The winner of this years Chris Potter Sports Bursary Award is James Findon from Kings College London. James has received the £750 bursary for his outstanding contribution he has made to athletics, not only at Kings but across universities in London.
The Chris Potter Sports Bursary is an annual award that has been running for the last 25 years in memory of Chris, who was a student at Bristol University and AU President in 1987/88. The bursary is awarded each year in recognition to a student who has demonstrated that they have made a significant contribution to student sport at their university.
To read James' full story on why he was selected as this year’s winner click here.
After hearing the news of winning the bursary James had the following comments:
"I’m greatly honoured and hugely grateful to BUCS and the Potter family for this award. None of my work with LUCA or the athletics clubs would have been possible without the fantastic support from King’s Sport, KCLSU, Student Central and London Athletics. I consider myself immensely lucky to work with some great sports professionals, students and coaches from across London to make LUCA and the clubs successful. LUCA especially is an example of what we can achieve when we forget our differences and come together to work cooperatively. There is so much work ahead to secure the future of LUCA and the clubs but this bursary will provide the motivation and financial assistance to make it happen."
James will be officially recognised for the bursary at the BUCS Awards Dinner in Warwick on Thursday 16 July 2016.
The success of LUCA and Kings athletics has been a team effort and James wanted to give special mention to the following people:
Calvi Thompson – President of Kings AXC – Works around the clock to support the club and is a wonderful distance coach and runner
Sarah Murphy – UCL Captain & TGC organiser – Has developed UCL sprint squad from the ground up and has championed the TGC event at UCL and at LUCA
Matt Douthwaite – Imperial Student who has organised LCAS this year
Jonny Laybounre – UCL graduate who is secretary of the LCL. Takes time out of work to organise and marshal the league.
Victor Mound – President of UCL who’s energy and passion for running has taken the club to a new level. Co-secretary of the LCL as well.
Hannah Baynham – Kings Welfare Sec. Unsung hero of Kings Athletics who ensures everyone is welcomed in the club.
A special mention must also go to Lewis Ridett from Brunel University who received the runners up bursary of £250 for his significant contribution to Weightlifting at Brunel.
The annual bursary will be open again for students (both undergraduates and postgraduates) to apply at the start of 2016-17 academic year and will be promoted via the BUCS website, e-newsletters and social media links.
If you would like to receive a direct email notification of when applications are open please email Amy Seaman, Sport Development Manager at BUCS.