Daybell Wins Bronze

Kim daybel paralympic table tennis player

University of Leeds student and Sports Scholar Kim Daybell has won bronze representing Great Britain in Italy. 

Kim has already qualified to represent Great Britain at the Rio 2016 paralympic games in table tennis and winning bronze in the first competition of the year shows the huge potential he has.

The 23 yr old won the group round of the Lignano Master Open in Italy with 3 wins from 3, gaining an automatic place in the semi-finals. Here he faced Pavel Lukyanov, an experienced player from Russia. It was a tough game and Kim fought hard to bring the score level at 2-2 but the Russian took the final set and the match 3-2 leaving Kim to take the bronze medal.

Daybell has high hopes for his training and believes he still has more to give,

“I think this week has been an improvement from the Europeans, and I’ve got a lot I can take away and work on over the next six months before Rio. I don’t think I performed to the best of my ability but I’m definitely moving forwards. I’m hoping that I can take away what I’ve learnt here and continue to practice as I’ve been doing over the last six months or so.”

Kim has taken a break from his medical studies at the University of Leeds to concentrate on Rio 2016, training with the national able bodied team in Slovenia.

BUCS Nationals

two fencers

This weekend saw the University of Leeds student sport clubs compete at BUCS Nationals. An action packed weekend of student sport bringing together over 6000 students to compete in 10 individual BUCS Championship events.

Over the weekend there were some great results from University of Leeds students:

Karate –  Amber Brennan won gold in the Women’s Intermediate Kata.

Trampolining – Abbey Boyle won gold in the Women’s Level 3 Competition.

Fencing – Rubin Amsalem won silver in the Men’s Sabre.

Athletics –  Phil Seseman won silver in the 3k and John Ashcroft won bronze in the 1500m.

Tom Exeter, Fencing Coach was thrilled with a silver medal in fencing;

“Rubin getting a silver medal is a fantastic achievement. BUCS Nationals attracts a large field of competitors making it a very high standard. Rubin has had a break from tournaments over the last year, so to return and narrowly miss out on a gold just shows his potential. This result is testament to the strength of the fencing club for both performance and participation.”

A huge well done to all athletes who competed throughout the weekend and a big thank you to the 500+ officials and volunteers making the event run on and off the field.

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Gryphon’s Big Bike Ride

group of people riding bikes in the sunshine

Get on your bike for a beautiful return ride to Ilkley with a stop off for coffee and cake, all in aid of the Gryphons Abroad programme.

The  Gryphons Abroad programme aims to deliver a life changing programme for students in Leeds and South Africa.

Bike Ride Details

Date: Saturday 12th March
Time: 9am Registration
Distance: 35 miles
Location: Setting off from Leeds University Union
Cost: £10 + FREE t-shirt.
50% of the cost will be donated directly to the Gryphons Abroad Programme

Bookings are now closed for this event.

The Route

We will meander through Headingley, Bramhope and Otley before riding along the River Wharfe into Ilkley, taking in the breathtaking scenery along the way. In Ilkley we will stop for coffee and cake before getting back on our bikes and returning to Leeds for celebratory drinks in the Terrace Bar at Leeds University Union.

The route has been chosen to ensure it is not overly difficult however it is recommended that participants have confidence riding on roads and that 35 miles is within their physical ability. The ride will be led by University Ride Leaders who will be available for help and support throughout the ride.

What You Need

  • A bike (Road or Hybrid)
  • A Helmet
  • Reflective Clothing
  • Appropriate clothing and footwear for all weathers e.g. rain jacket
  • Food and Refreshments
  • Money for coffee and cake (optional)

Raising Funds

Gryphons Abroad School kids


In June 2016, the Leeds Sport team with the Bambisanani Partnership will be delivering an international sports development programme, Gryphons Abroad in South Africa.
The team will be delivering an innovative programme aimed at providing education opportunities for children in South Africa through a cycle to success programme.

