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Sporting achievement at Abertay University recognised at annual Sports Ball

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A total of 21 awards were given to sportsmen and women from a variety of fields including dance, basketball, football, golf, rugby, pool, waterpolo, hockey, snowsports, and netball.

Gavin Byers, a 1st year sport and exercise student from Dundee, took home the coveted Sword Prize for individual excellence in sports performance.

Abertay Dance and Cheer won the Father O'Sullivan Club of the Year Award, presented to the club that has fostered participation and development in their chosen discipline better than anyone else.

This year's Winning Ways Trophy, awarded for team success in competition, went to the Men's Basketball team.

Jaimie Harvey, a 4th year sports, health and exercise student from Crook of Devon, was honoured for exceptional contribution to fostering the development of sport at Abertay, receiving the Spirit of Abertay Award.

The Ball, which is held to mark the sporting achievements of students across the University, also saw the presentation of 'Full Blues', awarded when an individual has represented their country at full international level.

'Blues' and 'Half Blues', recognising outstanding achievement on the field of play normally meriting international or national selection, were awarded to:
  • Women's Football:
    Cheryl McCulloch, 2nd year sport and exercise, from Glasgow
  • Golf:
    Steve Scott, 4th year business, from Inchture
  • Men's Rugby:
    Douglas Russell, 3rd year sport and exercise;
    Andy Dymock, 2nd year sport and exercise, from Dundee;
    Kenny Nattrass, 2nd year psychology, from Burntisland
  • Pool:
    Andrew Loughran, 2nd year computer games technology, from Bishopbriggs;
    Jamie Gregory, 2nd year international management, from Kinghorn
  • Waterpolo:
    Susan Johnstone, 3rd year physical activity and health, from Dundee
  • Men's Hockey:
    Gavin Byers, 1st year sport and exercise, from Dundee
Finally, eight 'Colours', awarded to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to sport at Abertay University, whether within their own club, more widely within the University or even beyond in the local sporting community, were presented to:
  • Men's Hockey:
    AJ Cerqueti, 4th year computer arts
  • Pool:
    Michael Riddell,4th year computer arts, from Dunfermline
  • Women's Basketball:
    Keri Dunn, 3rd year physical activity and health, from Carmyllie by Arbroath;
    Jaimie Harvey, 4th year sports, health and exercise, from Crook of Devon;
    Sarah Longair, 4th year sport, health and exercise, from Broughty Ferry
  • Dance and Cheer:
    Caitlin Rattray, 2nd year sport, health and exercise
  • Women's Hockey:
    Poppy Lansdown, 2nd year operations management, from Edinburgh
  • Snowsport/Netball:
    Rebecca Shields, 4th year sport, health and exercise, from Edinburgh.
Professor Bernard King CBE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Abertay University, presented the awards. He commented: "The tremendous achievements by individuals and teams has again this year been exceptional and Abertay is extremely proud to have such dedicated and talented sports men and women."

"The University is strongly committed to student sport. Our Elite Athletes Programme helps students to compete at national and international level, helping them to negotiate flexible study arrangements and access to funds to pay for attendance at competitions. We look forward to working even more closely with the Sports Union and supporting our sports students as they strive for even greater glory and success next season."

Kevin Coe MA(Hons) MInstD MICPR
Director of Communications University of Abertay Dundee
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