University of Bath Blues Awards Winners 2014


Students, staff members, coaches, volunteers, Olympians and Paralympians were among those who received an award at the 40th Blues ceremony, with more awards given out than ever before due to the outstanding commitment and support that has been provided within sport.

Below lists the recipients of all awards from this year. 





Sports Personality of the Year - Fran Wilson

Fran Wilson is someone that can be defined and exemplified as a true leader. Not only has she captained the women’s 1st football team to new heights of success for two seasons, Fran is an England cricket international athlete. 

A regular in the England Academy women’s team and England Cricket Board Development women's XI since a young age, Fran is one of the most hardworking and passionate athletes in the squad. Fran leads by example and consistently demonstrates qualities both sporting and personal, that her younger teammates can learn from.

Whilst organising her time between ECB commitments and her many volunteer roles within SU Sport and the wider community, Fran continues to maintain first class standards in her studies as she looks towards becoming a well-experienced and qualified nutritionist. Fran is a credit to ECB, UOBFC, her many proud team mates but most importantly herself. A caring, loyal and incredibly humble individual, Fran is a role model for young girls and boys alike; she is proof that you can sustain friendships, work rates and volunteer commitments all whilst building an elite sporting career.

Martyn Hedges Award - Michael Pooley

This is the highest accolade that is awarded by the University of Bath Blues Committee. This year is was received by head groundsman Michael Pooley. Mike has been supporting student sport for over 25 years, tirelessly working with his team of Grounds staff to ensure that the facilities are in the best condition for participation and competition.

The Ivor Powell Award - Dan Harris

This award is received for demonstrating qualities of excellence in a coach. Dan Harris picked up this award. Dan started as the GB rowing team Start Programme coach at the University in September 2011. His goal is to find and develop athletes with a view to producing world class athletes capable of making it into the GB rowing senior team. Dan has taken on the challenge to develop these athletes and his programme is starting to succeed producing two athletes striving to make it into GB U23 teams this year, using the university rowing club as his platform.

Tugendhat Trophy - Sam Courty

This award recognises achieved by student athletes in areas that before their arrival at university were unfamiliar to them. Sam Courty came to Bath a keen horse rider and was introduced to rowing as a novice in the University rowing club. It became clear for the outset that Sam was a gifted rower of considerable strength.

When the rowing club acquired their first professional coach, he immediately spotted Sam’s dedication and potential and guided her and the other novice women to win gold in a Women's Beginner 4+. From then on Sam was addicted to rowing. Taking on the role of senior captain, Sam progressed through her second year before being noticed by Dan Harris, the GB Start coach.

The Gethin John Bevan Club Member of the Year - Stuart Gordon

Stuart came to the University as a keen sprint & marathon kayaker, immediately drawn to the University canoe club. Bringing experience from his exploits as a sprint kayaker, Stuart set the quickest recorded times from Bath at his first BUCS Wild Water Racing event. In his 2nd year at the University, Stuart remained in place as chair of the canoe club and decided to take up rowing simultaneously as a novice, racing in numerous events for the University. After a year out on placement Stuart returned to the University with a desire to pick up his involvement with the rowing club. His engaging personality and hard-working attitude made him a well-liked and respected member of the club and he was elected as Chairman. In addition to his role as Rowing Chair, Stuart was also elected by his peers to be a Treasurer on the Students’ Union Sport Exec.

BUCS Team of the Year - Women's Netball 1st

The 1st team historically perform well and consistently achieve big wins. In 2012 they achieved a record goal difference of more than 500 goals as well as remaining undefeated and securing 1st place in the Premier league. In 2013 the team once again secured top position in the Premier South Division. 

Club of the Year - Kickboxing

The Bath University kickboxing club has an impressive history in competition, with 2012-2013 resulting in over 120 medals from a range of competitions on an inter-university, national and international stage. The club is frequently accused of “taking the medals’ table”, for example in the recent P.U.M.A. British competition the club took 25 fighters and came home with 24 medals. The most well-known events are the inter-university Fight Nights hosted here in Bath, the last of which saw Bath win emphatically against Loughborough in front of 750 spectators. The club also offers its members the opportunity to work towards internationally recognised belts from a prestigious organisation (with a 100% pass rate so far this year) as well as working towards various self-defence and fitness goals. 

Sochi 2014 Honorary Blues

Winter Olympic Athletes Andrew Matthes Snowboarding:
  Paula Walker Zoe Gillings
Bobsleigh: Rebecca Wilson  
John Jackson    
Stuart Benson Bobskeleton: Winter Paralympic Athletes
Bruce Tasker Elizabeth Yarnold  
Joel Fearon Shelley Rudman Visually Impaired Alpine Skiing:
Lamin Dean Kristan Bromley Kelly Gallagher
John Baines Dominic Parsons  
Benjamin Simons    

Honorary Blues

Awarded to any person who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of University Sport.

