- Reed receives BUCS sporting honour
- England international also named University of Exeter Sports Woman of the Year
Photo: Simon Roe
University of Exeter women’s rugby captain, sports scholar, and England international, Amber Reed has been awarded Sports Woman of the Year at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) national awards.
The National Governing Body for Higher Education Sport in the UK, BUCS, saw 155 institutions compete at over 50 sports in 2012/13. Every year the season culminates in an awards ceremony where outstanding teams and athletes are recognised for their achievements.
Amber was selected from thousands of female athletes from across the country for her outstanding achievements, both for Exeter University and for England. Captaining the women’s rugby club at Exeter, Amber led the team to victory in the BUCS National Championship this year. In November 2012 she was also selected for the England Women’s senior rugby squad and has become a regular starter for the side, competing in all of this year’s Six Nations matches and becoming the second highest scorer of the tournament.
Assistant Director of Sport (Performance and Competitions) Nick Beasant commented: “Amber’s commitment to rugby at the university and for her country has been an inspiration to those around her and is only matched by her modesty.
“Amber thoroughly deserves this award as it was her standout leadership which helped guide the Women’s Rugby team to their historic win at Twickenham in March.”
Photo: Craig Mercer
The award is a mirror of the acclaim that Amber received at the University of Exeter Athletic Union Awards where she also picked up Sports Woman of the Year alongside Best Team with her women’s rugby teammates.
Outgoing Athletic Union president Joe Batten commented: “Amber has been an asset to the women’s rugby team, leading them to some fantastic achievements this year.
“Off the field she is also an outstanding contributor to sport in Exeter, regularly volunteering to coach rugby to girls at St Luke’s School through our Sports Volunteering Scheme.”
Nick Beasant paid tribute to Amber’s contribution during her time at Exeter: “Throughout her three years at university, Amber has been an outstanding athlete and team player. It is always sad to see players of such quality move on, but we wish her every success in the future and will be following her progress closely.”
Graduating this year Amber was unable to receive the award in person. Instead, she was on tour in New Zealand with England Women for a three-match test series against world champions the Black Ferns.