Sports Awards 2019: Outstanding Contribution

It's time to let us know who you think deserves the Outstanding Contribution Award 2019 at this year's Sports Awards!

This award will recognise an individual who has delivered above and beyond what could have been expected of them within sport and physical activity within the college. They may not have been in the first team or at the highest level of competition, but have been a consistent part of the club for training, events, competitions and general club support.

Make sure you cast your vote in the poll before midday, Thursday 20 June.

Your shortlistees are:

Sampad Sengupta - Cricket

Sampad has done an amazing job of organising the first team and second team fixtures. He stepped up to the plate when someone within the Imperial College Cricket Society had to step down as a result of other unplanned commitments that he had to do later that year. Now having stepped up to the plate, his charisma and dedication to the Imperial College Cricket Club has been invaluable to the clubs energy. I would say as a result of the hard work he has put in, all of us are able to play our matches without any troubles whatsoever. He is also a great player on the pitch and a genuinely nice bloke off the pitch too. I cannot wait to see what he will bring to the table as next academic year's first team captain!

Sophia Moore - Basketball

Sophia has gone above and beyond for 4 years. She played in Women's 1st every year - a highly dedicated member at training, S+C and matches. In 2nd year as W1st Captain, her team placed 3rd in South Eastern 1A. In 3rd year, as unofficial W1st Vice-Captain, she organised W1's LUSL games in the club's first year playing LUSL. She held the club together that year when the President almost stood down; she instigated an emergency committee meeting and got the committee back on track with their responsibilities. As Pres, she helped run a charity competition raising almost  £200, and oversaw the club's fulfilling year, including its tour to Paris, first inter-uni socials, and W1st winning SE 1A. She persisted in acquiring new training spaces, new kit for the first time in years, and helping consolidate club finances. Attending all socials, she is integral to the club's social circle. She has injected optimism, organisation and purpose into the club and is leaving a legacy to be proud of.

Bartu Akcaba - Lawn Tennis

Bartu has been a dedicated member of Imperial College Lawn Tennis Club since joining Imperial. In his first two years he was one of the most present members of social tennis missing only few social sessions. He took a more active role in the club in his third year (2017-2018) by being the elected Social Secretary and LUSL Captain. Bartu was the only person to do the Social Secretary role on his own in the past couple of years; usually a two-person role. As LUSL captain he had to convince the rest of the committee to obtain training hours for his team, eventually succeeding to do so. Under his leadership the team finished in the top three and reached the final of the LUSL cup - the first time in the club's history. This academic year he was elected and served as the Vice President of the club while continuing his role as LUSL captain.  As Vice President Bartu was very involved in all of the club's decisions and exceeded his role by taking the lead in several of the events that highlight

Daniel Davis - Volleyball

Dan has been member of the IC Volleyball Club for 6 years and has taken great responsibility as social secretary and captain (2016/17, 2018/19). During his time, the club won BUCS South Eastern Div 1A three times (2017, 2018, 2019) and the BUCS Trophy twice (2015, 2019). This year, on top of winning both, league and trophy, he has led the team as captain through the playoffs into Premier League South, the UK's highest university volleyball league. Also off the court Dan has given everything for volleyball at Imperial College and outside: coaching Imperial's men's team (during injury related absences of the coach), Imperial's beginners and intermediate teams (past 5 years), as well as Bevin Juniors. Furthermore, he played for Malory Golden Eagles in Division 1. The motivation he has provided during trainings and S&C sessions is the main reason in this years success! I can't believe that he has managed to complete his physics degree while going truly above and beyond for his sport 24/7!

Laura Bevis- Swimming and Waterpolo

Laura has embodied everything a club member, team sport player and captain should strive for this year by going above and beyond the call of duty both in and out of the pool. In spite of injury, Laura has never missed a match or training session and she has shown constant dedication to both playing and coaching polo. She has taught water polo to complete beginners, building and developing a new squad, which made it to the final 16 of BUCS. Laura has organised tours, extra water polo matches for those of all abilities and many social events for her team. Her positive attitude and hours of work put in are shown in the high morale and team spirit in the women's squad this. She herself has performed excellently in all matches, even when injured. She has also served as an active member of the swimming team and key member of the ICSWP committee- making an outstanding contribution to all aspects of the club. She should be proud of everything she has done for women's polo, and ICSWP.

Edmund Jones - Triathlon

Edmund has held four different committee positions over his four years at Imperial. he was Kit Secretary and Treasurer of IC Triathlon; and now President of the club. Edmund has organised Hyde Park Relays 2018. For the last three years, Edmund has also coached 100 core stability sessions and started coaching spin sessions this academic year(See application for coach of the year for more detail).
Edmunds achievements this year: Introduce Social swim sessions, and structured cycle intervals. Organised two London university races and won one. Promoted GB qualification racing. Rewrote club constitution, introduced three new positions to match clubs 50% size increase. Promoted mental health support. Consistent minibus and van driving, mechanic for the club. Built bonds with Swim and cycle clubs, attempt to partner with local club.
Edmund has been giving IC Triathlon most of his free time in his final year of undergraduate studies through volunteer mechanical, coaching and social activities.