Sheffield University Canoe Club were honoured for their efforts this year at the British Canoeing Volunteer and Athlete Recognition Awards last week.
SUCC took the runners-up award in the Team of the Year category, which was won by Halifax Canoe Club, at the awards ceremony in Nottingham.
It was an unprecedented achievement in itself, with SUCC becoming the first university canoe club to be invited to the prestigious event at Eastwood Hall en route to collecting the trophy.
The night was a celebration of the role canoe clubs across Great Britain have played in raising the sport’s profile in a year that featured success in both the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio.
SUCC were recognised for a wide range of volunteering efforts, principally for raising £987.09 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital in ergothons which saw participants paddle the length of the River Don and the distance from Sheffield to Liverpool.
The club’s tireless efforts in reaching out to new potential canoers saw 80 novices take part in the Sportivate project, while SUCC ergo machines were used to assist in the South Yorkshire School Games and ‘Do it For You Day’ at local schools.
The multiple ‘Give it a Go’ sessions run by the society contributed to SUCC receiving the Commitment to Inclusions gong at Sport Sheffield’s Sports Awards earlier this year.
Competitive club achievements included finishing second at the National Student Rodeo and winning a boat for the second year running and taking the runners-up award in the Yorkshire Division 3 canoe polo tournament.
Rosie Broadbent, who served as Training and Development Officer for two years before leaving in April, represented SUCC at the awards ceremony.
Broadbent told Forge Sport: “We are truly honoured to have received this award and it’s a reflection of our hard work over the last few years. It’s great to represent universities clubs across the UK. I am so proud of SUCC for receiving this award.
“It was such a fantastic opportunity to be invited to such a prestigious event, let alone win an award. I hope we can continue our ‘SUCCess’ in the future!”