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Thrill-seeking student gets shock at sports awards

* 13 May 2003 *

Thrill-seeking student gets shock at sports awards

A student who helped start a thrill-seeking sports club from scratch only six months ago has swept the board at the annual University of Sussex Sports Federation awards.

Adele Burrow, originally from Bowerham, near Lancaster, won a Sussex Sport award as well as Sportswoman of the Year, at the ceremony held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole on Friday 9 May. The society she co-founded, SXtreme, won University Sports Club of the Year.

"Getting Sportswoman of the Year was a complete surprise", says Adele. "I didn't even realise I was nominated!"

Adele, 21, who is a second year geography student, created SXtreme with fellow undergraduates Jamie Thomson and Rosie Levell. They realised there were no 'adrenalin sports' available at the University, so set about creating a club dedicated to them. "SXtreme is lots of fun and aimed at those who may never have done mad stuff like this before," says Adele.

Following an initial launch at Students' Union Freshers Fair in October 2002, over 350 people are on the mailing list and 80 students are fully paid-up members.

The club provides a whole range of activities, from paintballing on the South Downs to an upcoming abseiling and Alton Towers trip. As a new sports club, money was tight, but they managed to raise funds and get sponsorship from the likes of nightclub Creation and directory website

Adele's success followed her recent election as Students' Union's Sports and Activities Officer for next year. This post will see her play a major role in organising and promoting Sussex sport - including the Sports Federation Ball.

The sporting Oscars of Sussex is now somewhat of a swanky affair. Transformed last year into a black-tie do, guests are treated to champagne, a three-course meal, a magician, and dancing courtesy of Honeyclub DJs.

CJ Lee, Activities Centre manager and one of the organisers of the event, said of the night: "The awards' success should ensure that student sport continues to raise its profile and remains in the hearts and minds of the Sussex university community."

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