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Two events – one for the University’s sports clubs, and one for the societies - were held by Chester Students’ Union (CSU) to mark the end of the academic year.

This year saw a record breaking 152 sports clubs and societies in existence at the University, with five new sports starting up in 2018-19. Activities have included fundraising, with the current total at over £28,000 for charities such as World Animal Protection, British Heart Foundation and Mind.

The sports presentation evening, held at Chester Racecourse, was attended by 440 students as well as special guests, Councillor Bob Rudd (Garden Quarter ward) and Dr Chris Haslam, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic, Recruitment, Quality and the Student Experience) at the University.

The Sport of the Year trophy went to the Cheerleading Club, which has raised over £2,000 for charity. The Club also secured Grand and Ultimate Champions at Future Cheer Competitions.

Amelia Deponeo, Cheerleading Club Captain, said: “It’s been the best year yet for the Chester Vixens, with cheer and pom achieving their highest competition scores in history, group stunt becoming national champions for the first time, and prep squad securing a BBL (British Basketball League) contract. We’ve also been very active in our charity work, raising over £2,000 and launching an awareness campaign for a cause close to our hearts. Our coaches have worked tirelessly to make all of this happen and we couldn’t be prouder.”

Motorsports was awarded Best New Sports Club for outstanding contribution within their first year. The Club competed in the British Universities Karting Championship (BUKC) and was 26th out of 51 teams - receiving BUKC New Team of the Year.

Patricia Bennett from the Pool sports club was awarded Sports Person of the Year, achieving great sporting success in her final year of University. Patricia was selected for England Home Nations and was the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) eight ball pool championships 2019 individual semi-finalist.

Other winners included:

  • BUCS Team of the Year: Women’s Water Polo
  • Coach of the Year: Ryan McGill and Stamatis Magafas, Women’s Basketball
  • CSU Unsung Hero: Ellie Fitchett, Women’s Rugby Union
  • CSU Members Choice: Women’s Lacrosse
  • CSU Special Recognition: Men’s Basketball
  • Sports Personality (Male): Kieran Palmer, Squash
  • Sports Personality (Female): Tara Steele, Dance.

Separately, the Societies Awards were held at the University’s CH1 bar, where the value that societies add to the student experience was recognised and celebrated.

Over 70 students saw Orchestra win Society of the Year, with its outstanding fundraising efforts, including raising over £1,000 for charity and performing to the local community.

Gemma Smith, President of Orchestra, said: “I am so proud of every member of Orchestra. We have worked incredibly hard this year as a team and achieved fantastic things from start to finish. Our charity and community work has helped so many people and we have all had a lot of fun in the process. Thank you to our committee, members and everyone that has helped us achieve what we have - what an incredible year!”

Other winners included:

  • Best New Society: Barbershop
  • Small Society of the Year: Nutrition
  • Society Development of the Year: Spanish
  • Society Person of the Year: Gemma Smith, Orchestra
  • Society Personality (Male): Daryl Blair, Drama
  • Society Personality (Female): Olivia Williamson, Barbershop.

Voted for by Sports and Societies members themselves, the Events Society won the Members’ Choice Award. The Society has worked on local events in Chester throughout the year, including the winter watch parades, and also raised over £600 for Children in Need.

Sarah Latham, Chester Student Union’s Activities Manager, said: “The awards highlight and value the excellent work of sports and societies at Chester Students’ Union and recognise and honour the achievements of athletes, coaches and volunteers in achieving excellence in their chosen fields. With another record breaking year and with over 152 sports and societies, we are really excited about what can be achieved next year.”

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