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Honours for Manchester University club

Saturday 07 May 2011

The Manchester University club have had a tremendous year and this was topped by recognition at the university's Athletic Union Annual Dinner.

The dinner was held at the Palace Hotel in Manchester on Friday 6th May. 

After the success of the team at BUCS, the KUGB Student Nationals and the KUGB Kyu Grades, Mel Finlay, Alex Simon, Cristina Finta, Kiki Pericas-Hewitt, Camille Sandaldjian, Brian Kanyanga, Dan Walters, Prawira Saldin, Kyriakos Solomou and Joe Hart were all awarded the Full-Performance Colours for their outstanding performance at BUCS. Camille also won a Double-Stripe award for her outstanding work as club captain.

The club also won three special awards out of the four it was short-listed in: Sensei Garry Harford won the "Coach of the Year" award for the second time in his career, recognising his fantastic work and level of commitment. Cristina came back with the "Sportswoman of the Year" award for her impressive success in this year's competitions. And finally the club won the "Most Improved Club of the Year" award, due in no small part to their second place overall in BUCS. 

Congratulations to all the awardees, you have made the University and your club proud!

The results for BUCS are given below:

Congratulations go to the team who represented Manchester Uni at the BUCS Championships in Sheffield in March.  The team came second overall which is a fantastic achievement!

Team Kata: Gold
Mens Team Kumite: Bronze
Womens Team Kumite: Bronze
Women's Kata: Christina Finta - Gold
                       Camille Sandaljian - Bronze
Womens Kumite: Alexandra Simon - Gold
                         Erica Pericas-Hewitt - Silver
                         Christina Finta - Bronze
                         Camille Sandaljian - Bronze
Mens Kumite: Brian Kanyanga - Bronze

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