Five members of the Men’s Water Polo team have been awarded the highest sporting award available at the University.
On Friday 9th May the annual Reds Dinner was held at Bristol Zoo. A Red is awarded to ‘individuals who have produced exceptional performance at a level of achievement and commitment beyond that normally associated with University 1st team play’. This year saw five Reds awarded to UBSWPC Men's Water Polo players with incoming Captain George Mack, former Captain Kieran Whittle, GB veteran Andy Crawford, UBSWPC stalwart Charlie Harbot and Vice-President Adam Clarke-Williams each gaining the prestigious award. They join Elliot Murphy and Joel Thomas, two recent UBSWPC Reds.
This achievement is particularly special as a Red has never been awarded to five members of the same team in one year. It undoubtedly comes in light of the team’s recent third consecutive BUCS Championship title, a feat never achieved by a team at Bristol. Captain Joe Worland said of the achievement “these boys have each won three BUCS golds, it’s a pretty special achievement and we’re all delighted that they’ve been rewarded for that”. George and Adam have only been part of the team for three years, meaning that Adam will graduate with a 100% BUCS Championship record, whilst George will lead the challenge for his fourth title next year.
Social Sec Jonny McDaniell commented “we had a big influx of players in 2012 and we’re all hoping to replicate their success by winning gold again in 2015”, while fresher Tristan Bradshaw noted “clearly the bar has been set pretty high for incoming club members – we’ll do all we can to uphold the winning traditions of the club”.
England Ladies Rugby player Sophie Hemmings and double winter Paralympian Anna Turney were guest speakers at the event last Friday. Other Red recipients included students from Ultimate Frisbee, Fencing, Hockey and Sailing among other sports.
Written by Joe Worland