The award ceremony, which took place at the KCOM arena, was attended by more than 200 students and VIPs. The event celebrated a year of exceptional achievement by the college’s teams and individuals, highlighting the breadth and quality of sport at Bishop Burton. With 26 awards available on the night, including the highly coveted Sports Personality of the Year, there was a buzz of anticipation as the night commenced.
Among the guests on the night was one of Hull City’s most iconic players, Dean Windass. The former sports superstar and Hull City ambassador took time to give the students some advice on becoming sports stars of the future;
“You should all be incredibly proud of what you’ve achieved this year. To win so many national titles in one year is a huge achievement, and is testament to your ‘one team, one bishop burton ethos’. I would like to congratulate you all for the role you played in such a fantastic year of sport.
Awards were handed out to the players’ player, and the coaches player of the year for each of the main college sports, including rugby, netball and football. There was also an award for Most Improved rider of the year, awarded to Abi Hope.
Addressing the students, Mr Windass gave the students some honest advice;
"All my childhood, I had people telling me that I didn’t have what it took to succeed. But I thought otherwise. Sometimes self-belief is all you need. Only you can motivate yourself, and there is no better motivation than trying to prove people wrong. With a positive attitude and a personal drive to succeed, you’ll reach your goals. Work hard, be persistent but don't be too hard on yourself. Do it with a smile on your face and don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something. Learn from mistakes, get better, but above all, enjoy yourself.”
At the end of the Celebration, College Principal and Chief Executive, Jeanette Dawson OBE, took to the stage to announce the Sports Personality of the Year. With seven students in the running, the top prize of the night was handed to the College’s football captain, Andy Norfolk who has led the college team to one of the highest leagues in university football.
“I am absolutely delighted to be presenting this final award to Andy Norfolk,” said Mrs Dawson. “Andy epitomises what it takes to not only lead a team to phenomenal success, but also personal growth. Week in, week out, Andy has updated me on the team’s performance, never making an excuse for a poor result. His thorough analysis of each game has paved the way for the team’s achievements over the last 12 months; Learning and growing from every experience on the pitch. Tonight’s win is thoroughly deserved for Andy, but to those that were nominated, you should be immensely proud.”
She added; “The Sports Awards is the highlight of my year. This year has been a wonderful year for sport and I am impressed every year at our students’ ability to compete at such a high standard, whilst juggling academic studies. The motivation, dedication, and hard work that has gone in to this year’s sporting achievements blows me away, and I cannot commend the students enough.”