomer Tarragano Silver and Ollie Smart Bronze achieving Team GOLD in the BUCS Cross Country Long race. The Cross Country Short Team did not disappoint either with Elliot Morgan winning Silver, Sam Burkitt securing Bronze with overall Team Gold. Nine current students have also been selected to compete for GB at European level.

SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR

This is the highest individual accolade awarded by the University of Birmingham, in recognition and celebration of the very highest sporting level. 

 

Presented by Deborah Longworth, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education.

 

The nominees for this prestigious award were:

 

Para-Sport champion Didi Okoh, who is the all-time BUCS points scorer for UoB Athletics, with realistic aims of competing at the upcoming 2024 Paralympic Games.

 

England U21 Hockey captain and UoB Hockey captain Evie Wood, who is currently training with the senior Team GB squad following in the footsteps of the university’s strong hockey alumni.

 

GB Senior Swimmer and triple British Champion, Ollie Morgan who’s two gold medals at the Aquatics CG Championships secured his qualification for the 2024 Olympic Games.

 

GB Senior Athlete and U20 and U23 European Cross Country Champion, Will Barnicoat, who made his senior debut at the World Cross Country Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.

 

Congratulations to Ollie Morgan who secured this years title of Sportsperson of the Year!

Thank you to everybody who attended our evening of celebrations and made it so special! The Sports Awards always serve as an excellent reminder of just how much incredible sport and achievements take place across the year- and raise the bar for next year!

Event photo credits: Mark Assinder

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CWG Gold Medallist Lachlan Moorhead aims for Paris selection

CWG Gold Medallist Lachlan Moorhead aims for Paris selection

PATHWAY TO PARIS – University of Birmingham Judo scholar, Lachlan Moorhead, focuses on maximising his points in hopes of securing a spot at the Paris Olympics.

Lachlan has been practising Judo since he was just five years old, following in his father’s footsteps. Originally from Penistone where he was coached by his father, he is currently in his final year studying Business Management at the University of Birmingham.

 

When joining the University, Lachlan was awarded an EDCAP scholarship, providing him access to tailored support from the Performance Centre and scholarships team. This has allowed him to balance his Judo commitments alongside his academics.

The highlight of Lachlan’s career so far took place at the Commonwealth Games 2022 held in Birmingham, where he won gold in the 81kg class.

 

In the lead up to the Paris Olympics, Lachlan has committed to an intense competition schedule, travelling to events across the globe in efforts to maximise his points.

 

Next week he will head to the World Judo Championships hosted in Abu Dhabi, providing him with a final opportunity to hit the qualifying points for Paris in the summer.

Lachlan Moorhead at competition

We caught up with Lachlan in the midst of his busy competition schedule. Check out the interview here. 

 

His other achievements include securing bronze medals at the Kaunas European Junior cup and Junior Championships in 2019. Moving into 2021, Lachlan brought home a bronze medal from the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam and became a British Champion at the British Judo Championships, where he won the half-middleweight division.

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Shortlist announced for Sports Awards 2024

Shortlist announced for Sports Awards 2024

With just a few weeks until the University’s event of the academic year, we can now reveal the full list of Shortlisted athletes, clubs, coaches and teams for this year’s Sports Awards 2024.

Sports Awards with Outstanding Contribution on the screen behind.

Returning once again to the Brammall Music Building on Thursday 30 May, the evening will celebrate sporting success across 13 categories with the deadline for tickets closing on Wednesday 15 May.

 

Full evening details will be shared after the ticket deadline, but doors will open from 5.15pm with the Awards beginning at 6.00pm.

 

See our full shortlist below

Campus League Team of the Year

Chip Butty Albion

Econ Hockey

Kinvig Hockey

MFL Society Netball

 

 

Coach (non-student) of the Year

Dean Miller

Gary Humpage

Jennifer Barrett

Jonathan Tate

Michael Gayle

Sam Lee

 

 

Coach (student) of the Year
Alex Barker (Women’s Football)
Anna Lofts (Touch Rugby)
Bella McLeod (Cheerleading)
Holly Thompson (Handball)
Lewis Keates (Women’s Rugby Union)
Maisie Stearns (Netball)
Ryan Ralph (BJJ)

 

Club of the Year

Boxing

CricSoc

Gaelic Football

Handball

Squash

 

ED&I Award

Hugo Murray

Netball

Women’s Basketball

 

Full Blues

TBC

 

Half Blues

TBC

 

National Team of the Year

Hockey W1

Men’s Cross Country

Squash M1

Squash W1

Water Polo M1

Women’s Cross Country

 

