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Herald Sports Personality of the Year

Released: 02.02.16

The awards – which took place on February 1 at Plymouth Pavilions – are a celebration of the city's sporting success, from novices to medal winners.

The University of St Mark & St John honoured Plymouth's sports people and was a proud sponsor of the Coach of the Year Award. 

This year, the title of Coach of the Year was was awarded to Plymouth Argyle Football Club's Derek Adams. 

The university is a centre of sporting excellence and contributes to sports sciences and health on a global scale. With world-class facilities and research, and a staggering array of gold medals in its hall of fame, the university has a strong affinity with the Coach of the Year Award.

Marjon's students' contribution to elite sport includes record smashing swimmer and Sports Personality of the Year 2014, Ben Proud, diver Sarah Barrow and internationally renowned swimming coach Jon Rudd, who won Coach of the Year last year. 

As a university with a long-standing reputation, it commits to making a positive contribution and impact on society. Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dr Karen Cook said: "The sports awards are a great example of our city celebrating sport as a catalyst for cultural development, economic growth, and attracting people to live and work in Plymouth.

"We understand how physical activity aids learning, builds resilience, fosters teamwork and healthy communities, so we invest heavily in facilities and staff to reflect this passion.

"This university has been instrumental in developing elite performance, education and social cohesion – why would you choose to study anywhere else?"

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