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Wednesday 23 May 2018

Solent sports students were invited to celebrate their achievements at this year’s annual Sports Awards ceremony, held at the O2 Guildhall Southampton.

BBC sports journalist Tony Husband joined us again this year as the evening’s host, announcing the winning sportsmen and women for 2018. Guest of honour was New Zealand cricketer, Suzie Bates.

Two special awards were presented ahead of the official ceremony. The 2018 Rising Star Award, which recognises a young, outstanding athlete (12-18 years old), was presented to Fay Endean. The 2018 Solent Sport Alumni Award was awarded to diver Gary Hunt, who was recognised for his contribution to sport.


Southampton Football Club was headline sponsor of the Sports Awards for the second year running. Commenting on their support, Tom James, Sponsorship Manager, commented: “The University and Southampton Football Club work closely together on a number of joint initiatives throughout the year, underpinned by our shared values.

“We were delighted to once again sponsor the Sports Awards and hear about some of the inspirational stories and work that students are doing both for their clubs and in the community. We would like to congratulate everyone that was shortlisted for this year’s award and look forward to watching the individual and teams progress going forward’.  

Solent Sport organises more than 25 sports clubs, including American football, basketball and wheelchair rugby. Full details can be found on the Solent Sport section of our website.

Don’t forget to take a look at the photos from this year’s Sports Awards, which are all up on Solent Sport's Facebook page. The full list of winners can be seen below.

Sports Awards winners
Category Winner
 CRM Female Newcomer of the Year  Harriet Goddard, basketball
 CRM Male Newcomer of the Year Mattieu Cadei, sailing
 Solent Sport Coach of the Year  Sylvain Donneaud, basketball
 Pulse Contribution of the Year  Olivia Leigh, netball
 Pulse Team of the Year (BUCS League)  Basketball - Men's 1s
 Sunsail Team of the Year (BUCS Nationals/Cups)  Sailing
 Coliseum Team of the Year (Local Leagues)  Rowing
 Coliseum Team of the Year (Non-BUCS Cups/Knockouts)  Cheerleading
 Creative Images Club of the Year  Netball
 Southampton Football Club Sports Man of the Year  Matt Stokes, hockey and cricket
 Southampton Football Club Sports Woman of the Year  Zuzana Majokova, table tennis