The winner of this award can demonstrate outstanding achievements over the past year. This person has integrated themselves into the sporting culture, inspires others through their performances and is a positive role model for sport at ARU.
Madeline Homoly – Basketball
Jodie Turl – Rugby
Lucy Williams - Judo
Winner: Lucy Williams - BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Therapy
Lucy only started at ARU in September 2019 and has had a very successful first year, both in competition and in assisting the development of the Judo Club.
Lucy has consistently achieved success whilst competing at several major competitions throughout the year. This included: bronze at the British Junior Championships, which secured her a place on the GB junior squad; bronze in the Scottish Senior Open, one of her first medals in senior competition at a home nations event and a Commonwealth Championship bronze.
At BUCS Nationals in February Lucy achieved a bronze medal in her individual category and played a key role helping the women’s team to a bronze. Her performances at BUCS Nationals qualified her for selection to the European University Games, which were unfortunately cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
On top of regular competition, Lucy’s drive to excel and develop as an athlete is illustrated by her relentless search for additional training and competition opportunities. Along with our two other female athletes Jade Warr and Jasmine Stringer, Lucy competed on behalf of Cambridge City Women’s team in the Cambridge-Oxford Varsity and won a pivotal fight to secure Cambridge a 3-2 win overall.
In addition to developing her own performance levels, Lucy has also channelled her passion for judo into assisting the ARU Judo Club by taking on a committee role to improve the club’s profile and increase their membership base.
Lucy has exhibited truly commendable character and is a great advocate for female sport at ARU. She is a truly talented prospect who shows exciting potential as she enters onto the senior competition stage.