UWE student and performance athlete, Mohamed Elshorbagy, was crowned BUCS Sportsman of the Year last week as his hard work and talent was recognised.
Mohamed’s success on the squash court began in his teenage years as he consecutively won the World Junior Championship in 2008 and 2009. He then came close to winning a World Series event in 2012, narrowly losing to Ramy Ashour in the final. However, in 2013 it was a different story as Elshorbagy claimed the World Series title in Qatar. He then went on to win five major events in 2014, including his victory at the Delaware Investments US Open in Philadelphia. This outstanding form lifted Mohamed to the world number one spot for the first time in his career according to the Professional Squash Association rankings.
On Thursday 16 July, BUCS held their annual dinner and awards where Mohamed was named ‘BUCS Sportsman of the Year’. In reaction to this prestigious award, Mohamed thanked the staff at UWE, “The support I have been getting from the university the past 6-7 years have been the best and wouldn’t have got this achievement without having a great team behind me.”
Head of Sport, Alex Isaac added, “For university sport this is one of the highest accolades, measuring performance against all university student athletes in every sporting discipline from across the UK. Huge congratulations go to Mohamed for a well-deserved victory and we can’t wait to welcome you back to UWE in September.”
Congratulations on this incredible award, Mohamed!