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UEL celebrates 12 magnificent months of sport

HAVING A BALL: The UEL basketball squad

OLYMPIC GOLD medal cyclist Nicole Cooke MBE picked up a lifetime achievement award and an honorary doctorate from the University of East London at their thrilling annual sports awards on May 14.

BBC Football League Show presenter Manish Bhasin hosted the evening at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, which celebrated and recognised the efforts and successes of UEL’s highly talented sports students and clubs in the most amazing year of sport the university has ever ever.

London Olympic 100m semi-finalist and UEL Sports scholar Adam Gemili, who recently won gold at BUCS (British Universities & College Sports), picked up the individual achievement of the year award from UEL governor and former British Paralympic Association chair Mike Brace CBE.

Notable UEL achievements over the year include winning 11 medals at BUCS athletics and rowing championships this month and six in the BUCS indoor championship for athletics, judo and boxing in March - the most successful medal haul for the university at the competitions.

UEL’s men’s basketball and volleyball teams made university history by becoming the first ever teams to qualify for the BUCS premier league and were rewarded for their successes picking up UEL director of sport David Cosford’s premier award.

The Taekwondo club picked up two awards for club of the year and coach of the year, which went to Shujahat Fiaz.

Team achievement of the year award was won by the women’s rowing team in a coxed four (C4+) and most improved club of the year went to netball. Partner of the year went to West Ham Community Sports Trust.

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