On Monday, February 21, the awarding ceremony of the Sports Personalities 2021 took place at the Grauvzuster Chapel of the University of Antwerp. During this awarding, the UAntwerp top sports student of the year 2021 was announced and the Panathlon Antwerp Sports Personalities 2021 were put in the spotlight.
TOP SPORT STUDENT OF THE YEAR 2021
The title of PCU Antwerp Sports Personality traditionally goes to the UAntwerp top sports student of the year. The winner receive the prestigious Honorary Rector Francis Van Loon Award. This year three students were nominated: Mathijn Bogaert (BMX – Applied Engineering Sciences), Michelle Struijk (Hockey – Medicine) and Jef Vandorpe (Wheelchair tennis – Law). They know how to successfully combine their top sport career with their studies.
Jef Vandorpe eventually got the most votes and was elected UAntwerp top sports student of the year 2021.
PANATHLON ANTWERP SPORTS PERSONALITY 2021
After the PCU Antwerp Sports Personality 2021 was announced, it was the turn of the Panathlon Antwerp Sports Personalities 2021. Exceptionally, three laureates were chosen, namely the UAntwerp members of the national men’s hockey team “Red Lions”: alumni Félix Denayer and Alexander Hendrickx, and student Arthur De Sloover were honored for their inspiring role in the Antwerp sports. They crowned their work in 2021 by conquering the Olympic title in Tokio. Arthur, Félix and Alexander explained more about their (Olympic) hockey experiences during an interview with Dr. Jan Verstuyft. The awards were presented by Rector Herman Van Goethem.
Afterwards, there was a reception and the opportunity to take pictures with the topsport athletes and the Olympic gold medals of Arthur and Félix.
Congratulations to winners, nominated and all top sports students!
Find photos from the Sport Personalities 2021 Ceremony here.