Olympic Medallist and England Rugby Captain come together for BUCS Awards dinner 201221/05/2012
BUCS are delighted to announce that BUCS Awards Dinner 2012 will be hosted by Olympic Medallist and BBC Olympic Swimming Correspondent Steve Parry. Parry will be joined by 2003 World Cup Winner, British Lion and former England Rugby Captain Lewis Moody for the after dinner speech and presentations of BUCS Awards.
Parry competed internationally in both 100m and 200m butterfly distances and first represented Great Britain aged 16. He went on to study at Florida State University where he won the NCAA title for the 200m butterfly. Parry collected three medals at the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth games and was selected to compete in both the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, winning a bronze medal in the 200m Butterfly final in 2004 (Athens) finishing behind Michael Phelps and Takashi Yamamoto. One of Britain’s best known swimmers’, Parry has gone onto work for the BBC to present the international swimming coverage and is now a BBC Olympic correspondent.
Parry, one time after dinner speaker and now returning to the BUCS Awards Dinner as host said, “You can’t help but notice the relevance, quality and significant growth in profile of university sport and I am delighted to be involved once again to celebrate this on what is always a remarkable evening”.
Lewis Moody embarked on his professional rugby playing career at Leicester Tigers in 1996 alongside studying for a Business Administration degree at De Montfort University. A dedicated and fearless flanker, ‘Mad Dog’ Moody made his debut for England in 2001 and later went on to amass 71 caps for England, including playing in all of England’s winning World Cup campaign matches in 2003 and receiving an MBE. Moody added three caps for the British Lions 2005 tour to New Zealand, a 2007 World Cup runners up medal topping his collection of accolades with the role of England Captain in 2010/2011. However after 14 years of putting his body on the line, Moody was forced to retire from his illustrious career in March 2012.
Moody commented: “I’m delighted to be attending the BUCS Awards Dinner 2012. I know first-hand the impact that sport has on students and I am excited about sharing some of my experiences and tales from my career.”
BUCS Awards Dinner, in association with PwC, takes place at the University of Exeter on Thursday 12th July 2012 and recognises the sporting successes of BUCS athletes and teams who take part in BUCS competition throughout the year. The Awards Dinner also acknowledges the array of volunteers and supporters, who contribute their time and expertise to University Sport.
For further information on the BUCS Awards dinner, please click here.