On Thursday 18th May 2017 400 student athlete and VIP guests arrived at the O2 academy for the Bournemouth University annual Sports Ball. The evening showcased the commitment, hard work, dedication and sporting success of TeamBU athletes and teams. VIP guests included; Vice Chancellor John Vinney, Chief Operating Officer Jim Andrews and BUCS representative Nick Burley, as well as, our Bournemouth University patrons, kit provider Viper10 and sister company Bournemouth 7s, along with SportBU staff.
With SportBU’s Barry Squires away on university business Nathanial Hobby (PR & Corporate Communications Manager) took the limelight as our host, commencing the evening with a questionable video of Barry Squires being shipped to China in a storage box! Additional videos of the night included a sporting montage of the 2017 season as well as a summary of the 2017 Varsity event, created by Nerve Media. Videos were aired between awards whilst guests were served a delicious two course meal, provided by Red Cherry Catering.
The awards ceremony saw Weightlifting have their most successful year yet, pocketing Team of the Year, as well as their team member Nam Ahmadi taking home Sports Man of the Year. Similarly, Golf were very well represented with Sports Woman of the Year awarded to Alice Kozlowski and they also managed to bag Strength & Conditioning Team of the Year! Finally in the most sought after award of the night, Sports Personality of the Year (as voted for by all attendees at the event) came down to a nail biting finish with just 3 votes separating the top two nominees. Congratulations to Men’s Cricket and Tennis player Baz Bignell who took home the trophy!
We hope all attendees had a fantastic evening and we look forward to seeing you again for the 2018 Sports Ball! Congratulations to our winners and to all athletes for another fantastic year! To our 2017 TeamBU leavers, thank you for all your hard work and contributions to TeamBU over the past four years. We wish you immense amounts of luck for the future and hope to see you at some point soon!
To see photos of the evening please click here!
Award Winners 2016/17
BUCS Player of the Year: Josepha Mbouma
Sportswoman of the Year: Alice Kozlowski
Sportsman of the Year: Nam Ahmadi
Most Dedicated Athlete: Jessica Pyne
S&C Team of the Year: Golf
Team Performance of the Year: Netball
Team of the Year: Weightlifting
Most Improved Team of the Year: Men’s Squash
Coach of the Year: Luca & Michael Dronyk (Men’s Basketball)
Sports Personality of the Year: Baz Bignell (Men’s Cricket & Tennis)
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