Leeds Varsity 2016 Cross Country

The first event of Leeds Varsity 2016 kicked off at a very muddy Weetwood with University of Leeds securing both those all important Varsity points.

The women’s race was lead the whole way by guest runner, Leeds Beckett Alumni Sam Johnson who battled the mud in the clear blue skies to claim first place. The first student back was University of Leeds womens captain Beth Garland with a time of 22.28 minutes. Overall there was 27 runners in the womens race with University of Leeds coming away with the most team points to take the first point of the 2016 Varsity.

Next up were the men who had 45 runners in total, Callum Johnson from Leeds Beckett lead majority of the way finishing in 28.23 minutes. It was nail bitingly close with the final team scores being 141 to University of Leeds to 159 to University of Beckett, with the lowest overall score winning. This saw the hosts University of Leeds men claiming the second Varsity point.

‘It has been a great day especially without the rain or sleet, it is a tough course but pleased at the team effort our lads put in. Ultimately this has put us in a great place ahead of BUCS championships in a few weeks.’ Captain Josh Woodcock-Shaw beams.

The event raised roughly 170 for Hope Pastures Sanctuary who are based across the road from Weetwood North Pavilion that both teams run round for training. We even had Cloud the pony that made an appearance at the race!

All the results will be posted shortly. You can find the event photos here.

Next event will be American Football on Sunday 24th April at Sports Park Weetwood!

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: a.lockwood@leeds.ac.uk 

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.

Italy 2

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.

BUCS Wednesday Round Up – Cup Special

Varsity Lacrosse Huddle

A successful Cup and Trophy week for our Gryphons seeing 8 teams through to the last 16 in the Trophy and 7 teams into the quarter finals of the Cup.    

An outstanding performance from our womens rugby team, hitting triple figures winning 107 -0 against Glasgow Caledonian University.

Away from the fortress the mens first team football made the long journey north to beat Edinburgh 2-1 to take them into the next round. Elsewhere for the mens 2s went to penalties after a thrilling 3-3 draw with Teeside, the visitors came away triumphant beating our lads 4-3 in penalties to progress into the next round of the Cup.

Fantastic double wins over the Scots from the mens and womens fencing club to advance through the Cup with mens hockey 1st team convincingly beating University of Birmingham 3s 6-1.

Elsewhere our women’s snowriders dominated the slopes at the BUCS Indoor North Snow Competition. Sholar Gillian Finnerty did the double, taking gold in racing and slopestlye assisting to the womens overall team taking gold.

Home Results
Badminton Womens 1 University of Birmingham Womens 1st Premier North 5 3 WIN
Basketball Womens 1 University of St Andrews Womens 1st Trophy 27 85 LOSS
Basketball Mens 1 Northumbria University Mens 3rd Northern Conf Cup 78 55 WIN
Fencing Womens University of Edinburgh Womens 2nd Trophy 135 65 WIN
Fencing Mens University of Aberdeen Mens 2nd Trophy 135 75 WIN
Football Mens 2 Teesside University Mens 1st Northern Conf Cup 3 4 LOSS
Football Womens 2 University of Cumbria Womens 1st (Carlisle) Northern Conf Cup 1 3 LOSS
Golf Durham University Mixed 2nd Northern 1A 3.5 2.5 WIN
Hockey Mens 1 University of Birmingham Mens 3rd Trophy 6 1 WIN
Hockey Womens 1 University of Birmingham Womens 1st Premier A North 0 7 LOSS
Lacrosse Womens 2 Northumbria University Womens 1st Northern Conf Cup 8 18 LOSS
Rugby League Mens 1 Northumbria University Mens 1st Premier North 16 42 LOSS
Rugby Union Womens 1 Glasgow Caledonian University Womens 1st Trophy 107 WIN
Squash Mens 1 Manchester Metropolitan University Mens 1st (Manchester) Northern 1A 5 0 WIN
Tennis Mens 2 Durham University Mens 4th Northern Conf Cup 8 4 WIN
Water Polo Womens Manchester Metropolitan University Womens 1st (Manchester) Northern 1A 12 2 WIN
Water Polo Mens University of Edinburgh Mens 1st Premier North 7 9 LOSS
Away Results
Badminton Womens 2 University of Birmingham Womens 2nd Trophy 1 7 LOSS
Badminton Mens 1 University of Edinburgh Mens 1st Trophy 3 5 LOSS
Football Mens 1 University of Edinburgh Mens 1st Trophy 2 1 WIN
Hockey Mens 2 Durham University Mens 3rd Northern Conf Cup WIN
Hockey Mens 3 Leeds Beckett University (Carnegie) Mens 2nd Northern Conf Cup LOSS
Hockey Womens 2 University of Sheffield Womens 2nd Northern Conf Cup 5 0 WIN
Lacrosse Womens 1 University of Nottingham Womens 2nd Trophy 29 0 WIN
Lacrosse Mens 1 University of St Andrews Mens 1st Trophy 5 6 LOSS
Netball Womens 2 Sheffield Hallam University Womens 1st Northern Conf Cup 40 35 WIN
Rugby Union Mens 1 Leeds Beckett University (Carnegie) Mens 1st Premier North A 17 34 LOSS
Rugby Union Mens 3 Northumbria University Mens 2nd Northern Conf Cup 29 26 WIN
Table Tennis Mens 2 Sheffield Hallam University Mens 1st Northern Conf Cup 1 16 LOSS
Tennis Mens 1 Leeds Beckett University (Carnegie) Mens 2nd Trophy 0 12 LOSS
Volleyball Mens University of Glasgow Mens 1st Trophy 0 3 LOSS

