Multiple national awards and nominations for five of the SU’s sports clubs and societies.
February 2019 has turned out to be one of the most successful months in the history of Aston Students’ Union. Between them, five Aston clubs and societies have achieved nine individual and collective awards, medals, trophies, and nominations. This amount of national recognition, for a relatively small university, speaks volumes about the positive attitude, spirit and determination of Aston students.
The first of their individual winners was Hamzah Ahmed at the BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) Boxing Championships on 1st February. The Sociology and Social Policy student put on an incredible display in the final to seal the win and earn a Gold medal in the Men’s open category at 60kg. Everyone at Aston Students’ Union would like to send huge congratulations to Hamzah for his victory.
This fantastic achievement on 1st Feb was immediately followed on the 2nd with a succession of medals (including 1 x gold!) for Aston at the National Student Taekwon-Do Championships in Manchester. Their four winners were:
Shko Resool – Gold
Nick Dawson (Mechanical Engineering) - Silver
Alwin Varghese (Accounting for Management) – Silver
Julio Laci (Mechanical Engineering) – Bronze
Club President, Kevin Tsang, had been hoping to take more of his members to the tournament. However, he was more than happy with the results, saying he was “Hugely proud of them to show up and represent despite not many of us being able to make it out with them on the day”.
Also on the 2nd February, grassroots snowsports and university clubs went head to head, debuting Aston Snow Club´s (ASC) first appearance at the AfterJam Competition. ASC Race Captain (and final year International Relations and Sociology student), Lilla Albert brought home a bronze medal, winning another podium spot in snowboard giant slalom for the Aston. A special mention also goes to 1st year student, Luke Henderson, proving to everybody that he’s one to keep an eye on for future competitions. He’s clearly a candidate for the most upcoming athlete 2018/19 with his speedy double backflips, rail slides and fearless attitude!
ASC had further success on 12th Feb (right before the SU’s Athletic Union Ball) when their Snowboard Team brought home the 2nd Place League Trophy - the first ever Snowsports trophy in Aston´s history! It´s only been five years since ASC’s debut in the King´s League in 2014, and they have since rocketed into the national finals with an impressive 26 points! The league was established in 1978 and is now the UK's largest ski and snowboard racing league.
A couple of days before that, on 10th February, Aston Students’ Union’s Cheerleading Club (AKA The Ravens) took part in university cheerleading’s biggest competition of the year; Future Cheer University Nationals. This year was their third year of competing, and they managed to take a total of four teams, having previously only taken one! It is safe to say that the Ravens smashed it, coming home with 4th place for their Level 1 Cheer team, 2nd and 4th for their two Level 2 stunt groups (out of a whopping 17 teams!) and finally a 1st place win for their Level 4 stunt group, coming home with NATIONAL DIVISION CHAMPIONS! All the girls train incredibly hard, and thoroughly deserve the success they have achieved.
Last but not least, Aston’s Mature Students’ Society has been nominated for Most Improved Society at the 2019 National Societies Awards. Aston Students’ Union Societies Engagement Co-ordinator said “There were around 800 nominations this year, an increase from last year, so this is a great achievement for the society, who have delivered great things for their members this year”. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 30th April, so look out for news of how they got on then!
For further information:
Nadine Al-Kudcy – Student Activities and Voice Manager - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Smith – Societies Engagement Co-ordinator - email@example.com
Jake Graham – Vice President Student Activities - firstname.lastname@example.org