Celebrating the best of the Light Blues at the University of Cambridge Sports Awards 2022

The winners of the University of Cambridge Sports Awards 2022. Image: Dik Ng (57452064)

The crème de la crème of the University of Cambridge was celebrated at its annual sports awards.

For the first time since it started three years ago, the event could be held in attendance at the university sports center.

There were a total of seven awards, six of which were selected by a panel of judges that included Graham Virgo, Senior Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Cambridge, and Emma Rampton, the Registrar, while one category was subject to an audience vote.

Team of the year were the women’s lawn tennis Blues, who made their debut in Britain’s Universities & Colleges Sport Premier South Division this season and surpassed all expectations to win the league and make the play-offs for the coveted BUCS to qualify for the Tennis Bundesliga.

Emily Arbuthnott, Anna Chesca and Georgie Walker took the team to a new level, with Arbuthnott and Chesca boasting a 100 percent win record in their matches.

Arbuthnott won a silver medal in singles and doubles with Walker.

Qasim Alli was the unsung hero.

He is the head coach of the co-ed lacrosse club and took it to new heights in his first year as a national champion. Alli studied and played lacrosse at Cambridge for four years from 2014 before moving away professionally.

He returned to Cambridge as a coach in 2020 and became head coach in 2021, with his training being described as “creative and flexible” and “meeting the needs of the varied abilities of the athletes at the club, somehow encouraging beginners while stretching the older players”.

Qasim Alli won at the University of Cambridge Sports Awards 2022. Image: Kane Smith (57453520)
Qasim Alli won at the University of Cambridge Sports Awards 2022. Image: Kane Smith (57453520)

The sporting moment of the year went to a crowd vote, which was won by winning the women’s Lightweight Boat Race.

They beat Oxford by 15 lengths and 45 seconds and beat the course record by three and a half minutes.

Phil Erm was the Sports Club Personality of the Year.

The canoe club member, who has a PhD from the Faculty of Zoology, has been described as the heart and soul of the club, attending every session and encouraging interest and participation in the sport within the Cambridge community.

The Sportswoman of the Year was Trinity College student Louise Shanahan.

She was selected to represent Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer and has since improved on her personal best to run the 800m, an Irish national record of 1 minute 59.42 seconds.

Shanahan won gold at the BUCS Indoor Athletic Championships in the 800m in February and silver in the 1,500m at the BUCS Outdoor Athletic Championships.

She also recently made her Diamond League debut.

Louise Shanahan at the University of Cambridge Sports Awards 2022. Image: Dik Ng (57452057)
Louise Shanahan at the University of Cambridge Sports Awards 2022. Image: Dik Ng (57452057)

The club of the year award went to the ice hockey club.

It was a season of change as the men’s and women’s clubs merged into one entity to promote and promote the sport in the city.

They had a record turnout with 67 members, 23 of whom were female, and there was a double varsity match success.

A sell-out crowd of 500 attended the Cambridge Ice Rink to see the women’s blues beat Oxford 6-3 while the men’s blues secured a 4-2 win over their rivals – making it great for both the men as well as for the fourth consecutive varsity win meant women’s teams.

A representative from the ice hockey club at the University of Cambridge Sports Awards 2022. Image: Dik Ng (57453525)
A representative from the ice hockey club at the University of Cambridge Sports Awards 2022. Image: Dik Ng (57453525)

There were six winners of the Outstanding Contribution award, namely Lou Lannelongue (modern pentathlon), Alice Birch (dance competition team), Chris Woolley (canoeing), Elliott Stockdale (rugby league), Tabbie Brough (netball and rugby union) and Camila Cimadamore-Wethein (Polo).

University of Cambridge sporting director Nick Brooking said: “After a challenging couple of years it has been a welcome return to a sense of normalcy and a great year for individuals and teams playing sport at Cambridge.

“This year over 3,500 students became sports club members, while just over 1,000 students represented teams in weekly BUCS leagues and over 1,200 represented Cambridge at individual BUCS events.

“The BUCS leagues played 511 weekly games, 11 teams won promotion and two national records were set. Cambridge appears to have achieved its best position in the BUCS ranking for many years.

Nick Brooking at the University of Cambridge Sports Awards 2022. Image: Dik Ng (57452048)
Nick Brooking at the University of Cambridge Sports Awards 2022. Image: Dik Ng (57452048)

“There were 153 varsity matches and in the collegiate leagues we saw 65 netball teams, 45 tennis teams and 73 football teams, along with many others enjoying the collegiate representation we hope will see them in.” will grow in the coming years.

“There are so many great people playing sport at Cambridge who all deserve recognition, but our winners this year have all shown exceptional talent, dedication and passion and I extend my personal congratulations to all of them.”


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