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Hawk of the Year Awards

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The Hawk of the Year award honours a Cambridge sportsman who has exemplified everything it means to be a Hawk. The award recipient will be decided by means of a vote cast by resident hawks and the winner will be announced sometime after voting closes on Thursday 19th May at 12 noon.

The submissions have been cut down to the the following two finalists:

Henry Hoffstot (CUBC)pjimage (1)

Presidency of the Cambridge University Boat Club is a role not to be taken lightly. When Henry Hoffstot was elected President in May 2015, the CUBC had not won an undisputed Boat Race since 2010. Over the course of the following year Henry grafted tirelessly to deliver Cambridge to a triumphant win over Oxford in 2016. In the face of seemingly unstoppable Dark Blue momentum, Henry has led from the front both in the gym and on the water. He has consistently ranked first among internal land testing and water assessments, providing a model for others to follow.

In October, he was selected to race the Head of the Charles in CUBC’s lead coxed four, finishing only one second behind the US Rowing Team four and, one month later, he led the same lineup to victory in the Fours Head of the River. This is was the first time since 2008 that a Cambridge coxed four had emerged victorious, beating both Oxford and a crew from the GB Senior Team in the process.

The ultimate racer, Henry was selected to row in the key six seat of the Blue Boat for the first fixture against the formidable Oxford Brookes eight, a crew that went on to beat Oxford and to win the 2016 Head of the River Race. Brookes threw everything at them, but the Light Blues kept their cool and rowed back from a 2 length deficit to claim a convincing victory. Henry then led Cambridge to an assertive victory against the German U23 8+ with a number of Junior and U23 World Champions in its midst.

On 27th March, ahead of the showdown in the 162nd Boat Race, Henry was invited to call the toss and select Cambridge’s station. The confidence and inevitability of the success that was to follow was extremely clear, as Cambridge led and controlled the race from the start. The verdict of 2 ½ lengths was the largest Cambridge winning margin in a race without interruption or incident since 1999. Having stroked the 2014 and 2015 Boat Races, Henry was the public face of two very difficult losses for the club and his resilience through this period has been remarkable. In leading Cambridge to win, Henry laid to rest demons of the previous two races, and has halted Oxford’s advance.

Henry has an intimidatingly competitive streak, and fostered an electric belief among the other athletes in the crew that this year would belong to the Light Blues. He has always sought to be the best athlete he can be. In the summer of his first year, for example, Henry self-fundraised over £12,000 to go to the 2014 Senior World Championships, which he hopes will have provided a stepping stone for selection for the Rio Olympic Games this summer.

Henry is an exemplary athlete and outstanding leader. History will remember his Presidency via the gold leafed honours boards in the Goldie Boathouse, which has recorded every race since 1829. There will shine a single word, representing Henry’s efforts to turn the Dark Blue winning tide: “WON.”


Nipuna Senaratne (CUCC, CUHC)pjimage

When Jesus medic Nipuna Senaratne received his first Cambridge Blue (Cricket, 2012) nobody could have envisaged the Oxf*rd-hating sporting Goliath that the mildmannered fresher would become. In the 4 years since that fateful knock of 57 at Lord’s he has amassed statistics that speak for themselves; 4 Varsity one-day matches, 2 fourday matches, 2 twenty20 matches, and CUCC secretary in 2012/13.

Not content with the one sport, Nipuna joined CUHC in his second year where he guided a Wanderers side to a Varsity win and into the promotion spots. He made the step up to the Blues the following year and has dominated the centre of midfield in all 3 Varsity Matches since (2014, 2015, 2016). It comes as no surprise that the gritty CUHC terrier has won all 4 of his hockey Varsities and that he was awarded man-of-the-match for his performance this year.

“But Hawk of the year isn’t just about attainment”, I hear you cry, and I agree. However, Nipuna offers much more than sporting prowess. On top of all his achievements, he has remained modest, hard working, and ever willing to help others out. It has been a pleasure to get to know and play alongside 7-time Blue Nipuna Senaratne over the past 5 years, and it is for the reasons above that I believe he deserves your consideration for Hawk of the year. G.D.B.O.

Jamie Giddins (CUGC, CUSRC, CURTC, CURC)pjimage (3)

Jamie Giddins is in his third year at Cambridge and has managed to represent Cambridge in an incredible eleven Varsity Matches. He remains undefeated against Oxford in his own capacity at golf, real tennis, and rackets and has individually won 17 of his 20 matches against Oxford. Jamie has been a central part of his four teams success over the past three years both competitively and in an organisational sense where he has served as captain or on the committee of four different clubs. Jamie epitomises the age of saying that sports do not build character. They reveal it. His dedication and passion for competing have inspired many within the various teams in which he has competed as has his camaraderie and spirit to win. We, therefore, ask you to consider Jamie Giddins accordingly for the Hawks Club sportsman of the year award.

– 3 Full Blues
– 100% record against Oxford in the varsity singles matches.
– Won all but two matches for CUGC in the entirety of the 2015-2016 season.
– U18 Surrey County player
– Committee Member 2014-2015
– Full Blue
– Committee Member 2015-2016
Real Tennis
– 3 Half Blues
– 100% record in all 6 varsity matches; leading the team to three successive Varsity wins
– Cambridge Captain 2014-15
– Cambridge number 1 pair who have won of the Real Tennis British Premier League 2015-16
– Part of 2 Cambridge inter-university winning teams
– Amateur World Number 17
– British Amateur Number 8
– Representative for GB U26 in Australia, beating Australia and USA.
– U24 British doubles champion
– U18 British doubles champion
– 3 Half Blues
– 100% record in all 6 varsity matches; leading the team to three successive Varsity wins for the first time since 1914.
– Cambridge Captain 2014-15
– World number 15
– Two time U21 British singles champion
– Two time U24 British singles champion
– Two time U21 British doubles champ
– US Amateur finalist
The Hawks Club
– Committee Member 2015-2016
– Hawks Club Barber Award Winner 2015
– Hawks Club Marshall Award Winner 2016

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Disclaimer: This poll is not representative of what Resident Hawks have voted officially.

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