It’s that time of year again and that means it’s time for the 2019 TASS Stars Awards!

The finalists have been named in recognition of their achievements in sport and study in the past year and we are immensely proud to announce that BU’s very own Issa Batrane (Volleyball) and Liam Mcgarry (Powerlifter) are amongst the 15 Fifteen TASS-supported athletes finalists.

The shortlisted few come from a range of sports have topped scores during the nominations phase for accomplishments both on and off the field. Nominations were made by the individual sporting national governing bodies and the core services are delivered at TASS Accredited Centres throughout England. Nominations were made across five categories designed to celebrate the attributes of a dual career athlete: Most Determined, Most Inspirational, Most Committed, Most Potential and Athlete of the Year.

Bournemouth University’s & TeamGB Beach Volleyball player Issa Batrane has been nominated in the ‘Most Determined’ category, while powerlifter Liam Mcgarry has been put forward for TASS’s Most Inspirational athlete of the year.

An independent panel of judges including triple jump world record holder, Jonathan Edwards, Olympic medallist Samantha Murray and 2018 Star of the Year winner, Maria Tsaptsinos, have now been tasked with determining the five winners.

All fifteen finalists are invited to join senior representatives from the TASS network to celebrate their achievements at the TASS 15thAnniversary Reception on Wednesday 26 June where the winners will be revealed and presented with a TASS Stars Awards prize.

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BU’s Nominee Profiles

Issa Butrane: Volleyball

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Issa is in his final year at Bournemouth University and, as with any other student, does well to juggle a very busy course. But he does this whilst preparing and competing for the World Series of Beach Volleyball. Issa’ sport specific training has him active on dark cold mornings at the beach and then into the gym for 3-4 sessions every week. His playing partner Chris lives abroad, meaning Issa travels for training on a regular basis to enable the best training possible as a partnership.

Issa has a strong work ethic and has never wavered from this and this year we have definitely seen a real increase in progress and hunger to exceed expectations, setting Issa apart from the crowd in his push to be in the top Mens GB Beach team.

Issa has the ability to also give time to others and is a regular supporter at other sporting events giving encouragement and inspiration to other performers, he has also been part of the student voice as one of the TAAG athletes attending meetings and conferences on a regular basis. Issa is determined to achieve and has overcome many financial issues to continue to persue his dream as well as having good time management to maintain a high level with his degree.

Liam Mcgarry: Powerlifting

Image may contain: 12 people, including Nathan Perren, people smiling, people standing and outdoorLiam came to Bournemouth University as a keen Rugby athlete but suffered a shock spinal injury in his second year. This regrettably left him wheelchair bound and unable to participate in able body rugby again. It only took him 4 months of being bed bound to start his bounce back and then take part in an amateur para-powerlifting competition, just for fun!!

In his 3rd year placement he has been working at Southampton FC as a performance psychologist with the youth teams and has been inspirational with his can do attitude and already influencing younger athletes. Also during this time of only 7 months and following his powerlifting ability he was identified in having potential Olympic promise and become part of the GB national squad and given additional support through British Weightlifting and TASS. He has since increased his lifts from 70kg to 185kg and counting.

Liam’s positive outgoing attitude lights up the gym whenever he comes in, he is friendly, funny, compassionate but at the same time his massive personality doesn’t take away from his ability to identify vulnerability in others and provide mindfulness in the most testing times.


Both these athletes are a testament to the values of sporting athletes and act as inspirational talismans to BU and British Sport. You should both be enormously proud of the journey you have taken to get to this point, you have overcame obstacles many shy away from. We here at SportBU would like to wish you the best of luck at the TASS Awards. We’re sure you’ll go onto do amazing things in your futures and we are immensely proud to have joined you along your journey. – SportBU

Want to know more about TASS Athlete Support at BU?

Bournemouth University (BU) is proud and passionate to continue to support the development of athletes along their chosen sporting career whilst maintaining a very strong work ethic towards their academic career.

The partnership with TASS has enabled the Team at Bournemouth to create a personal supportive program with all the athletes to ensure the wellbeing is the main factor to any discussion or program engagement. We help students with any transitions that may occur and give advice and support to combine the academic & sporting landscapes so that you can continue maintaining success in both.


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