Outstanding Contribution
Caitlyn Byrne (Basketball)
Callum Bates and Tom Hathway (Men’s Rugby Union)
Chris Davis (Hockey)
Rebekah Pink (Karate)
Tara Hayes-Pankhurst (Active Res)
Tom Park (Lifesaving)

Sports Colours

TBC

Sports Person of the Year
Didi Okoh (Athletics)
Evelyn Wood (Hockey)
Ollie Morgan (Swimming)
Will Barnicoat (Athletics)

Regional Team of the Year

Basketball W1’s

Fencing M1’s

Handball M1’s

Squash M3’s

 

Volunteer of the Year
Amber Lawson-Smith (Swimming)
Charlie King (Men’s Rugby Union)
Jethro McGraw (Athletics)
Jessica Carter (Hockey)
Maisie James (MFL Society)

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UoB set pace at Great Birmingham Run 2024

UoB set pace at Great Birmingham Run 2024

Last Sunday Sport & Fitness team alongside our positive members and students had a chance to take part in Great Birmingham Run – West Midlands’ biggest and best running event, with thousands of runners, walkers and joggers. All participants have challenged themselves to contribute to charity and gain unforgettable memories.

Runners pose ahead of Great Birmingham Run

The anticipation

 

This year’s edition reached the peak of excitement as all entries were sold out – it was impossible not to feel the anticipation and the scale of the event on the day. Commencing on Sunday 5 May, thousands of people started to gather on the streets of Birmingham to either support or participate in the running experience, making it a great way to actively spend their Sunday with close ones.

Route, band and a lot of fun

 

Both 10k and Half-Marathoners gathered on Broad Street at Centenary Square, where accompanied by vibrant music and supportive audience cheers, they all found themselves at the starting line.

 

During their journey, 10k runners could experience not only a dose of endorphins and sweat but also enjoy inspiring sights and iconic Birmingham landmarks – the city’s world-famous Jewellery Quarter, the Chamberlain Clock, St Paul’s Square and the St Martin’s Church. This was not everything for our Half-Marathoners who on their way to reach the goal had some more viewpoints including Selly Park and the return route in Cannon Hill Park showing the spring in full bloom and Edgbaston Stadium.

 

The day was full of energy and little events going on containing good music and entertainment. Great Birmingham Run hosted the local bands and musicians to support everyone throughout the run by playing boosting music, organising cheering points and even the karaoke point! Our team was also there with lots of participants from the Sport & Fitness community, supporting and running together in #UoBTeam t-shirts, spreading the fun and cheer on every mile!

Runners pose ahead of Great Birmingham Run
Runners pose ahead of Great Birmingham Run

On the finish line

 

Nothing can compare with the rewarding feeling of accomplishment combined with the soreness of the leg muscles at the finish line. We could all witness how exhaustion can quickly transform into the biggest smile and joy on runners’ faces, and even experience it ourselves with our community! The sense of achieving the goal after long weeks of preparation was even better when accompanied by new medals, t-shirts and bags filled with rewards.

 

Eddie Lynch (University of Birmingham AC and Cross Country Club) finished an incredible third in Men’s Half Marathon with a time of 01:14:18.

Sharing memories

 

On Thursday 9 May, we hosted the last Level Up Running Workshops, where our members and staff could celebrate each other’s successes, and share their experiences and memories. We also discussed future running goals and plans, as we knew this event had sparked the running excitement in many!

 

Our team wants to say big congratulations to everyone attending the event and thank all the supporters who gave us a regular boost of motivation during the run!

 

See you next year!

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Announcer role for Alumna Olympian in Paris

Announcer role for Alumna Olympian in Paris

PATHWAY TO PARIS – University of Birmingham Athletics alumna Hannah England has been named as one of the announcers for the upcoming Paris Olympics.

Hannah – whose career has seen her compete at World Championships, Commonwealth Games 2010 and 2014 as well as the 2012 Olympics in London – will be a sport specific English Announcer/MC for Athletics Track & Field, Marathon Finish and Race Walks.

 

With the Olympics taking place from 26 July, Hannah recently returned to campus and the Athletics Track as part of our wider Pathway to Paris Media Day.

 

Since retiring in 2020, her career has seen her work with the BBC as an Athletics correspondent and pundit, as well as offering her expertise trackside at some of the biggest sporting events.

Studying Biochemistry at her time here, Hannah caught with the media as well as comms teams from her former College sharing her experiences as a student, training with the Universities Athletics Clubs and how it impacted her career.

