Kim Daybell aims for Rio 2016

Paralympian and University of Leeds table tennis athlete Kim Daybell, will find out if he has qualified for the Rio 2016 Paralympics in the New Year.  

On January 1st Kim will find out if he qualifies for the Rio Paralympics 2016, to be selected he must be placed within the  top 15 in the world. Kim is currently ranked a brilliant 9th place and so is very hopeful he will qualify. Kim is currently studying Medicine at the University of Leeds and has taken a year off  to concentrate on achieving his aim of competing at Rio 2016. This has allowed him to  train in Slovenia with an able bodied team.

To get to this elite level Kim started playing when he was 9 years old; “I played in school and with my dad.” He also played badminton and tennis but he found his skills lay in table tennis. Kim  joined a local club and progressed quickly, moving up through the ranks in club level and then county followed by national level.

Kim was born with Poland’s syndrome – a rare condition characterised by underdevelopment or absence of the chest muscle on one side of the body – but as well as representing his country in Para table tennis he has also played at able bodied level, competing and winning in the student BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) leagues.

Kim has had a great year, winning a team medal in the European Championships.

One of Kim’s biggest achievements is that he competed in the London 2012 Paralympics representing team GB. ‘It was an amazing experience performing in front of a home crowd.’

For more information on Kim and the rest of our Sports Scholars visit the Sports Scholars page on our website. Interview conducted by George Smith.


Do Something Life-changing

A team of 3 staff and 11 students have been chosen to lead the life-changing Gryphons Abroad project in the Kwa-Zulu Natal region of South Africa which will raise student aspirations through education and increase student access to education.

One of the exciting projects the team will undertake is increasing the number of girls who have access to education. To achieve this the team aim to take a bike each to South Africa to give to a student. Some students are expected to complete jobs at home such as making the breakfast and dinner meaning they do not have the time to walk hours to school and back each day. Having a bike will considerably reduce the time it takes for these students to get to school meaning they will be able to attend and access education as well as doing their jobs at home.

We need your help!

If you have any old adult bikes that you no longer need then please donate them in January:

  • Needed: Adult mountain bikes and hybrid bikes (no Road bikes please)
  • When: 11th January – 12th Febraury, 12 – 1pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • Where: You can donate bikes at Cromer Terrace Studios 

In order to get all the resources the team need for this project and ship everything to South Africa they also need to raise over £30,000 in just 5 months. The team have already kick started their fundraising with a 12 hour Spin-a-thon and donations from ticket sales of guest speaker Sean Conway have a current total of around £500.
There is still a long way to go but keep a look out for some exciting events happening soon!

For more information please contact the project lead, Any Lockwood: 

BUCS Wednesday Round Up

Sports Hall Volleyball

This week saw an epic battle in women’s volleyball, seeing our women come back from 2-0 down to take the win over Varsity rivals Beckett 3-2.

As it is #ThisBUCSGirlCan campaign in partnership with Sport England ‘This Girl Can’ campaign and BUCS we focused on our women in sport and our teams didn’t disappoint.

Our fencing women carried on storming the league beating, Sheffield University in a Yorkshire derby which will only boost their confidence in the Cup run and league!

Another thrilling match between Christie Cup foe University of Liverpool in women’s netball, it was end to end throughout with the visitors coming away victorious by one point 35-34. The women’s 2s conquered Leeds Beckett to win 35-33 in another exciting fixture.

