Shilton speaks to top students

Football legend Peter Shilton helped recognise the top sporting achievers at the annual University of Sheffield Sport Awards.

The focus was on the achievements of the diverse range of sporting clubs run by the University and alongside traditional sports like football, netball and lacrosse, the more unusual and emerging ones such as korfball and ultimate frisbee were also nominated.

Second year physics student Kris Wales, who competes in athletics and orienteering for the University, won the Sports Person of the Year award. “It was a big surprise for me. I was proud just to be nominated and never really expected to win,” said Kris who now has his sights set on the Junior World Athletics Championships in Poland next month.

Shilton, whose 30 year goalkeeping career saw him become England’s most capped player, spoke of the importance of sport for the individual, the community and society as a whole and praised the efforts of everyone involved at the University.