The Sports Awards
Given the situation regarding the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the impact this has had on our everyday life, we have decided to move the delivery of the Sports Awards 2020 online.
The Sports Awards have always been a big occasion in the sporting year. An opportunity to come together and hear what our student athletes have been up to and to congratulate those who have had success through Excellence, Experience or Engagement. With us all staying safely at home, and as we work through this extraordinarily challenging situation, we ask you all to take some time to bring some positivity into your day as you listen to stories from across the student sport clubs highlighting their achievements this season.
A Week of Sporting Celebration
Saints Sport is proud to present a week of sporting celebrations through all its social media channels from Monday 27 April to Friday 1 May 2020. You can share in these achievements safely wherever you are, at a time that’s right for you. The programme for the week including details of the awards can be found below.
Event Brochure 2020
Please click on the link below to view the full list of recipients for this year's awards:
Saints Sport Awards 2020 Brochure (PDF, 9,140 KB)
Bringing the finalists to you:
Each day at 12.30 the awards finalists will be detailed on Saints Sport’s social media channels. The winners will be announced at 7.30pm and the daily Sports Awards film released. Each video will showcase the finalists and include additional films which highlight how sport contributes to the unique St Andrews experience.
The Saints Sport social media channels will bring you all the latest information. The videos will be held on the Saints Sport YouTube page so you can watch them back at a time that suits you.
We hope you can join us as we celebrate what has been a fantastic year for our student athletes.
For more information or any queries, please contact:
Marketing and Communications Manager
The Opening Ceremony
Monday 27 April 2020
Welcome to the Virtual Sports Awards 2020
Please click on the link below for an introduction to this year's awards, including a review of the best sporting highlights from 2019-20, an overview of the week of awards to come and a chance to meet the judging panel.
Saints Sport Awards 2020 Introduction (PDF, 825 KB)
Full Blues are awarded to athletes with senior international representation.
Half blues are awarded to athletes who have displayed exceptional sporting achievement that is not at the level of a Full Blue.
Colours are awarded to students who have demonstrated extreme sporting excellence not at the standard of a Half Blue, have enhanced student experience or have enhanced club engagement.
Please click on the link below to view the full list of recipients for this year's Blues, Half-Blues and Colours awardsSaints Sport Awards 2020 Chapter 1 (PDF, 3,428 KB)
Excellence within Sport
Tuesday 28 April 2020
The Professor Sam Taylor Bejant(ine) Award is awarded to a matriculated first year student who has shown outstanding sporting ability during their first year at university. This award was instituted by Professor Sam Taylor who has made a long and valued contribution to the committees of the Athletic Union.
The Provost’s Scholar/Bursar of the year award shall be awarded to a supported athlete for outstanding athletic performance and achievement. The award will be given to a student that has made a significant contribution to the Athletic Union club and/or has raised the profile of the sport and the University through their sporting success and commitment.
This award is judged by the Provost, using a shortlist provided by the blues and colours committee.
This award is aimed at sporting excellence which is at the pinnacle of sport. This is the highest award conferrable by the Athletic Union for excellence in sport.
This award is judged by the blues and colours committee in conjunction with the Chancellor.
The Continued Achievement Award shall be awarded to a final year student who has achieved significant recognition (usually a blue) in their first or second year and sustained this contribution at the same standard throughout their university career.
Please click on the link below to view the full list of recipients for this year's Excellence within Sport awards:
Saints Sports Awards 2020 Chapter 2 (PDF, 5,211 KB)
Engagement within Sport
Wednesday 29 April 2020
The Volunteer of the Year award shall highlight the voluntary work of a club member pushing forward experience and engagement within the club, Saints Sport and the wider community within one year.
For further information, please see the volunteering and leadership panel of the Saints Sport website.
This year's award is generously sponsored by the University's official sportswear partner Macron Store Dundee.
The Peter McKiernan volunteer award shall be awarded to an individual who has given outstanding voluntary service to their sport, for their university club and/or in the community, during the course of their degree.
This award was instituted in 2010 by Peter McKiernan, former chair of the athletic union governing board.
The Director of Sport Volunteering award shall be awarded to a club who has given outstanding voluntary service to Saints Sport through activities such as outreach, charity contribution and Community engagement.
This award is judged by the blues and colours committee in conjunction with the Director of Sport.
The Green Club of the year award recognises the club that has made a significant effort to reduce the environmental impact of either their own members, members of Saints Sport, or members of the University of St Andrews.
Please click on the link below to view the full list of recipients for this year's Engagement within Sport awards:
Sports Awards 2020 Chapter 3 (PDF, 5,416 KB)
Experience within Sport
Thursday 30 April 2020
The Volunteer Coach of the Year award shall be awarded for outstanding service to Saints Sport.
The award can be made to any individual striving to promote and develop excellence in performance and management of that club.
There is no limit to the number of coaches that each club can nominate for this award.
The Archie Strachan Award shall be awarded to the individual who has been of outstanding service to the athletic union or one of its clubs and who has helped move sport at St Andrews forward. This is the highest award conferrable from the Athletic Union for service.
This award was instituted by the former director of physical education (1955-1985) Archie Strachan who made a long and valued contribution to the promotion of student sport in St Andrews.
Each club may submit one nomination for the award.
The Saints Sport Staff Member award shall be awarded to a full or part-time member of staff involved with Saints Sport, who has had the greatest impact within a year.
The award should reflect the achievements of an individual who has gone above and beyond the requirements of their work, to improve the experience of students at the University.
Please click on the link below to view the full list of recipients for this year's Experience within Sport awards:
Saints Sport Awards 2020 Chapter 4 (PDF, 4,418 KB)
Friday 1 May 2020
The Athlete of the Year award shall be awarded to the sportsperson who has demonstrated outstanding athletic performance.
The Team of the Year award shall be awarded to one of the Athletic Union’s club teams for outstanding performance in competition.
The Most Improved Club award shall be awarded to the club which has shown the greatest improvement in management and results over the academic year, specifically across the areas of excellence, experience and engagement.
This award is accompanied by a monetary prize of £500 which may be used by the club for any legitimate club purposes.
The Club of the Year award shall be awarded to a club which has shown the most outstanding commitment to achieving excellence, experience and engagement.
Please click on the link below to view the full list of recipients for this year's awards encompassing Excellence, Experience and Engagement:
Saints Sport Awards 2020 - Chapter 5 (PDF, 5,573 KB)