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22 October 2009 | in NUSF News

FADU's 2nd University Sports Gala

Photos by FADU/Joana Meira


1st October 2009 saw the end of a historic season for FADU

More than 150 guests attended the Casino de Espinho on an evening to celebrate university sports. The annual Gala gathered athletes and coaches, managers and other agents of various sports, as well as directors that support and partner FADU in developing university sport.

The height of the evening was the attribution of the “Best of the Year” sport awards. Gabriel Oliveira won the “Coach” award for having led the University of Minho handball team to the national title and silver medal in the European Universities Championship. This Handball team also won the “Best Team” award.

The double gold Universiade medal winner and national university cross-country champion Sara Moreira (Polytechnic Institute of Porto) was selected as “Best Female Athlete”. Adriano Paço (University of Porto/AEFADEUP) was selected as “Best Male Athlete” after concluding yet another memorable season – national university champion in volleyball and beach-volleyball and also 8th and 7th placed at the respective EUC’s.

Various other athletes were distinguished at the Gala for having achieved distinguished results at international events – Nélson Évora, Sónia Tavares (Athletics) and Ana Cachola (Judo), all medal winners at the Summer Universiade in Belgrade.

The student-athletes that achieved results of excellence at European Universities Championship were also mentioned – Michalina Valaskova (Golf, AAUM), José Fernandes (Taekwondo, AAUM), Paulo Gonçalves (Karate, AAUM) and the IPP Karate team, AAUM male Handball team and AAC male Rugby Sevens team.

Two “Prestige Awards” were presented to Pedro Dias (former FADU president and member of FISU since 1997) and to the Portuguese Athletics Federation, both for the invaluable support and collaboration with FADU at national and international levels.