Sports Awards 2020

Posted on May 03, 2020

After an abrupt end to the season for most sports clubs across the Athletic Union, I think we speak for everyone when we say we are missing our rainy training sessions, running against the cold coastal wind, and most importantly, our teammates, who are currently spread far and wide across the globe. Despite this, the virtual Sports Awards 2020 were able to bring a sense of togetherness back into Saints Sport, reminding us all why we do what we do, giving us a boost to stay strong, determined, motivated and engaged with our sport during these unrepresented times.

Saints Hockey had an excellent night at the awards, with recognition in five areas. Ali Goodfellow was a rightful finalist of the Peter Mckiernan Excellence in Service Award for his commitment to coaching and community engagement, which he has volunteered countless hours to over the past 5 years. Check out this video to hear more about what Ali gets up to when he's not in a chemistry lab!

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Five of our members were awarded colours: Beth Connell, Alister Goodfellow, Alex Hardie, Connor Trimble and John West, which is a testimony to their sporting excellence, dedication to improving Saints Hockey members experience, and commitment to the hockey clubs engagement with the wider community.

Scotland International hockey player and Woman's 1XI player Emily Dark was awarded the Chancellor's Award for Sporting Excellence. Emily is undeniably one of the best hockey players in Great Britain right now, reflected in her continuous selection for both the Scotland woman's squad and GB hockey programmes. Congratulations Emily! We are excited to see what the next few years has to offer for you. Check out this video to hear Emily's take on being a Sports Scholar at St. Andrews and this video to hear more about Emily's sporting achievements and goals. 

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Saints Hockey were also awarded 'Green Club Of The Year' after a successful year of upping our 'Green' efforts by putting it at the forefront of our development plan. This video explains how we used our reach to 222 members to make a positive 'Green' impact both on and off the field. 

Our volunteering efforts were recognised too, winning the 'Director of Sport Volunteering Award'. Saints hockey provides weekly junior hockey coaching to over 70 kids, as well as international volunteering opportunities for members too. Check out this video and this video to find out more!

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Congratulations to all the other sports clubs for their awards, collectively we have created a great year at Saints sport and can't wait to see what the 2020/21 season brings!