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Proud of our elite sport scholars and alumni

Released: 03.02.15

Congratulations go to Ben Proud, John Rudd and Sarah Barrow, winners at the Herald Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2014.

Winner of the Sports Personality of the Year 2014 went to swimmer Ben Proud. Under the wing of Coach of the Year Jon Rudd, Proud took to the world stage to become double Commonwealth Games champion in the summer.

At the Glasgow games, Proud won his first senior international medals, becoming Commonwealth Games champion at 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly. He then added a 50m butterfly bronze and 4x100m medley relay gold for Britain at his first European Championships the following month.

Director of Sport at the University, Stan Cinnamond, said: “I would like to congratulate not only all of the winners at tonight’s Sports Awards, but also all of those who were nominated. This year’s awards ceremony illustrates the incredible depth of sporting talent that exists within the city.

"The collaborative approach to the development and delivery of sport within Plymouth is now paying great dividends. It is hoped that, with the sports initiatives that are being introduced, more people within Plymouth will be inspired to participate in sport and physical activity.”

Sarah Barrow, University student, won the award for Champagne Moment of the Year. Now 26, the Diving Olympian's list of achievements includes her individual European gold medal at Berlin – the first by a British female diver from the 10m board since 1927.

In tandem with her friend and club and international team-mate, Tonia Couch, she won the 10m synchro medal for England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She also won a synchro silver with Couch at the Fina World Series event in Canada.

University of St Mark & St John Vice-Chancellor, Professor Cara Aitchison, presented at the awards. She said: "Many of us here this evening are centrally involved in developing an environment conducive to sport and physical activity and in fostering education and economic growth.

“We all have a shared aspiration to enable our city and its young people to achieve their full potential.

"We have the research and evidence to demonstrate that sport and physical activity aid learning, build individuals’ resilience, foster teamwork and lead to healthy and cohesive families and communities."

Taking home the award for Coach of the Year, alumnus Jon Rudd, is an internationally renowned, high performance swimming coach. He studied at the University of St Mark & St John and is Head Coach of Plymouth Leander Swimming.

As Head Coach of the Senior Great Britain team he took four athletes to compete in four different nations at the 2012 Olympic Games, including Ruta Meilutyte who won the Olympic 100m Breaststroke title.


The winners are:  

Amateur Sports Personality of the Year - David King (Athletics, sprint hurdler)

Administrator of the Year - Stuart Munday (Tavistock Cricket Club)

Sports Teacher of the Year - Graham Pearson (Eggbuckland Community College)

Team of the Year - Ivybridge RFC

Community Club of the Year - Marine Academy FC

Sports Official of the Year - Darren Bolt (Basketball referee)

Coach of the Year - John Rudd (Plymouth Leander Head Coach)

Outstanding Contribution to Sport - Alan Kimber (Plymouth Judo Club since 1960)

Champagne Moment of the Year - Sarah Barrow (Diver, Britain’s first women’s European Championship gold medallist for 75 years)

Good Sport, Fair Play, Respect - Railway Beacon U11s

Rob Daley Award - James Arnott

Young Sports Personality of the Year - Luz Esperanza Merry (Wheelchair tennis player)

Sport Personality of the Year - Ben Proud (Double Commonwealth Games champion)


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