Former Olympic and world rowing champion Mark Hunter has scooped a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of East London.

The glitzy bash, at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, marked the most successful year in the establishment’s sporting history.

It also flagged up the achievements of students hoping to secure medals at next summer’s Rio Olympic Games.

Sprinter and UEL Sports Scholar Bianca Williams picked up the Individual Achievement of the Year accolade after securing Bronze in the 200m final at the Commonwealth Games as well as a place in the relay team that qualified for Rio.

Other awards included Club of the Year, Coach of the Year and the International Excellence Award.

Director of Sport David Cosford said: “The awards evening was a great success.

“It was a fitting tribute to everyone who gave so much of their time and energy during the past year, and great recognition to all that was accomplished, both on and off the pitch.

“I’m sure our students will continue to be a great asset for UEL and our communities and I’m confident that our sports stars will achieve great things in the coming year.

“UEL has a lot to look forward to.”