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Hughes success at the Cambridge University Sports Awards

Two of our students have been recognised at the University 2024 Sports Awards, held on Monday 17th June.

These awards take place every year during Easter term to celebrate sporting achievement at the university and recognise successes not only of clubs and teams, but also individuals.

Jack Murphy (left) wins Sports Club Personality of the Year; Arden Dierker Viik wins award for Outstanding Contribution

Sports Club Personality of the Year

Hughes PhD student in Engineering, Jack Murphy, won the award in the category of Sports Club Personality of the Year. This category recognises the individual who is the life and soul of the club that they are in, and one who has made the club better because they are a part of it.

Jack’s nomination for the award read, “Jack Murphy perfectly embodies the spirit of CUIHC with his selflessness, dedication, altruism and sporting excellence. He stands out not only as an outstanding athlete but also as a natural leader and mentor to people across the teams within the club and beyond. In his two years at Cambridge so far, Jack has contributed not only to his team, or to the whole club, but also to the wider Cambridge community. We believe that his positive attitude, unwavering dedication, and commitment to mentorship make him the ideal candidate for Sports Club Personality of the Year.”

Outstanding Contribution

Arden Dierker Viik, Graduate Medical Student at Hughes Hall, won an award in the category of Outstanding Contribution. Individuals nominated in this category have shown unwavering dedication, commitment and wholeheartedness to sport at Cambridge. Whether through playing, administration, committee organisation, volunteering or fundraising, the winners made an outstanding contribution to their clubs.

Her nomination read, “Arden is CUAFC’s longest-serving student member (to my knowledge). She played her first game for CUAFC 10 years ago and since then has started all but her first two games. She has always been a crucial part of the club, coming to games after exams, GP placements, and long days at Addenbrookes. Taking on many committee roles during her time at Cambridge I can confidently say the club is better for having Arden in it. After leaving the pitch with a broken collarbone in last year’s Varsity game we are so glad to have celebrated a Varsity clean sheet with Arden, as she is so integral to the success of the Blues. This club legend will be a big miss and she deserves recognition for her service to CUAFC and sport in Cambridge!”

 College Team of the Year

The All Greys Rugby Union Football Club was also shortlisted for the College Team of the Year category. The All Greys are a rugby team made of players from Cambridge’s mature and graduate colleges.

This was a new award created to recognise and celebrate teams who best demonstrate the college sport values of respect, participation, sportsmanship and enjoyment. The teams shortlisted all sought to actively improve the provision for the student community at their college.

The All Greys Rugby Union Football Club was shortlisted in the College Team of the Year category