'We're incredibly proud of you' netballers are told
Professor Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, has paid tribute to TeamBath’s remarkable netball team, who won their fourth Superleague crown out of five campaigns this season.
The Vice-Chancellor was speaking at a reception held at the team’s Sports Training Village base to celebrate its success.
TeamBath continued their domination of the Superlegue by beating Mavericks 51-44 in a thrilling final.
"I just wanted to say congratulations. I am incredibly proud of you," said Professor Breakwell. "You do tremendous work on the court and I know you are tremendous ambassadors for the University off the court.
"I particularly want to congratulate Pamela Cookey for being named the best player in the Superleague for the third year running," she added.
Stephen Baddeley, Director of Sport at the University of Bath, added: "I'm equally proud of your achievements. It's quite easy to put the mechanics required to achieve in sport down on a piece of paper, what's difficult is to generate and maintain the right culture. Clearly we have found that.
"You are role models for other sports, not just by winning, but by the way you engage the wider community,” he told team members.
TeamBath captain Pamela Cookey is a University of Bath Business Administration graduate and has featured in all four of the team's winning Superleague campaigns. She is about to head off to Australia with the England team as part of their preparations for the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games – one of six TeamBath players on the tour.
"I am eternally grateful to everyone at TeamBath and at the University of Bath," she said. "I am proud and honoured to be the team’s captain, and the team did amazingly well. Thank you so much.
"There was so much passion and belief in our team spirit and in each other, and that brings out the best in us."
Among the guests at Monday's celebration event were England national coach Sue Hawkins and team manager Liz Bloor.
TeamBath's 2010 Superleague victory followed on from triumphs in 2006, 2007 and 2009.
In addition to Cookey's incredible feat of winning three successive player of the season titles, TeamBath's head coach, Jess Garland, was named coach of the year following the team's success.