As the end of University draws closer, it is time for the Student Union’s clubs and societies to celebrate their achievements throughout the year. The sudden increase in students wearing dinner suits in the town centre suggests, the most popular way to do this is in the form of a summer ball. The Courier reports on what happened at the Athletics and Cross-Country (NUAXC) Summer Ball earlier this month.
Although a last couple of athletics events remain, including the NUAXC organised Tyne-Cup in June, the club donned their best outfits and took to The Living Room on Grey Street to unwind after a successful year for the club.
NUAXC President of 2016-17, Jack Olsen, who leaves this year said:
“The ball is a really important evening for the club as it allows us to reflect on the year’s hard work and successes with our coaches who have paved the way for such a successful year - I’ll really miss next year.”
Social Secretary Rachael Harrison, who worked hard in organising the event, spoke of the venue being a “tradition” for the club and commented on the fact it was “cheap enough to meet our ideal ticket price for all the food and drinks” which kept the runners happy. The Living Room prides itself on its “amazing selection of wines” and “delicious cocktails” and is, in-fact, launching a new menu on Wednesday 17th May. Attendees chose their preferred food from a set three-course menu which included a Rump Steak and Pulled Pork Burger.
The meal was followed by the traditional club awards which feature a range of serious, and some fun, accolades. Alice Nottingham won Athlete of the Year whilst Shona Haston scooped up Runner of the Year as well as Cross-Country Fresher of the Year for the immediate impact she has made on the club since arriving at the University.
Shona also shared Runner’s Runner with fellow-fresher Charis Taylor with new President Katie Travers picking up Athlete’s Athlete. Shona stated that “winning the awards was a good way to top off a great night” and that she is “looking forward to being captain next year and hopefully the team will continue to be successful”.
The night also acted as a hand-over of responsibilities from the current committee to next year’s who were voted for the week before at the annual AGM.