The Gryphons Big Bike ride will raise awareness and much needed funds for the programme. 50% of the registration fee will go directly to the programme to purchase books, equipment and cycle provisions to ensure the programme has a lasting legacy giving children access to education.

If you have any questions please contact Andy Lockwood: 


Top International Rugby Team Visit The Edge

S& C room Queensland cowboys visit

In preparation for their Dacia World Club Challenge clash this Sunday vs Leeds Rhinos, the North Queensland Cowboys have been training in Leeds Sport’s newly refurbished strength and conditioning room at The Edge. £100K has been spent renovating the existing space to create a purpose built, top quality facility where strength & conditioning coaches can work with the Leeds Gryphons clubs and individual Sports Scholarship athletes to maximise their performance.

S&C room gryphon

The North Queensland Cowboys have been using the room in preparation for their big clash against the treble winning side on Sunday.

“The Edge provided the ideal training facility for our elite team’s strength and conditioning session. The set up was first class and allowed the North Queensland Cowboys to optimally prepare for our World Club Challenge v Leeds Rhinos.”

Andrew Croll, Queensland Cowboys S&C Coach

Welcoming the international side to the University is a fantastic endorsement of the quality of the facilities and the investment into sport at the University of Leeds.

“Having international athletes come and use our facilities showcases the investment we continue to put in to sport at the University. Ensuring our students have first class facilities which rival that of other institutions and even professional clubs.”

Rob Wadsworth, Head of Sport University of Leeds

S&C room Weights

Leeds Sport is the partnership between Leeds University Union and the University of Leeds to deliver student sport at the University.

GO TRI Leeds Aquathlon

Swimmers in the water smiling

Have a go at swimming and running in one fun event!

With no time pressure, lots of supportive volunteers and free swimming caps for all participants our Get Out, Get Active Aquathlon is perfect for anyone wanting to give multi-sport events a go.


*Please note booking has now closed for this event*

Date: Sunday 13th March
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Cost: £5 + free swimming cap
Location: The Edge Swimming Pool and running loop around the University of Leeds Campus

We have two distances available so you can choose whichever suits you:

GO TRI Sprint

  • Swim distance- 200m
  • Run distance- 3 km

GO TRI Mini Sprint

  • Swim distance- 100m
  • Run distance- 1.2km

Still Undecided?

If you’re still unsure if our GO TRI event is for you then read Louise’s story of her first attempt at a similar event and how she overcame her nerves on the GO TRI website.

Swimming & Running Sessions

We run weekly swimming and running sessions open for everyone to take part in which could help you get ready for the GO TRI Leeds Aquathlon. Take a look at what’s available on the Get Out, Get Active webpage.

If you have any questions then please get in touch with Ben Witz (Sports Development Officer) via email: or call 0113 380 1430. 

Sport Science FC Win Social League Finals!

Sport science football team

Sport Science FC have been crowned the champions of 11 a-side Social League Football after a convincing win in the semester one final. Sport Science FC fought hard against their opposition Maths, managing to keep their lead and come away with a 5-1 win.

This was the first time Sport Science FC have been in the Social Leagues finals, captain Alex Stewart was ecstatic with his teams success;

“Everyone is delighted. We came really close last year so it’s very satisfying to go one better and fulfil others’ high expectations – which arise from us being a ‘sporty’ course. Beating teams with far greater resources is always pleasing, and we aim to further improve on the high standards we have set in this coming semester.”

The game took place at Sports Park Weetwood on the 3G, referee James Atkinson watched over proceedings with the help of linesmen Andy Jepson and Nathan Churchill.

At the end of semseter two Sport Science FC will play-off against the semester two winners to decide who will have the honour of representing the University of Leeds in the annual Intra Mural Varsity against Leeds Beckett University in May.

If you’re interested in Social Leagues and want to start your own team then check out the webpages here or contact Emma Mackenzie-Hogg on for more information.