On April 27th 2022, we hosted the Proud to be Pink awards to bring together athletes and sports clubs across Nottingham Trent University to celebrate their efforts from this academic year in staying committed to making a difference in their sport.
The awards included Club of the Year, Committee of the Year, Community Engagement Award, Team Performance of the Year, Individual performance of the year, Individual Recognition Award and the Proud to be Pink award.
Nominations were collected and a panel of staff from NTU Sport and NTSU selected the winners which were announced on our Instagram stories, check out our highlights from the evening here.
Club of the Year – Netball
Club of the year aimed to award the club that has shown a wide range of successes throughout the 2021/22 academic year. Club of the Year was awarded to NTU Netball, the club has consistently delivered activity, kept its members involved and engaged and has encompassed all aspects of the Proud to be Pink awards. This club have had the highest participation numbers in the club’s history with multiple members volunteering and giving up their time to coach and support different pathways. On top of this, Netball have supported numerous charities and organisations through activities such as the Canal and Rivers Trust, they have won several leagues, had their first team promoted to the Prem and are the first university to host a men’s team in their sport. Congratulations Netball on this well-deserved award!
Committee of the Year – Climbing
The Committee of the Year award recognised a club that has been led by a team of incredibly dedicated and inspirational committee members. Committee of the Year was awarded to Climbing who have engaged with NTSU and NTU Sport, attending sports councils and training sessions. They have worked effectively to welcome new members, running Fresher’s fair stands and taster sessions that continued past freshers week. The club have offered a range of events to engage with as many of their members as possible such as quiz nights and ice skating. On top of this, climbing have run both internal and external competitions and trips across the year for all of their members. The club has also engaged their members in the recent elections engaging with their members with social media and reminders which led them to a successful election. Climbing also consistently posts engaging content to keep both current and future members updated.
Community Engagement Award – Rowing
The Community Engagement Award is awarded to a club who have gone above and beyond to give back to the people and the community around them. The Community Engagement Award went to rowing who have achieved some fantastic things over this last academic year. Their fundraising for Movember totalled over £2000, where they raised money from a second-hand kit sale, a pub quiz, an auction, moustache growing and physical challenges. They also have several students who volunteer to run sessions for their novice programme which is consistently the largest section of the club to support member development. Rowing have plans to raise more money for charity and this summer they will host alumni races with crew entry costs being donated to charity. Keep up the fantastic work and congratulations!
Team Performance of the Year – Mens Football 1st team
The Team Performance of the Year award aimed to reward a team who have demonstrated an outstanding performance that should be celebrated this academic year. This award went to Men’s football 1st Team. Throughout this academic year, the team have gone from strength to strength making it to the BUCS championship final as well as having players who made their professional football debuts externally for our partners at Gainsborough trinity. Congratulations to the team on a fantastic season!
Individual Performance of the Year – Sharhnee Skervin
Whilst we’ve recognised team performances we also wanted to recognise the hard work and successes of individual performances at NTU. The award for Individual Performance went to Sharhnee Skervin from athletics. Sharhnee went to the BUCS Nationals indoor athletics competition earlier this year which was her first indoor athletics event of her career and made the finals for both 60m and 200m with personal bests in both events and became the BUCS champion in 200m. Congratulations Sharhnee, we can’t wait to see what is to come for you over your next few years at NTU.
Individual Recognition Award – Mari Stewart
This award aimed to recognise an individual’s commitment to their club or sports department over their time at NTU. It is awarded to a final year student who has shown an outstanding contribution through performance, participation and leadership. This award went to Mari Stewart who has been a big asset to the overall performance of their team this academic year. She has led the team during most of the games while making sure everyone is included on the team. Her positive attitude helps others around her smile and want to work hard. On top of this, the extra time she puts in outside of practice hours shows when she steps on the court. Alongside her performance in Women’s basketball, Mari volunteers both in and outside of NTU, working with local clubs in a wide variety of sports including swimming and yoga. She is committed as a performance analyst and has taken steps to make sure that she has every opportunity to learn from a variety of disciplines. Congratulations Mari on this well-deserved award and a hugely successful year.
Proud to be Pink Award – Aaron Nelson
The final award of the evening was the Proud to be Pink award, this award was designed as it encompasses all of the different aspects from the awards. The award went to Aaron Nelson due to his dedication to Mens basketball. He is an individual who consistently attends training practices and supports the strategy work to ensure the club is the best it can be. On top of this, Aaron volunteered at half term camp and volunteers for the basketball second team at NTU. Aaron is looked at highly by his teammates and is described by them as dedicated and committed to both his and his teams performance with a fantastic talent where he once scored 78 points in one game. Congratulations Aaron on a fantastic year with NTU, keep up the fantastic work.
A massive congratulations to all of our winners and finalists on such a successful year!