Colours Ball 2015 was bigger and better than any year before it, the Bears assembled helmets removed, goggles off, boots left at home ready for the ultimate sporting celebration. This year the Bears have reached new heights, getting into the top 50 for BUCS point and a hugely successful This Girl Can campaign putting Royal Holloway on the map.
The night’s most successful team was undoubtedly Women’s basketball who scooped two awards, the Team of the Year and Performance Package Team of the Year awards, following an incredible season which saw them undefeated in the league and LUSL cup winners.We wish them all the luck for their premiership play-off match later in April. Co-Pres Welfare and Diversity, Sidonie, then presented the shiny new Liberation awards, in the shape of numerous bottles of wines, which went to Men’s and Women’s Rugby for their tireless commitment to the I Heart Consent campaign launched by the SU this year. Men’s Rugby added to their haul with the Community Action plaque, after a year which saw the team create their own naked calendar and charity single.
Talking of charity singles, attendees were treated to an exclusive first performance of the Royal Holloway Sport Choir’s charity single during the night- CDs available to buy from the SA office now! The winners however of RAG event of the year were the truly deserving Cycling club after their exhausting sponsored ride from Lands End to John O’Groats, raising £2000 for charity.
Women’s Football, after having an amazing year under President Cissy Radford, picked up two big awards of the night; Skills and Employability Shield and RAG Outstanding Contribution. This is a testament to all of their hard work raising over £3,000 for Cancer Research from Onesie trainings to their amazing Bingo night as well as all their informative careers sessions including an Alumni Q&A. Women’s Football really does walk on water.
The main award of the night went to a club that’s been making serious waves this year; Royal Holloway’s Swimming club were the well-deserved winners of Club of the Year 2015. And the club plans to continue its huge success into this term- look out for updates of their plans to swim the English Channel for charity!
Despite the many individual and club successes, the night however belonged to Co-Pres Sports and Development Jason Michalski for making dreams come true with a live performance of his Thrift Shop parody- Macklemore jacket and all. Thanks to Jason and all the SA team for an amazing night of celebrations.