November 13, 2014, by brzwc1

More wizard ideas for our Greatest Sporting Heroes

Nominations for The University of Nottingham’s Greatest Sporting Heroes continue to pour in but you only have three days left to tell us your choices.

Last week, we highlighted some of the sporting heroes from yesteryear, including a lovely nomination for one rifle marksman, a student at University College Nottingham in the early 1930s. This week, we thought we would share some of the more offbeat and less well-known nominations.


Quidditch Society

The JK Rowling-inspired Harry Potter game Quidditch is a fast-growing, worldwide sport and University of Nottingham students are no strangers to passing the quaffle and chasing the snitch. Our Students’ Union (SU) Quidditch Society plays the game twice a week on the Downs and competes in the Quidditch UK League under the name of the Nottingham Nightmares.

SU Quidditch Team

SU Quidditch Team

Nottingham student Craig Midwinter was so successful at the game that earlier this year he was selected to play for the Great Britain Quidditch team. The Nottingham team was nominated because of its friendly and encouraging inclusivity and ability to get people playing an active and healthy sport.

Craig Midwinter

Craig Midwinter


Ultimate Frisbee

Another rising sport over the last few years has been Ultimate Frisbee. This fast-paced activity is increasing its participation rates among men and women and the SU has teams competing in men’s, women’s and mixed divisions. The club has been nominated for its great coaches and committee and huge improvement in performance levels, which have led to the first team achieving a number one seeding in the region.

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You can watch here  highlights of the U23 2013 World Championships in Toronto, where Nottingham player Robert Coddington represented Great Britain.


Former Deputy Director of Sport and Physical Recreation at the University, Diane Hardwick, has also been nominated as one of the University’s Greatest Sporting Heroes for her contribution to women’s sport over her career, especially in netball and squash and for encouragement of young sports stars.


Mountaineering Club – Peter Boardman

Peter Boardman was an English graduate and President of the University Mountaineering Club. He is best known for his climbs in the Himalayas with bold, lightweight innovative expeditions. Sadly, he died as he attempted Everest’s notorious NE Ridge in 1982. His lasting legacy was the books he wrote and the Boardman-Tasker Prize for mountain literature now in its 31st year. Pete was nominated as a sporting hero because “his life was an inspiration to very many through his achievements and his writing – a true hero who tragically died in pursuit of his sport”.


Rugby – Mike Carr

Former Sutton Bonington alumnus Mike Carr (Agriculture 1966), has also received a nomination. Now officially retired, but still an Emeritus Professor at Cranfield University, Mike played fly-half at rugby for the University between 1962-66 and his nominator praises him and his attitude towards sport, referring to him as “one of the unsung heroes of University and British sport”.


Cricket – Gordon Edwards

University Cricket Club captain Gordon Edwards (Mechanical Engineering 1970) played first class cricket for Nottinghamshire in the early 1970s and was nominated by another alumnus who remembers him winning awards for his “outstanding contribution to wider University life and acting as an ambassador for the University at a national level”.

The men’s football team of 1996-97 and the first XV rugby team of 1971 have also been nominated in the Greatest Sporting Teams category for their success in reaching the pinnacle of sporting achievement in what is now the British Universities and Colleges Sport competitions.


Nominate your sporting hero now

Please do keep your nominations coming and remember:

  • You can take part simply by nominating your Nottingham sports legends in one or more of our four categories.
  • Nominate your heroes by Sunday 16 November to ensure they are in the running to take the title.
  • We’ve had some great nominations so far, see who has already been nominated.
  • All nominations will go through to our expert panel, who will select a shortlist of candidates for each category.
  • From 1-16 December the shortlists will be publicly available, giving you the chance to vote for your favourites and help decide who will be crowned Nottingham’s Greatest Sporting Heroes!


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