Middlesex University students came together to celebrate the year’s glittering sporting achievements and award their top sports people on Friday 24 May.
The awards ceremony and sports ball, held at the Crown Moran Hotel in Cricklewood, was attended by England women’s rugby player Maggie Alphonsi MBE who presented students with their awards in recognition of their development, participation and successes in sports.
Awards included sportsman and sportswoman of the year, captain of the year and club of the year. A number of Middlesex University students competed in last year’s Olympic Games, so the competition was high, with Lutalo Muhammad who medalled for GB in taekwondo taking home the title of Sportsman of the year. Sportswoman of 2013 was awarded to Marilyn Nwawulor in athletics and the Captain of 2013 was Michael Gennaris for men’s football.
The Club of the year accolade went to karate which had a sensational year after taking home three gold medals, two silver and three bronze medals in the BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sports) National Karate Championships, seeing Middlesex University finish second out of 57 universities in the over-all karate championship table despite having one of the smallest squads. Four members of the team also will head to South Africa in July for an international competition.
Middlesex University Captain of 2013 Michael Gennaris (21) said: “It’s my first year of captaincy so I’m completely shocked and privileged to have won this award. I’ve just completed my third year in a Sports and Exercise Science degree so this is something I can add to my credentials.”
GB taekwondo star Lutalo Muhammad, who was unable to collect his Sportsman of the year title as he was training for World Championships in Mexico in July, said: “I am overwhelmed and deeply honoured to receive this award for the second time. So to all at Middlesex, Thank you. Although you are honouring me I would like to honour you. There’s an old African saying that states ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ equally it can be said that every Olympic medallist is supported, encouraged, pushed and pulled towards success by an army of unseen people. In my case this University has been unbelievably supportive and I can truly say I could not of done it with you.”
Mel Parker, Middlesex University's Head of Sport & Recreation said: “The Sports Ball is a popular fixture in the calendar of our sports students, as it is an opportunity to recognise their success. To see the delight on the faces of the winners, and to hear the support of their teammates, it highlights the enjoyment our students get from participating in sport at the University.”
Pic: Michael Gennari and Maggie Alphonsi