Award Winners 2019/2020
-Club of the Year - Ultimate Fisbee
Bangor Ultimate have had an incredible year. The club is deserving of this award for both their commitment and performance. Having won BUCS Northern Division 1, the club achieved a silver medal at Indoor Nationals. Alongside success, the club is extremely welcoming, hosting a men’s, a women’s and a mixed side. Proactive management of the club has enabled sustainable fundraising, good recruitment and bespoke training sessions for the development of all skill levels. Furthermore, whilst Bangor Ultimate are out there competing with much bigger universities, they have also successfully hosted two tournaments, inviting many other Universities to our facilities to get involved. We would like to congratulate Ultimate Frisbee as our Club of the Year!
-Team of the Year - Womens Squash
This year, the Women’s Squash team have enjoyed unprecedented levels of success. Namely, they have not lost a single match in any competition: BUCS or the Conference Cup. The Women’s Squash team are the only Bangor team to win Northern Conference Cup this year. The team were also poised to take the BUCS division title, 2 points away from promotion having been undefeated with 3 fixtures to play. We consider the Women’s Squash team to be the most dominant AU team for 2019/20. Congratulations to the players and coaches!
-Steve Connor Spirit of the AU - Boxing
The Boxing club have come on leaps and bounds this year in terms of their ongoing development. A positive atmosphere of inclusivity and diversity has led to a huge increase in club members. The club committee have been exceptional in their proactive management of the club, resulting in efficient fundraising and extra training sessions with an increased focus on coaching. Despite having no inter-university competition throughout the year, the club has shown unrivalled levels of dedication to their training. As well as this, the club were crowned winners at the AU Superteams, testament to their efforts! Congratulations to Boxing!
-Sportsman - Aidan Clark
Aidan is a senior figure in the football team and a prolific goal scorer, taking away 23 goals and 8 assists in a 13 game campaign. Going the extra mile on and off the pitch, Aidan played an instrumental role in the Football club’s charity efforts this year, running the Anglesey Half Marathon and shaving his head for Movember. Always welcoming new players into the club, Aidan also took on the role of Campus Sport Football Coordinator, encouraging many students of all skill levels to get involved with the game. We would like to extend a massive congratulations to Aidan, and the reassurance that we will never forget those 4 goals…
-Sportswoman - Bass Andres
As the Club Captain of Rowing, Bass excels in both her performance and dedication to the club. Always offering a helping hand to those wanting to push themselves further in the sport, Bass helps coach students wanting to give the sport a go. Through consistent performances in UK BUCS competition, Bass has achieved a position on the GB start-up program, and since been awarded a rowing scholarship at the University of Tulsa, USA. Having only rowed for a few years, Bass is an excellent role model for what you can achieve through hard work and dedication. She exemplifies the attributes of a great captain and has been a pleasure to work with! Congratulations and good luck, Bass!
- Female fresher of the year - Maren Bick-Maurischat
Maren came to Bangor having never played Rugby Union before. Upon her arrival, Maren jumped straight in, eager to learn and soak up as much of the game as she could! She is a team player who is always keen to help out and encourage others to get involved. Now a regular first team player, Maren continually puts herself forward to help out with fundraising and other events. Maren’s dedication to a new sport is evident in her taking on the challenge as a volunteer coach/referee for youth rugby in the community! Congratulations, Maren!
- Male fresher of the year - Jaden Simmonds
Jaden joined Bangor Muddogs and hit the ground running. Quickly settling in, Jaden has demonstrated talent, leadership, kindness and a passion for the Sport. Having impressed early on, Jaden was elected Defensive Captain in his first season. Jaden was elected to be next year’s Captain, and hopes to make the game more diverse and inclusive to girls. This year, Jaden was scouted to be a part of GB’s under 19s American Football team, and as a result has gone on to be accepted into a football academy in Canada. An amazing achievement and we wish him all the best!
- Club Captain of the Year 2020 - Iona Shearer
This year we decided to recognise a Club Captain within the AU that has gone the extra mile. A large responsibility of any Club Captain is being engaged, responsive and proactive with the AU staff team. This year, as Club Captain of Women’s Hockey, Iona has epitomised the ideal qualities of a Captain. Despite some bumps in the road for the club this year, Iona has been exceptional in her professionalism, kindness, and in looking out for fellow members of the club. She has been an absolute pleasure to work with. Well done Iona!
- AU Presisents Award - Anthony McGee
The recipient of this year’s award has demonstrated high commitment and excellence within the AU. Ant selflessly volunteered himself to support Henry and Richard in developing the AU Head 2 Head series. Without Ant’s expertise and creative editing skills, the series wouldn’t have been possible. With at least 2 hours filming a week, on top of hours of editing, the AU is extremely grateful for his contribution and are pleased to present him with this award.