Students turned out in style for the annual highlight of the College of West Anglia’s (CWA) Sports Campus’s year, their Sports Awards night.
More than 200 guests celebrated at Alive Leisure’s Lynnsport, which is home to CWA’s Sports Campus.
The night was hosted by Gavin Caney, sports journalist and former CWA sports student.
Special guests and former students included professional kite surfer Danielle Durrant, and Jack Friend, professional footballer at Peterborough United.
Both spoke of their lives since leaving CWA. They encouraged the students to take full advantage of the opportunities available to them while at CWA; and said how studying at CWA helped them achieve their dreams.
Both Dannielle and Jack were entered into CWA’s sports hall of fame on public display at the campus and each received their framed recognitions.
The focus of the awards was to recognise and celebrate student achievements over the year, which included:
l The Elite Womens Football Programme winning the AoC Sport Cat 2 League, winning the regional 7-a-side and finishing fifth at the National Tournament;
l The Elite Mens Football Programme winning the AoC Sport Cat 2 League and making the semi-final of the National Under 18 England Schools Cup;
l Three male and two female football players achieving scholarships in America;
l Some 39 students progressing to university next year;
l Students supporting a range of community events including: Adapted sports day, community football cup, high school athletics, and primary school gymnastics, badminton and indoor athletics;
l Charity work, raising money for charity #DoitforKev;
l Working on projects with national governing bodies of sport including the LTA, RFU, UK Footgolf and Sport England.
The awards highlighted individuals for sporting success, their contribution to development, sports leadership and to their academic performance.
Principal David Pomfret said: “The winners tonight are an absolute inspiration to others and in turn should be inspired by our former students, who have shared their success and what is achievable after leaving CWA.”
Course Awards, L2: Diploma in Sport Student of the Year: Adan-Jay Lewis, Coach and Activity Leadership Student: Sam Robinson, Steve Mason Fitness Student: Tom Brown. L3: Personal Trainer Student: Oliver White. NPS Yr 1 Student: Ben Fenn, NPS Yr 2 Student: Liam Youngs, Kevin Graves Sports Science Yr1 Student: Chelsea Munday, Sports Science Yr2 Student: Charlie Wanstall.
Department Sports Awards, Sports Contribution Award: Sam Robinson, Sports Man: Elliot Holland, Sports Woman: Chelsea Munday.
Rugby Academy, Coaches Player of the Year: Jason Gathercole, Players Player: Jack Callaghan, Most Improved: Sam Parrin. Netball Team, Coaches Player: Sophie Ryan, Players Player: Isobel Colville, Most Improved: Charlotte Rockliffe. Basketball Academy, Coaches Player: Vitoutos Girdzius, Players Player: Luke Huggins, Most Improved: Jordan Nyang. Elite Football Programme, Coaches Player: Aaron Porter, Players Player: Lewis Gibson, Most Improved: Alexander Jarvis.
Special award: league winners. Girls Football Academy. Coaches Player: Bethan Jones, Players Player: Kayleigh Robb, Most Improved: Heather McCrea. Special award: league winners. Team of the Year. Team: Elite Girls Football Programme.