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History made at Athletics BUCS Outdoor Championships

History made at Athletics

BUCS Outdoor Championships

University of Birmingham Athletics Club rounded off a memorable 2023/24 season with even more medals at the BUCS Athletics Championships in Manchester.

Did Okoh smiling on track

Third year law student Didi Okoh won the 60m ambulant race as she moved to the club’s all-time highest individual BUCS points.

 

In her three years studying and competing, she has collection 76 points overtaking Commonwealth Heptathlon Champion and alumna Louise Hazel.

This year’s Outdoors Athletics saw Birmingham eclipse their previous best of 19 medals with 21 medals across all events. The club took 72 athletes (previous best of 65) and came away with 230 BUCS points.

The records kept coming as the Men’s team collected their highest-ever points taking, a club record the women’s 4x 100m team and Abby Ives back-to-back 800m  win means that Birmingham have won this event for the last six years.

Abbie Ives running side shot
Men's race ft Tyler Bilyard

Third year Tyler Bilyard, now holds both indoor and outdoor 1500m titles, with post-grad Jake Matthews and fourth year Craig Moncur both score points in 3 different events

See the teams full results below

 

GOLD 🥇

Didi Okoh, 60m Amb

Will Barnicoat, 5000m

Kimani Jack, High Jump

Orla Brennan, 400 Hurdles

Jake Minshull, 400 Hurdles

Thomas Bridger, Steeplechase

Abbie Ives, 800m

Tyler Bilyard, 1500m

 

SILVER 🥈

Fenton Bishop-Timings, Javelin

Jake Matthews, Shot Put

Tomer Tarragano, 5000m

Amelia Briggs-Goode, 400 Hurdles

Women’s 4x100m

Women’s 4x400m

 

BRONZE🥉

Charlotte Alexander, 10k

James Pratt, Javelin

Izzy Skelton, 400m

Lily Holt, High Jump

Martha Collings, Steeplechase

Elsa Palmer, 1500m

Men’s 4x400m

 

4TH

Sam Clifton, Hammer

Dani Hales, 100m Hurdles

Zoe Hunter, 1500m

 

5TH

Elisha Tait, 10k

Elisha Tait, 5000m

Rachel Wall, Javelin

Zion Ateba, High Jump

 

6TH

Jasmine Wilkins, 60m

Jake Matthews, Discus

Will Sutton, High Jump

Josh Woods, Long Jump

Holly Weedal, 5000m

Emilie Oakden, Pole Vault

Isaac Rothwell, 1500m

Men’s 4x100m

 

7TH

Emelina Darvell, Discus

Toby Cherry, High Jump

Ben Gardiner, 800m

Lottie Dewar, 800m

 

8TH

Finlay Ward, 10k

Rosie Hamilton-James, 10k

Isaac Hirschman-Chandler, 5000m

Craig Moncur, Long Jump

Archie Parkinson, 800m

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Birmingham Ivy League Exchange 2024

Birmingham Ivy League Exchange 2024

Just after Easter, a squad of 60 selected athletes, including five coaches, set out on a two-week student exchange to four Ivy League Universities from Harvard, Yale, Penn and Cornell, following in the footsteps of generations of Birmingham student-athletes before them. 

franklin field athletics track

An earthquake, storm, and the experience of a lifetime

 

The adventure began in New York City, where a storm welcomed the team in the heart of Manhattan. Even with the weather, some athletes eagerly ventured into Central Park for their first run! But this wasn’t the only surprise during their trip – following a rewarding Alumni gathering in NYC, the team faced an unexpected challenge – a magnitude 4.8 earthquake. Despite obstacles, our senior athletes and coaches had a chance to share their stories and network with the attendees, having a rewarding experience for both parties impressed by each other’s achievements. Later in the day, the athletes paired up with their student hosts for the three-night visit to the University of Pennsylvania.

Taking wins back home! 

The first competition took place at the iconic Franklin Fields stadium, where Birmingham League had a chance to experience and take three individual wins from our athletes, each achieving personal bests in the process:

 

Josh Woods leading in the Long Jump with 7.41 (PB)

 

James Pratt excelled in Javelin, with 64.74 (PB)

 

Jasmine Wilkins sprinted through 100m, with 11.78 (PB) – an impressive score putting her for consideration for the World U20 Championships in Peru later this summer.

 

A highlight of the trip came at the University of Connecticut Northeast Challenge, where the team shattered records and set the stage for future successes. The quartet of Molly Swingler, Jasmine Wilkins, Zoe Austridge and Maddie Whapples came away with a New University Club Record of 47.13s in the Women’s 4×100 relay.