Emily Hogge - Triathlon Club

Christopher Hotchen - Badminton

Sion Kitson - Futsal

Tom Janicot - Basketball and SU Sport Officer



Full Blues

Full Blues are awarded to students who have competed for a University 1st team for two years along with two years representation at international level.

Chris Hay - Fencing 

Niklas Thomas Reiger - Hockey

Ruby Smith - Lacrosse

Yasmin Julia Parsons - Netball

Alexandra Walker - Tennis


Half Blues

Awarded to students with junior international representation or podium finishes in BUCS whilst competing for a University 1st team.

Association Football & Futsal Hockey Netball Rowing
Polly Wardle Emily Prpa Millie Grey Frazier Luke Christie
Gordon Reick Thom Sobey Kate McGinley  
Raghav Khurana Lucy McNaught Scarlett Williams Swimming
  Harriet Lloyd   Sara Victoria Parfett
Fencing   Riding Justin Austin
Tom Ash Karate Hector Payne  
  Adam Lord   Tennis
  Lewis Matthews   Harry James Burley
      John Andrew Thompson


Honorary Colours

Awarded to students who have made a valuable contribution to the administration and development of a sport or recreation in the University of Bath or British Universities.

Rowing Rugby (Union and League) Triathlon
Stuart Gordon Jasmin Swift Emily Hogge
Kickboxing Tennis SU Sport Executive
Stephanie Darvill James Lewis Liberty Barnett
David Mylinski   Zoe Kennerley
    Alix Floyd




Awarded to students who have consistently represented the university over a two or three years period in BUCS Sport.

American Football George Bond Badminton Basketball
Christoph Cox Jonathan Ward Christopher Evans Hebah Bibi
Benjamin James Ashby Oliver Mattias Box Sophie Trerise Ximena Rebollar
James Richard Benson-King Matthew Mardell Gemma Hatton Edmund Kirwan
Simon Vanstone Timothy de la Haye Emma Mitchell Constantinos Patinios
  Caroline Davidson Thomas Penn  
Association Football and Futsal Francesca Wild Hannah Preece Canoe
Liberty Barnett Michael Bawn Katherine Shuttleworth Stuart Gordon
Liam Stephens   Natasha Hutchings Eleanor Mitchell
Marcus Torr     Lars Luckoff
Samuel James Griffiths Athletics   James Edward Thomas Dunsmore
Frances Wilson Angharad Davies    



Cricket Hockey contd. Hockey contd. Karate
Benjamin Figueiredo Emma-Louise Patricia Robinson Alex Russell Joshua Ayres
  Thomas Pierce Tom Davey Neli Velkushanova
Fencing Charlotte Philippa Judith Kelly Ieuan Davies Andrew Woodford
Matthew Hale Imogen Annabelle Sarah Brade Charlie Griffiths  
  Astrid Ainley Ben Humphreys Lacrosse
Gymnastics Benjamin Figueiredo Isabel Tiemann Lauren Foster
Leah England Alexander Subir Milne Emily Munsey Simon McKinney
Heather Carver Sean Matthew Phillips Adam Martin Lowe Rhys Topping
Abigail Irvin Alexander Neil Ferrao Gemma Dawn Crouch Andrew John Kenyon
Jordan Kolouris Tom Harden Tom Griffiths Ben Jessup
Georgina Bull Robert Adkins James Ralphs Hector Smethurst
  Rosalind Keefe Max Jennings Lucy Nelson
Hockey Amelia Nunn Megan Boxall Charlotte Munro
Natasha Sweeney Stephen Thomson   Harriet Jackson
James Bevan Katie Cook   Paul Edward Sladen



Netball Rowing Rugby (Union and League) Squash
Laura Brady Jennifer Louise Pollard Harry Sanders Francisca Louro Lopes dos Santos
Catherine Long Maria Stack Francesca Hales Yong Sze tam
Hannah Louise Taylor Ben Jackson Max Moncrieff  
Alice Moger Jennifer Louise Pollard Jasmin Swift Tennis
Laura Jean Hemming   Hannah Howell Katie Jessup
  Waterpolo Harriet Waller Christopher Taylor
Riding David Paris Alexandra Stroud  
Zoe Kennerley Kate Williams Joseph Samuel Donnelly Triathlon
Rhian Denton Rhianna Jamieson Stewart Evie Bunce Oliver Skittery
Jenny Hanlon Thomas Richard Jones   Calum Fraser
Phillippa Kerby Rachel Pearce    




Ribbons are awarded to students who have consistently represented the University over a two or three year period in non-BUCS Sport.

Solveig Alsaker - Handball