The Gryphon Colours Awards shortlists are now in!

We hope you are looking forward to the Gryphon Colours Awards as much as we are! The event is taking place on the 11 May 2022 in The Refectory at Leeds University Union. Tickets are now available so get booked in for an amazing evening. The tickets cost £25 and include access to the awards ceremony as well as a 2-course meal and drinks. It’s first come first served so don’t hold back.

Leeds uni Netball team embrace during a match

The Awards and shortlisted nominees:

The following list shows the awards, what the award is given for and who the nominees are. Congratulations to all of those mentioned below for your efforts and contribution to sport at the University of Leeds.

Gryphon Leadership Award

This award celebrates the students who volunteer, coach, officiate and lead a number of key Leeds Sport programmes. Many of these programmes give our student body access to high quality sport and physical activity experiences at a range of different levels.

  • Ellie Chessman
  • Amy Tran
  • Kirti Peeyoosh
  • Emily Kilmister
  • James Price

Social Leagues Team of the Year

Awarded to the Social League Team that has gone above and beyond.

  • Development Netball
  • MathSoc Netball

Susan Jacklin Award for Club Coach of the Year

Awarded to the Club Coach that has positively influenced their club’s overall experience.

  • Graham Smith – Korfball
  • Bethany Cotton – Netball
  • James Price – Swimming & Water Polo
  • Amber Brennan – Karate
  • Catherine Giblin – Cheerleading

Mike Brook Award for Performance Coach of the Year

Awarded to a Coach that has positively impact the playing performance of the club.

  • Oliver Thornton – Karate
  • Alistair Marsden – Ice Hockey
  • Lois Marks – Women’s Rugby Union
  • Jake D’Cruz – Volleyball

Most Improved Club

This award rewards a Club who has made significant improvements to benefit the overall experience of its members comparative to the previous year.

  • Korfball
  • Development Netball
  • Archey
  • Barbell
  • Touch Rugby

Mike Brook Award for Most Improved Team

Awarded to the team that has shown significant performance improvement comparative to the previous season.

  • Women’s Rugby Union 1st
  • Women’s Fencing 1st
  • Men’s Lacrosse 1st
  • Swimming Competition Team
  • Women’s Water Polo 1st
  • Men’s Squash 1st

Chris Hatton Award for Most Improved Athlete

This award goes to the most improved athlete after having little experience in their chosen sport before joining their Leeds Sport Club.

  • Rosanna Crabb-LaHei – Rowing
  • Caroline McCormick – Women’s Rugby Union
  • Mia Gilbert – Ultimate Frisbee
  • Amy Davidson – Gymnastics
  • Olivia Glover – Water Polo

The Inclusion Award

This award will reward clubs who have made a particular effort to remove barriers to inclusion throughout the year.

  • Rowing
  • Madeline Jackson – Mountaineering & Climbing
  • Gymnastics
  • Women’s Rugby Union
  • Swimming & Water Polo

Committee Member of the Year

This award rewards an elected committee member who has made a significant improvement in the running, organisation and development of their club and has gone above and beyond, exceeding the requirements of their elected role within the club.

  • George Alton – Swimming & Water Polo
  • Ella Williams – Women’s Football
  • Lucy Robinson – Gymnastics
  • Katherine Whyte – Mountaineering & Climbing
  • Amy Tran – Volleyball
  • Sara Harris-Alonso – Development Netball

James Burke Team of the Year Award

Awarded to the Team that have excelled in their sport and become one of the top performers in the country.

  • Darts A Team
  • Women’s Hockey 2nd
  • Karate Kata Team
  • Women’s Rugby Union 1st
  • Men’s Lacrosse 1st

Roberts Award for Most Outstanding Athlete

The previous winners of this award include the Brownlee brothers and last year’s winner was James Willstrop, the BUCS Squash Champion.

  • Abbie Sisman – Karate
  • Zara Mullooly – Swimming
  • Joshua Iyalla – Taekwondo
  • Josh de Caires – Cricket
  • Sienna Rushton – Netball

Club of the Year

This award is open to all clubs who can demonstrate that they provided an exceptional experience for its members and have developed their club in a positive way.

  • Women’s Football
  • Cross Country
  • Rowing
  • Gymnastics
  • Tennis
  • Swimming & Water Polo
  • Development Netball
  • Fencing
  • Volleyball

Congratulations to everyone that has been nominated for the Gryphon Colours Awards and made it to the shortlists!

LUU Mens rugby embrace during Varsity