 

We wanted to say a huge congratulations to all participants and our winners!

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A Journey Across Four Universities

 

After successful and exciting days with our friendly host at the University of Pennsylvania, the journey continued to Cornell University, where the team had to experience a solar eclipse, embracing the time to recover and train in world-class facilities voted one of the top in the US.

Arriving at Harvard, the athletes were greeted by their fellows. Having a full day in Boston, the team toured the impressive campus before visiting the famous Fenway Park for an evening at the Red Sox baseball game – a truly cultural experience.

Arriving at Yale University for the final stage of their journey, the team enjoyed a leisurely four days in New Haven, focusing on recovery, training and sightseeing, including a campus tour, Cherry Blossom Festival, beach visit and more.

Sharing his experience, Luke Gunn – UoB Sport Head of Performance – said:

 

 

“I would like to extend a huge thank you to all of you at the University who assisted in making this event happen be it through fundraising, assistance with logistics or just shared passion for this amazing exchange. We are so proud of this wonderful relationship we have with all 4 universities as it anchors us in connections with counterparts across the pond with similar passions, problems and ambitions.”

The University of Birmingham will be hosting the next exchange in 2026, where we will see the best athletes from Penn and Cornell competing on campus! The Ivy League exchange has been taking place since the 1960s and, based on the enthusiasm from all parties, it’s easy to see this continuing through to the 2060s and beyond.

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Secure your tickets for Sports Awards 2024

Secure your tickets for Sports Awards 2024

Clubs, coaches and recreational teams can now secure their seats for this year’s Sports Awards 2024 evening taking place on Thursday 30 May 2024.

Nominations closed last month across the 13 categories which celebrate the sporting success of the Universities competitive and recreational representatives, welcome over 250 applications this year.

Returning once again to the Brammall Music Building, general tickets for this year’s Awards can now be secured by filling out our online form, open from today.  In a slight change to the usual proceedings and to allow for more availability, individuals can now book their place, as well as up to an allocation of four additional places.

 

There are 200 general tickets allocated and are based on a first-come-first-served basis, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment. To allow for inclusivity, some larger clubs may be capped at the discretion of the Club Development team to ensure all clubs/teams can be represented.

Please note, all shortlisted nominees across each category will each receive an additional ticket for a guest to join them on the evening. Shortlisted nominees will be contacted at the beginning of May, and any duplicated ticket bookings as a result of earlier bookings will be managed by our team.  

 

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Students receiving plaque on stage

To book, CLICK HERE and simply provide your details, the names and email addresses of those attending in your party as well as their respective club/team. Once submitted, each individual will receive a confirmation email – these may not be sent out immediately, but our team will look to process confirmations twice a week. There will also be an option to include an accessibility support that may be required, such as a BSL interpreter. 

 

This year’s event will welcome back last year’s compères Club Development Manager Amy Preston and Participation Manager Helen Coy, alongside a welcome from the University’s Director of Sport Andy Allford.

 

Guest presenters will also introduce each of our awards, with official photographs as well as the chance to have your own group photographs courtesy of Take That Photo.

Champagne glasses in pyramid shape on serving table

Attendees will enjoy a welcome drink on arrival, as well as food options post-awards as well as musical entertainment from the University Music Society ensemble.

 

Keep an eye on the UoB Sport social channels and website for updates, as well as news of this year’s shortlisted nominees in the build-up to Thursday 30 May.

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Swim scholar Ollie Morgan World’s third fastest in Olympic qualification

Swim scholar Ollie Morgan World’s third fastest in Olympic qualification

PATHWAY TO PARIS – Third year EDCAP scholar Ollie Morgan stunned crowds at the recent British Swimming Championships with a record-breaking swim, securing him a place in the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Ollie’s swimming journey has been one to watch, initially joining the University of Birmingham Swimming Club alongside studying Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. In his second year, Ollie was recognised for his outstanding performance in the pool and awarded an EDCAP (Elite Dual Career Athlete Pathway) scholarship.

 

This week, Ollie became the third fastest 100m Backstroke in the world with a time of 52.70 breaking Liam Tancock’s long-standing British record. His attention will now turn to the 200m event taking place this Sunday. 

Scholar Ollie Morgan performing the backstroke, arm out of the water wearing a red hat.

Through the scholarship programme delivered by the Performance Centre, Ollie has received tailored support and access to specialist resources to help progress his swimming career to the next level.

 

It’s been an incredibly successful year for the swim scholar, with a number of club, University and BUCS records broken.

