University success at the Lincolnshire Sports Awards

It was a fruitful night at the Lincolnshire Sports Awards for the University of Lincoln’s nominees.

The awards were hosted by BBC Sport’s John Inverdale and honoured the best of the county’s sporting talent.

Senior lecturer in Sports Science, Dan Bishop, was named ‘Sports Educator of the Year‘, whilst student Sophie Wells took ‘Sportswoman of the Year’.

The University of Lincoln's Sports Centre was amongst the honours at the Lincolnshire Sports Awards. Photo: Calum Fuller

The University of Lincoln received the ‘Contribution to Physical Activity Award’ for the ‘Healthy Campus’ initiative, meaning the University’s employment engagement manager Nicola Marshall narrowly missed out.

Speaking to The Linc, Bishop said he was delighted to have been recognised.

He said: “It was fantastic, a really good night. I think that in preparation for these things, you actually don’t prepare yourself in case you don’t win so that you’re not disappointed.

“When they read your name out, you’re almost in disbelief because you’ve told yourself you’re not going to win, and when you see the other people shortlisted, you think they’re probably just as worthy as I am.

“The University did quite well in general. The Sports Centre won an award [‘Contribution to Physical Activity Award’], and one of my students [Sophie Wells] won ‘Sportswoman of the Year’, so we did well as a university as well, which is good for getting our name out there and show we’re doing good things here.”

Another notable winner was Basingham’s Formula One hopeful, Jack Harvey, who beat off his competition to take Young Sportsman of the Year.

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