A Golden Year for Scholar Gillian Finnerty

Sports Scholar Gillian Finnerty has had an incredibly busy year representing both The University of Leeds and Great Britain, all whilst undertaking her PhD in CDT Bioenergy.

Gillian headed to Kazakhstan back in January 2017 for the World Winter Student Games , just a month after recovering from breaking her arm during training. The games is widely recognised as the biggest global winter multi-sports event for student-athletes with 11 days of competition and over 2,500 participants from more than 50 countries.

Over the past year Gillian has regularly competed in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) and has achieved a huge medal haul:

British Universities Dryslope Championships, Edinburgh, UK – Nov 2016

  • Gold – Big Air
  • Gold – Slopestyle
  • Gold – Snowboard Giant Slalom
  • Silver – Snowboardcross

British Universities Indoor Regionals Snowsports Championships, Milton Keynes, UK – Feb 2017

  • Gold – Slopestyle
  • Gold – Snowboard Giant Slalom

British Universities Indoor Finals Snowsports Championships, Castleford, UK – Mar 2017

  • Silver – Slopestyle
  • Gold – Snowboard Giant Slalom

British Universities Alpine Championships ‘Above & Below’, Alpe D’Huez, France – Mar 2017

  • Gold – Big Air
  • Gold – Slopestyle
  • Gold – Snowboardcross
  • Silver – Snowboard Giant Slalom

I was so excited and proud to represent GB and The University of Leeds at the World University Winter Games this year. It was such a great competition and atmosphere and we all had a fantastic time. Massive thanks to Leeds Sport for my scholarship which has really helped me afford to go to the Winter Games, as well as with training in the gym and with Physio. It’s really been invaluable in my recovery and preparation for the competitions“. Gillian Finnerty.

A huge congratulations to Gillian for all her hard work this year, it’s fantastic to see the impact our Sports Scholarships can have.

Find out more about our Leeds Sport Scholarship scheme and our other scholars from the 2016/17 year here.