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15th November 2010, 5:02pm
Hat-trick for Lincoln at county sports awards
Sport science at the University of Lincoln The University of Lincoln was among the winners at an annual awards ceremony which celebrates sporting excellence across the county.

The University achieved a hat-trick of successes at the Lincolnshire Sports Awards 2010.

The annual awards ceremony, organised by the Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, recognises talented sportsmen and women from across the county, as well as the volunteers, coaches and clubs involved in sport and physical activity.

This year's event was held at the Epic Centre on the Lincolnshire Showground on Thursday 11th November and was hosted by BBC television presenter John Inverdale.

In total 16 awards were available across a wide range of categories. Staff and students from the University of Lincoln picked up three of the awards on offer.

Sophie Wells, the University's Student Sports Ambassador, won Sportswoman of the Year 2010. Sophie is the first Para-rider to represent GB at a major able bodied championships and she won silver in the European Championship Team Dressage in September. She was selected to represent GB in the World Equestrian Games and is on course to achieving her aim of competing in the GB Dressage Team at the London 2012 Olympics.

Dan Bishop, Programme Leader for Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Lincoln, won the Sports Educator of the Year Award 2010 in recognition of his work with students and sports coaches.

The University of Lincoln also won the Contribution to Physical Activity Award for its Healthy Campus Programme, which aims to encourage healthy living across the community, including among University students, staff and alumni.

Robin Wright, Director of Sport at the University of Lincoln, said: "We are extremely proud of our award winners: Sophie Wells, who is our Student Sports Ambassador, as she makes claim to her London 2012 place in Equine Sport; Dan Bishop who won Sports Educator of the Year; and the University Sports Centre Team, which has created a unique healthy campus programme which is now being promoted across other universities as best practice. This is a tremendous achievement which reflects the high standards that we aspire to in sport at the University of Lincoln."

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