For more scores see below

Sport Home Result
Badminton Mens 2 Sheffield Hallam University Mens 2nd 8 0 WIN
Badminton Mens 3 University of York Mens 3rd
Badminton Womens 1 Sheffield Hallam University Womens 1st
Fencing Mens Lancaster University Mens 1st 135 76 WIN
Fencing Womens University of Sheffield Womens 1st 135 110 WIN
Football Mens 1 Liverpool John Moores University Mens 1st 0 0 DRAW
Golf University of Central Lancashire Mixed 2nd 2 4 LOSS
Hockey Womens 2 Durham University Womens 4th 1 3 LOSS
Hockey Womens 4 University of York Womens 2nd 0 1 LOSS
Hockey Womens 5 Newcastle University Womens 4th 0 3 LOSS
Hockey Womens 6 Sheffield Hallam University Womens 3rd 0 3 LOSS
Hockey Womens 7 University of Huddersfield Womens 1st 1 7 LOSS
Hockey Womens 8 University of York Womens 3rd 0 5 LOSS
Lacrosse Mens 1 Manchester Metropolitan University Mens 1st (Manchester) 13 5 WIN
Lacrosse Womens 1 University of Liverpool Womens 1st 24 2 WIN
Lacrosse Womens 2 Durham University Womens 3rd
Netball 1 University of Liverpool Womens 1st 35 36 LOSS
Netball 2 Leeds Beckett University (Carnegie) Womens 2nd 35 33 WIN
Netball 5 Northumbria University Womens 4th 22 37 LOSS
Netball 6 Northumbria University Womens 5th 33 37 LOSS
Rugby Union Mens 1 Newcastle University Mens 1st 7 24 LOSS
Squash Mens 1 Newcastle University Mens 1st 2 3 LOSS
Squash Mens 3 Newcastle University Mens 3rd 2 1 WIN
Tennis Mens 2 Leeds Beckett University (Carnegie) Mens 4th
Tennis Mens 3 Durham University Mens 4th
Tennis Mens 4 York St John Mens 1st
Ultimate (Outdoor) University of Sheffield Mens 1st 10 5 WIN
Volleyball Mens Lancaster University Mens 1st 3 0 WIN
Volleyball Womens Leeds Beckett University (Carnegie) Womens 1st 3 2 WIN
Sport Away Results
Badminton Mens 1 University of Sheffield Mens 1st
Badminton Womens 2 University of Sheffield Womens 1st
Basketball Womens 1 Bangor University Womens 1st 33 50 LOSS
Basketball Mens 2 Leeds Beckett University (Carnegie) Mens 3rd 70 59 WIN
Basketball Mens 1 Sheffield Hallam University Mens 2nd
Basketball Mens 3 University of Sunderland Mens 3rd 48 63 LOSS
Football Mens 2 Leeds Beckett University (Carnegie) Mens 4th 3 0 WIN
Football Mens 4 York St John University Mens 3rd 4 3 WIN
Hockey Mens 3 Durham University Mens 4th 1 2 LOSS
Hockey Mens 5 Durham University Mens 5th 1 8 LOSS
Hockey Mens 1 Leeds Beckett University (Carnegie) Mens 1st 1 3 LOSS
Hockey Womens 1 University of Nottingham Womens 1st 1 4 LOSS
Hockey Mens 2 University of Sheffield Mens 2nd
Hockey Mens 4 University of York Mens 2nd 2 1 WIN
Netball 4 Newcastle University Womens 3rd 44 52 LOSS
Netball 3 Northumbria University Womens 3rd 24 38 LOSS
Rugby League 1 University of Hull Mens 1st 6 66 LOSS
Rugby Union Mens 4 Teesside University Mens 1st 17 17 DRAW
Squash Mens 2 Northumbria University Mens 2nd 3 0 WIN
Table Tennis Mens 1 Newcastle University Mens 1st 4 13 LOSS
Tennis Womens 2 Leeds Beckett University (Carnegie) Womens 2nd 0 12 LOSS
Tennis Mens 1 University of Central Lancashire Mens 1st 12 0 WIN
Tennis Womens 1 University of Manchester Womens 1st

Sports Scholar Highlight – Jack Perry

University of Leeds Sports Scholar Jack Perry co-captained the U22 Great Britain wheelchair basketball team to take gold in the Champions Cup, beating the world’s best as a recent international tournament out in Japan.

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The International tournament hosted by Japan welcomed Great Britain, Korea and the USA. This was Jacks second time competing in Japan having previously visited with the GB juniors but it was  the history students first time leading his team to victory.

‘It was a different experience as I had never captain Great Britain before that tournament but it was great experience especially as we came away winners.’

Jack was a keen footballer when he was younger but developed Perthes disease in his right hip which lead to him needing crutches or a chair as a child. When he was 8 he gave wheelchair basketball ago and has never looked back.

‘My biggest achievement to date was winning the U22 Europeans at the age of 18; we beat our main rivals Germany to claim gold.’

Euro gold

Jack aims to retain the European title next summer with the U22 GB team and is also working hard to secure his place in the senior team. Tokyo 2020 is his ultimate aim and he is on target after being invited to his second senior training camp this winter.

Wheelchair basketball is a sport that started out in the United States helping injured soldiers with rehabilitation and became a Paralympic sport in 1968 at Tel Aviv with the Americans dominating. Here in Britain it has boomed and there are over 65 teams across the country with 9 divisions and a fantastic junior and senior set up. It is a sport that caters for all; there are a range of levels for all disabilities. Athletes are given an eight-level-score specific to wheelchair basketball, ranging from 0.5 to 4.5. Lower scores represented a higher degree of disability. The sum score of all players on the court cannot exceed 14. Jack is a 4.5 so at the top of the score line. Fully able bodied athletes are welcome to play too.

For more information about the sport and how you can get involved check out Great British Wheelchair association.

Our nearest club are the Leeds Spiders who currently play in the top division in the North, they play at Morley Leisure Centre and anyone can go along to watch.