Lions voted Brum’s best
Birmingham Lions’ 2014/15 season couldn’t have got much better one might have thought – national title retained, second team established and finding form across their debut campaign and a first endeavour for any British women’s tackle team in to Europe, to name just a few of the highlights – but their season was truly completed in style last night when the team scooped the prestigious Team of the Year award at the 2015 Birmingham Sports Awards.
The glittering ceremony, hosted by the Birmingham Mail and Post and supported by headline sponsors Game Angling Consultancy, proudly featured prime Midlands talent from a variety of sporting disciplines, from Formula 1 motor sport’s Nigel Mansell, to England World Cup football star, Karen Carney, rugby’s Jordan Crane from Leicester Tigers to 2012 Paralympic silver medallist Jon-Allan Butterworth, it was very much an all-star cast gracing Villa Park’s Holte Suite and the Lions were delighted to even be in such company, let alone win.
Up against teams from Birchfield Harriers Senior Men and the University of Birmingham’s Ultimate Frisbee the Lions knew their challenge was a tough one. The Harriers had this year, for the first time since 1991, been crowned atop British Athletics’ Premier Division and finished second in the British Championships, whilst the University Frisbee side had won both indoor and outdoor national University championships and received 5 international call-ups, but ultimately neither team could live with the Lions collective success: unprecedented growth, British champions again with the country’s number one ranked offense and defense and the pièce de resistance, 16 international caps for Great Britain honours at the recent European Championships.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the whole club” offered Head Coach Jamie Kilby, “it’s been a great season for us, and whilst we’re busy preparing for the up and coming season, this is a great boost and affirmation that everything we’ve been doing to date is standing us in good stead for the future.”
The Lions indeed are ready to welcome their new batch of recruits, when they open their doors in just a few short days’ time, for their first of six rookie camps – click here for more information – but in the meantime, congratulations team, for what’s been one heck of a year.