Thank you to everyone who attended our Sport Recognition evening on Thursday 6 June and thank you to Professor Ken Badcock, Senior Vice Principal for hosting the evening. Six of our student athletes received awards for their achievements and dedication to sport at Royal Holloway this academic year.
Sportswoman of the Year 2019 was awarded to wakeboarding scholar, Katie Batchelor, who has been an incredibly consistent performer in her sport throughout her time at Royal Holloway, achieving National Boat Wakeboard Champion in 2018 and second place in the Cable Wakeboarding Championships.
This year’s Sportsman of the Year was awarded to beach volleyball scholar, Javier Bello, who has competed across the world in destinations such as Australia, the Netherlands and Sweden and has now achieved 45 caps at a senior level. Together with his brother, they are now the highest ranked British Beach Volleyball pair and are taking big steps towards qualifying for Tokyo 2020.
Five College caps were presented this year to students who have represented their country on an international stage while studying at Royal Holloway. The recipients were Charlotte Hodgkins-Byrne (Rowing), Ivan Antonov (Ice Hockey), Jenna Bray (Fencing), Javier Bello (Beach Volleyball) and Katie Batchelor (Wakeboarding).
Sports Volunteer of the Year was presented to Sophie Russell for recording one of the highest numbers of volunteering hours of all of our students through her coaching of the Active Badminton sessions. She has also been instrumental in getting herself and four of her club members qualified as Level One coaches and also coached the Runnymede teams in the Surrey Youth Games.
The final award of the evening was the Frank Grimes Cup, donated by Mr Frank Grimes, a former member of the Bedford College staff and awarded to an individual who has done most to support and further sporting activities of the College. This year’s winner was Aadam Ahmed for taking great pride in ensuring the football social league is fun and inclusive of everyone. He has ensured that students have been consulted at every stage of decision making for the leagues and has helped to increase the amount of opportunities for playing through his passion and relentless effort to engage students.
The evening concluded with the opportunity for club presidents, sport scholars, sports volunteers and staff to enjoy some networking and good food.