Sports Colours 2015 Winners

Sports Colour Winner

The 2015 Sports Colours and Scholarship Awards took place last night and it was a spectacular evening celebrating all of our sports students’ achievements this year.


The evening was opened by the Activities duo of this year’s sports rep Hannah Crane and Activities Officer Fi Metcalfe, highlighting some of the many achievements the sports students have accomplished over the year. Then the awards began with the flurry of students being awarded club and full colours followed by British Amateur Latin Sequence Champions Chris Robinson and Lucy Kenyon lighting up the stage with their performance before dinner was served!


This year we had the pleasure of a guest speaker, Chris Jones, ex England Rugby union player, who established himself as a regular Sale Sharks player and has just signed a 2 year contract with local side Yorkshire Carnegie. Although Chris is Sheffield Hallam alumni that didn’t stop the students cheering him on when he was telling the audience about how he scored his first try for England on his debut! After his speech the prestigious White Rose and Gryphon Award were presented and these were followed by the signature awards of the night.

chris jones


First up was the Sue Jacklin Club Coach of the Year Award presented by Sue Jacklin herself; nominees were Aidan Radford (Judo), Chris Golding (Women’s Hockey), Greg Hull (Cross Country), Simon Pickersgill (Jiu Jitsu), Will Tsang (Kickboxing & Krav Maga) and Tom Exeter (Fencing). The winner of this award was Will Tsang who has gone above and beyond for the kickboxing club for many years.


Next up was Mike Brook Performance Coach of the Year Award, which was presented by incoming Activities Officer Piers Cottee-Jones. The nominees were Keith Sandu (Rugby League), Steve Grimes (Men’s Football), Rick Holland (Women’s Cricket), Nitin Panesar (Badminton) and Rob Harvey (Triathlon). The winner was Keith Sandu with his work with the Rugby League team, who have progressed incredibly over the past 3 years, winning the BUCS Trophy this year and seeking promotion to the top flight.


The Mike Brook Most Improved Team Award came next presented by Kate MacKenzie, Sport and Dance Development Manager. The nominees were Mens Fencing, Womens Badminton 2s, Gymnastics, Women’s Squash 2s and Women’s Cricket. The award winner was the Gymnastics team as they have managed to dramatically increase their membership whilst facing tough facility based issues but still manage to come away with BUCS medals!


This was followed by Chris Hatten Most improved Athlete Award, this award is for someone who has never played that sport before their time at University and has excelled in their chosen sport. The nominees were Ben Akram (Boxing), Nicholas Chilton (Handball), Claire Taylor (Ultimate Frisbee), Emma Murray (Boat) and Manuel Ojeda Cabral (Dancesport) The winner of the award was Emma Murray from the boat club who despite never rowing before she came to university has managed to get on to the elite pathway where she will train with potential GB rowers.


The Team of the Year Award is for the team that have been outstanding on the field this year, and the nominees were Cheerleading Co-ed Team, Badminton Ladies 1s, the Triathlon Team, Women’s Hockey 1s, Rugby League 1s and Women’s Squash 1s. This award was presented by our guest speaker, Chris Jones who presented Triathlon the winner’s trophy. The have won everything they have entered this year and dominated on the BUCS circuit.


The penultimate award was the Roberts Most Outstanding Athlete Award, and previous winners include the Brownlee Brothers. The Nominees were Gordon Benson (Triathlon), Kim Daybell (Table Tennis), Lauren Potter (Netball) and Helena Lewczynska (Badminton) all outstanding athletes but there could only be one winner. Paralympian and Table Tennis extraordinaire Kim Daybell won the title, who will be taking a year away from his studies to concentrate on Rio 2016.

Kim Daybell athlete of the year award


Deputy vice chancellor Professor John Fisher presented the final award, Club of the year. The nominees were Kickboxing, Netball and Women’s Hockey. The winners were Netball who have been amazing this year, from their charity work through to developing the Netball club to be one of the biggest in the University. They truly deserve the award for all their hard work!


Well done to all athletes, volunteers and coaches for making this year a brilliant one for University of Leeds sport.

All pictures of the night can be seen on the Tyron Louw Photography Facebook Page.

Morgan named as co-captain

Captain Morgan

University of Leeds Sports Scholar Jacob Morgan has been named as co-captain of the English Universities Rugby League team.

Jacob will take on the captaincy role along with teammate Blake Mahovic for the Associations Cup campaign starting tomorrow against Great Britain Police at Stanningley.The decision was made following feedback from the squad and discussions amongst the management team with the aim of creating a strong leadership group. Jacob Morgan

Keep up to date on the Universities Rugby League Website.