In April 2023, Ollie became a triple British Champion winning the 50m, 100m, and 200m Backstroke at the British Championships. From this, he then gained his first ever selection to represent Great Britain at the World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, securing a ninth place ranking.

 

At just 20 years old it has been incredible to see Ollie progress from strength to strength, with much owed to Swimming head coach Gary Humpage and his team within the UoB Swimming team. 

Close up shot of Ollie Morgan wearing red swim cap and goggles on head
Ollie Morgan and Gary Humpage
Image: Instagram, @ollie.morgannn

Speaking on Ollie’s Paris qualification, Gary said: “We are on an incredible journey that started back in October 2021 when Ollie joined us at UOB, I could see he had an incredible talent and had many technical traits of a top class international swimmer.

 

“Ollie becoming triple British champion last year was an incredible achievement that has only ever been achieved once before. From that point, the Olympics was an achievable goal, and since then we have worked everyday on the details that would take us there and formulated a strategy and race plan for the trials to make the Olympic team.

 

“We had an idea of what it would take to win at the trials and worked on the race segments that would lead us to that time in training every session.

To see Ollie race at the Olympic trials was incredible experience and one that I will never forget. We have an incredible team culture within UoB Swimming, the positivity of our team members has really helped in training and competition to achieve incredible results along with the superb support from our MDT team.

 

“I’d like to thank everyone involved. I am absolutely thrilled for Ollie to achieve what he has worked so hard for.”

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Introducing ‘Pathway to Paris’ series

Introducing ‘Pathway to Paris’ series

With all eyes turning towards this year’s summer Olympics taking place in Paris, we’re taking you with us as we showcase the role that students, coaches, alumni and the University will play this 2024.

From athlete hopefuls to media commentary, Birmingham students past and present will be hopeful of helping shape a new sporting legacy following the success of the Commonwealth Games, hosted in Birmingham back in 2022.

 

That’s why we’re bringing readers a new blog series PATHWAY TO PARIS as we highlight the journey that our talented sportspeople at the University are about to embark on. 

A general view of the Squash court as Saurav Ghosal of Team India and Paul Coll of Team New Zealand compete in the Men's Singles Squash at University of Birmingham Hockey & Squash Centre for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

The 2024 Olympics in Paris mark a historic return to the city that last hosted the Games in 1924.  Coinciding with the centenary of the last Paris Games, the city is undergoing extensive preparations, revitalizing infrastructure and creating state-of-the-art venues to welcome athletes and spectators from around the globe.

 

Kicking off on Friday 26 July, this year’s Games will close on Sunday 11 August. Over the next few months, some of our EDCAP and Sport scholars will be taking part in competitions and qualifiers, alongside our world-class sports coaches taking international roles.

 

Watch this space for all the latest selection news. 

With sport very much on the agenda, we caught up with University of Birmingham’s Director of Sport, Andy Allford, to preview an exciting few months building up to the Games.

 

Q: Andy, you’ve experienced an Olympics before first-hand, what is it like to be a part of?

 

A: I’ve been lucky enough to go to two Olympic Games, Beijing as a support staff member and London as an Olympic Team Leader. I was very proud to be part of TeamGB, and it can also be a strange experience as the Olympic Village is effectively a bubble! You have all of these amazing sportspeople all in one place. Your job as an Olympic Team Leader is to ensure the noise around the games doesn’t affect the athlete. 

Q: How have your experiences shaped your career?

 

A: There was much to learn being in the High Performance system, but when sport becomes emotive, it definitely has helped me keep a cool head when the stakes are high at a Games time. The approach to Wellbeing was also useful as the basics (sleep, nutrition, etc) all aid performance at every level. 

Q: Students, staff and alumni will all be involved in Paris, what role is Birmingham playing on the international sport stage? And what are you most excited about?

 

Birmingham has a rich history in sport, being the first UK institution to introduce a sports-based degree option for students back in the 1940s. Since then, we have been at the forefront of perfomance and research, culminating in the Commonwealth Games two years ago – where athletes, coaches and University staff all experienced the work that goes into hosting a global, multi-sport event.

 

TeamGB Pursuit Cyclist Paul Manning, now involved in the backroom staff is one of our most prolific Olympians alongside numerous graduate hockey players to name a few. We’re also a world-class facility, hosting the legendary Team Jamaica two weeks prior to the 2012 London Olympics, before they went on to win 12 medals! 

 

I am most excited about seeing how our students and alumni all get on in Paris. To be involved is an achievement in itself, and everyone at UoB Sport will be cheering them on all the way! 

Wide shot of outdoor pitches at night (water based, tennis/netball and Bournbrook 3G)