Ryan Jones celebrates UWIC’s sporting success 

RUGBY star Ryan Jones attended a special event that honoured the various teams and individuals that have made sport at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) so successful.

Ryan, a former student at UWIC, attended the Sports Awards ceremony held at the Holland House Hotel which celebrated the sporting achievements of the last year.

Over the course of the evening several awards were presented to those who have made a real difference to UWIC sport.

Dave Cobner, Dean of the Cardiff School of Sport at UWIC, said: “The breadth, depth and quality of UWIC sport is once again clear to see. This awards evening is always a night of celebration which makes me proud to be associated with such talented, enthusiastic and committed young people and the coaches who develop and inspire them.”

There was also a surprise for staff and students at the ceremony when Ryan brought along the Triple Crown and Grand Slam trophies.

Mike Wall, Chief Executive of UWIC RFC, has fond memories of Ryan in his university days: "Academically Ryan was a very capable student, who enjoyed the challenge and achievement of developing his personal, social, academic and sporting career at UWIC.

“A talented and intelligent rugby player he thrived on responsibility and was not one to accept second best on the rugby field. As a former UWIC player he epitomises UWIC's RFC mantra and that is 'to prepare players for premier performance and beyond’.”

This year’s winners were:

The Frank Cartmell Trophy 
Best Sports Administrator/Organiser (Student)
Alex McInch 
Secretary of Men's Football - Established links with Welsh FA and league management putting UWIC Men's Football back in the forefront of amateur football in Wales
  
The Darren Griffiths Trophy
Most Successful student NOT in the Cardiff School of Sport 
Sean Kilroy 
1st year student, studying Health and Exercise Science a Llandaff. He has been the Irish age group boxing champion for several years, this years Welsh Open light flyweight champion and BUSA champion at Sheffield this year.
  
The Students Union Shield  
Services to Student Sport, EXCLUDING current students. 
Jon Pett (Cricket)
Ex-student, who now works in the Cardiff School of Management, has looked after Men's Cricket for six years, culminating in them winning the BUSA Indoor Cricket title at Lords in March. He has also been the Manager of Welsh Universities Cricket for several years.
 
The Most Improved Team / Player
A team or player who has improved on last year’s performance.
Rugby League 
The Rugby League team over the years has had its ups and downs, from being the Student Rugby League and BUSA Champions at 1st and 2nd team level, to being disbanded half way through last season. Tom Lewis-Jones and a few others have this year turned the club’s fortunes around and have won the Wales and the West BUSA league, and possible promotion for next season.
  
The Peter Bubbear Memorial Award
Most successful student in most sports 
Rachel Cork 
BUSA medallist in the shot putt; Welsh weightlifting champion and an accomplished UWIC Hockey player.

Fresher of the Year 
A fresher who is either an individual or team player who has shown outstanding ability 
Sean Kilroy 
1st year student, studying Sports Biomedicine and Nutrition at Llandaff: He has been the Irish age group boxing champion for several years, this years Welsh Open light flyweight champion and BUSA champion at Sheffield this year.
 
The UWIC Athletic Union Award of Merit
Club, Team or Individual for meritorious performance
Men's Indoor Cricket 
For winning the BUSA Indoor Championships, the final being held at Lords in March.
  
The Sportec Trophy 
Coach of the Year
Damian Jennings
Coach to this year’s BUSA winning women's Basketball team. Also Coach to the UWIC Archers in National League Division 1, and GB Ladies Coach.
  
Stuart Griffiths Team of the Year
Most successful Team of the Year 
Women's Basketball 
BUSA Champions. Achieved a Play-off place in the EBBA in their first year back in the National League Division 1.
 
The Most Valuable Player
 
The most influential Team member. Someone that the team can not do without.
Stefanie Collins
Current GB Basketball Captain, and was voted the Most Valuable Player at the recent BUSA Championships in Sheffield where she was part of the BUSA winning team.
  
The Presidents Cup 
Selected by the Student Union President (Adam Painter)
Women's Rugby 
For continued performance at the top level in both National and BUSA Premier Leagues and the development of players from novice to International standard.
 
The Principals Award
Principals Choice 
Men's European Rugby 7's team 
UWIC have had many BUSA Champions, but over the last nine years, UWIC have won the BUSA 7's event five times. Last year's victory made them eligible to represent BUSA in the 1st European Rugby 7's Tournament in Grenoble, where they beat a very spirited Leeds Met side in a scintillating final. They retained their BUSA title this week and are heading to Rome in July to defend their European Title. They are the ONLY British University side to win a European Universities title.
 
The UWIC Sports Personality of the Year 
Gwennan Harries 
RUNNER-UP
Women's Football, UWIC, Wales and last year represented GB in the World University Games.
 
Stefanie Collins 
WINNER
Current GB Basketball Captain, and was voted the Most Valuable Player at the recent BUSA Championships in Sheffield where she was part of the BUSA winning team.

For further information contact Kelly Harper, Communications Assistant:

Tel: 029 2041 6041
Email: kharper@uwic.ac.uk
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