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2020 Sports Awards | Winners Revealed

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Published: Wednesday, 03 June 2020 18:30 Written by Michelle


British Olympic and Paralympic stars congratulate Sport Brighton students at awards ceremony

Paralympic great Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Olympic gymnastics medallist Beth Tweddle helped celebrate Sport Brighton success as the awards moved online due to COVID-19.


On a night when a prestigious four-year partnership with Team Nike was announced as the new sports clothing partner for the university, seven awards were handed out in a celebration of the 2019/20 season.


Vice-Chancellor Professor Debra Humphris praised the “energy and determination” of students in an opening speech, before Head of Sport Barry Squires led viewers through the ceremony.


The awards also featured messages from notable sporting alumni Kate Allenby, Olympic bronze medalist in the modern pentathlon and Ragheb Aga, former Kenyan and Sussex cricketer. 


Taking home the coveted Team of the Year prize was men’s basketball, after the side beat Brunel in a final game nail-biter to claim the BUCS 2A league title and win promotion to the top tier of the sport’s university ladder.


That success was followed by the team’s coach Martin Catterick being announced as the Coach of the Year award winner. Together with his leadership of the team, Martin also helps students gain coaching placements and has links with coaches in the NBA for student scholarships.


Having won the British Athletics Indoor Championships 1500m title with a superb performance in Glasgow to become national champion in February, Sport and Exercise Science student and Sport Brighton Sports Scholar George Mills was awarded the Outstanding Achievement prize.


The Brighton arm of the netball team was presented with the Philanthropy award having hosted a number of charitable events, including the Legacy 300 event which saw them working alongside England netball coaches to help develop young players. The team also raised close to £1500 for the YMCA sleep easy event.


Club of the Year went to Eastbourne’s Cheerleading squad, having placed first in the co-ed level 2 national universities competition, despite last minute injuries forcing a change in routine.


The final two prizes were awarded to Waves Cheerleading, a squad made up of students from the University of Brighton, University of Sussex and Brighton and Sussex Medical School, which is run jointly by both institutions.


Tianna Patel, who was elected as Vice-President before stepping up to the top role, was named Administrator of the Year having managed six competition squads of over 140 members.


Lauren Scott won the Volunteer of the Year award having coached and choreographed routines for the entire club.


In a video message, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Britain’s 11-time Paralympic wheelchair racing gold medallist, said “we are in slightly strange times at the moment but stay safe, stay well, and good luck getting back to competitive sport” while former world gymnastics champion Beth Tweddle congratulated students and urged them to “keep up the hard work, ready for next year”.


Squires said: “This is usually a fantastic night of celebration where we recognise and reward the talents and dedication of our student athletes, coaches and volunteers. But for this year as we are delivering the awards remotely so I don’t have the pleasure of meeting many of you in person.


“As we all are aware the impact that COVID-19 has had on the world is unprecedented and in our sphere of student sport this is no different. Seasons have been cut short, leagues have been suspended and in some cases such as our cricket teams not one ball has been played.


“Looking forwards, how sport is modified to allow us to compete again within BUCS is currently unknown but rest assured the team are working hard to understand, plan and implement the necessary measures so we can deliver activity whilst ensuring the safety of our students and wider members.”



Coach of the Year | Martin Catterick (Basketball)


Most Outstanding Achievement Award | George Mills (Athletics)


Philanthropy Award | Netball (Brighton)


Volunteer of the Year | Lauren Scott (Waves Cheer)


Administrator of the Year | Tianna Patel (Waves Cheer)


Team of the Year | Men’s basketball


Club of the Year | Panthers Cheerleading


Yoga Progressions With Anna

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Published: Tuesday, 28 April 2020 08:50 Written by Michelle

If you have been following our social media channels you will have seen that we have been producing tips and ideas to help your wellbeing whilst at home. This week's installment is a chance to try some yoga progressions. One of our yoga instructors and Sport Brighton staff member Anna guides us through a three stage progression. Stage one is suitable for beginners so it is a great way to try yoga even if it is for the first time. Working through the videos at your own pace you can work through each progression where difficulty will increase. Why not give it a go? 

Read more: Yoga Progressions With Anna


Club of the Month | February & March

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Published: Tuesday, 21 April 2020 13:07 Written by Michelle

A delayed announcement due to everything going on but no less deserved. Well done to our Club of the Month winners for February and March. More details about their efforts below: 

Read more: Club of the Month | February & March


Running Tips During Isolation

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Published: Thursday, 26 March 2020 15:23 Written by Michelle

Ben who is a Sport Brighton Duty Officer gives us his running tips for running during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Ben is an experienced runner with a personal training background. He has ran 7 marathons, 2 ultramarathons, countless half marathons (including the recent Brighton half as Pete the Panther) completed various OCR races and has completed a handful of triathlons, up to an Ironman 70.3. 

Ben RunningHere are his tips:

I highly recommend taking advantage of the Boris approved daily exercise to get outside. We all know that being outside and regularly exercising is excellent for our physical and mental wellbeing, however please be responsible as the priority, over your training. See my tips and today's run below. 

  • Keep hydrated throughout the day, avoid large amounts of water just before your run. You'll only generally need to take water with you if you run for 40 minutes or longer. 
  • Think about the route. Try and choose one that will generally be quieter, or a cycle path that is wide, to allow for space to overtake/pass people 
  • Go through a dynamic warm up outside, away from others 
  • Run from your home (avoid extra travel)
  • Run by yourself (running with people you live with is fine)
  • Track your run on a tracking app and connect with people virtually
  • Keep away from other pedestrians as much as possible. If it is safe to do so, cross the road or run in the road to overtake them, then rejoin the pavement. Only do this if you have full visibility
  • Only wear sunglasses if they are secure, because you want to avoid constantly touching your face to push your glasses back up. Same principle for your headphones.
  • Avoid pressing the button on road crossings. The roads should be quieter so I recommend just waiting for it to be clear to cross. The buttons are gross anyway and we're not going for PB's. 
  • Cool down, including stretches in your garden or street, away from others. 
  • You shouldn't have needed to touch anything, but still wash your hands as soon as you get inside. 

Stay safe and enjoy. 

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