4 Time World Ironman Champion comes to University

4 Time Ironman Champion

On Monday 20th April, 4 time World  Ironman Champion, Chrissie Wellington, spoke at the University as the finale event of the new Emerging Leaders programme.

chrissie UOL background

Over 250 people attended the event and Chrissie held the audiences attention with stories including her first triathlon ending with her being rescued as she sunk in an oversized wetsuit. Her time living in Nepal and biking everyday which she believes built up her endurance, she even rode a bike to Everest base camp! Chrissie also spoke about her hugely successful professional career which culminated in an amazing record of 13 Ironmans and 13 wins, and even had time to give out some training and race tips!

The audience was captivated by Chrissies journey, determination and love for the sport. When talking about her coaching she discussed the different leadership styles of her various coaches and cemented what the students have learnt in the Emerging Leaders programme; it is essential to adapt your approaches to develop successful individuals and teams. As part of the programme students have reflected on their leadership skills and enhanced these through learning in a practical environment.

chrissie GB background

It was an honour to have Chrissie at the University and her final message to the audience was clear, find what your passion is, be determined and life is limitless.

Keep up to date with other inspiring talks taking place at the University by following us: @LEEDSgryphons or like our Facebook page: LEEDS Gryphons


Students at the University of Leeds can enhance their graduate employability with our Emerging Leaders programme. Find out more online here.

GO TRI Yorkshire Aquathlon


Join us for our first ever GO TRI Aquathlon at the University of Leeds on the 17th May as part of the Get Out, Get Active programme.


The GO TRI Yorkshire Aquathlon will give you a taste of swimming and running in one fun event and gives you the chance to challenge yourself to try something new.

The swimming will be taking place in the swimming pool at The Edge and will include four lengths in the 25m pool. The run will then take place outside on a 600m running loop around campus and you will complete two laps.

The event costs just £5 to take part and you can sign up online here.

GO TRI events are designed to be small fun events to give you a taster of doing a Triathlon, for more information visit the GO TRI Website.

GO TRI small Logo

Get Out, Get Active gives beginners the chance to try something new with a choice of seven social outdoor based activities. There are a range of sessions including tasters, trips away and social get-togethers, why not come and have a go! For more information please visit the Get Out, Get Active website.

Top 5 Ranking for University Sports Facilities

The Edge

As part of the recent Times Higher Student Experience Survey Leeds has achieved a fantastic joint fifth place in the ‘Good Sporting Facilities’ category, a result which has been retained for the fourth year in a row due to the continuous investment and development of the sporting facilities and experience at here at Leeds.


Sport & Physical Activity service at University of Leeds is committed to inspiring students through an exceptional experience and over the past year alone over 2 million has been invested into facilities such as the£1.2m refurbishment of The Edge. This included an extension to the fitness suite and brand new state-of-the-art fitness equipment which has made it one of the largest gyms in the country. A brand new £1m boat house was also opened in September with room for 50 boats and indoor training and changing areas which has given the University boat club a home and increased engagement with the local community.


Find out more about the Times Higher Student Experience Survey online.

Workout of the Month


Start getting fit for summer with Personal Trainer Steven Patchett and his ‘Marine Challenge’ circuit workout.


The Marine Challenge

This is a workout that is designed around the Royal Marine Commandos’ selection tests, so it will definitely put you through your paces! It is a circuit based workout, meaning you go straight from one exercise to the other. For example you would finish the treadmill and go straight into your pull ups and so on until you complete all of the exercises. It’s a high intensity workout that will definitely make you sweat, the idea is to complete it in the fastest time possible and then try and improve your time on your next go!

If you would like to give this a go, but you’re unsure of any of the exercises, feel free to speak to any of the Health and Fitness Team.

Warm up

Rowing machine – 5 minutes

Main session

2.4 kilometre treadmill 
10 underhand grip pull ups (assisted if needed)
40 abdominal crunches 
40 marine press ups (hands underneath the shoulders, elbows in, close to the body) 
20 burpees 
800m row on the rowing machine

Warm down

Upright bike – 5 minutes
Full body stretches
Have you enjoyed this workout? If so, please get in contact with Steve and he can give you some more helpful tips.

Steven Patchett
Tel: 07510134724

University of Leeds leads home nation snooker team to a win


Daniel Womersley has made history by being the first student to retain the University home nations snooker tournament individual title in Belfast.

Local lad Dan has captained the England University Student team to consecutive wins in the home nation’s tournament for the past two years.

The recent success of the University of Leeds snooker team winning the team championships at BUCS with Dan coming runner up in the individual event was a great boost going into the home nation’s tournament, in which it was a close final with the hosts Northern Ireland.

The management student will be graduating this year and hopes to make it professionally as a snooker player.

‘These high profile tournaments have been a great experience for me and have been so much fun whilst I have been at University. It has been a privilege to have been captain for the past two years.’