Gryphons Abroad 12 Hour Spin-a-thon

The Edge News

On Monday 30th November, the Gryphons Abroad team are going to be running a Spin-a-thon event at The Edge to raise awareness and funds for the life changing programme that they will be delivering in one of the least privileged areas of South Africa during June 2016.

The Spin-a-thon will be a 12 hour event running from 8am until 8pm, taking place in the café area in The Edge. Bikes will be manned for half hour slots by staff, the gryphons abroad team and are also open to members of The Edge! Sign up for a half hour slot at The Edge reception or just come along on the day to show your support to the team and this fantastic cause! A little background information on the programme itself can be found below:

 

In June 2016, a team of 11 University of Leeds students travel to South Africa to work on the inaugural Gryphons Abroad programme. The team will travel with three members of the Leeds Sport team to deliver life changing programmes to the people of Zulu Natal and also at home in the Leeds Area. This brand new programme aims to develop and deliver an innovative and sustainable programme that inspires and motivates change in young people and communities both in Leeds and South Africa through sport, learning and leadership.

The plan is to deliver a mix of sport and education in two different areas of Zulu Natal based on the needs of each local community and the strengths of the staff and students delivering.

Working together with St Mary’s Menston School and the Bambisanani Partnership this new programme will work alongside the programmes that are already established.

Inspiring through Education

The first part of our project trip will be concerned with the delivery of a Mini Gryphon Degree in a local Primary School. Working alongside our student volunteers we will plan and prepare a mini degree programme linked to the strengths of our student team.

We will deliver a wide range of educational lessons alongside a sporting programme to a chosen cohort of students over a five day spell. The final day will include a Mini Degree presentation and a sports day.

Cycling to Success

The second part of our project trip will be concerned with the delivery of a Learn to Cycle programme in a rural secondary school. Working alongside our student volunteers we will plan and prepare a Learn to Cycle programme to deliver to South African learners and to South African teachers.

Over the course of five days we will show learners how to ride and maintain their bikes to enable them to get better access to education and their wider community.

Part of this programme back in the UK will be to source and deliver bicycles to the school in South Africa.

Free Strength & Conditioning Sessions!

American Football

To help develop our student clubs we will be hosting a number of free Strength & Conditioning sessions for students to attend. This is a unique opportunity to learn from highly experienced professional S&C coaches, with previous experience of working at both Olympic level and in professional sport.

When:

  • Tuesday 1st December at 18:00 pm – Focusing on S&C for female athletes

Where: Leeds Gryphons Strengh & Conditioning Room in The Edge

You will learn

  • How to structure an S&C session
  • How to structure a long-term training programme
  • The principles of training
  • How to create sports and individually specific training programme

In addition, you will receive:

  • Access to coaches contact details
  • The opportunity for further guidance on your training
  • A list of S&C resources recommended by the S&C team to further direct your training.

Register your interest to attend this session using the form below, you will be notified if you have secured a place 3 days in advance of the session.

BUCS Weekend Round Up

Leeds dominated the BUCS duathlon over the weekend at Castle Combe with both the mens and womens team finishing in the top 3 in the team championships.

Sam Dickinson won the individual men’s race then went on to be part of the men’s team who finished top of the team championships ahead of Loughborough in second and rivals Beckett in third. In the womens, we finished second in the team competition behind University of Birmingham with Linda Evans finishing as the top Gryphon in 5th in the women’s individuals.

sam duathlon

Elsewhere Ultimate Frisbee women competed in regional’s with the first team finishing third resulting in an automatic qualification for Nationals. The womens second team finishing 19th and the third team close behind in 21st.

ULTIMATE WOMEN

Well done to our Pool & Snooker club who won the UPC 9Ball Championships at the weekend, looking to  dominate the snooker scene as we look to host the BUCS Snooker Championships in March.

For more information and results please check out the BUCS website.

BUCS Wednesday Round Up

Wednesday 18th November 2015

As storm Barney took to Leeds that didn’t dampen our Gryphons spirits seeing Rugby league team confidently beating Sheffield Hallam in all sorts of weather, finishing 44-24.

In the union they had a thrilling game under the lights up North, with the last kick of the game seeing them take away a 17-17 draw against Northumbria. In the women’s game they had a narrow loss of 17-12 against Manchester who sits just above them in the table.

It was wins all round for the basketball club at home seeing all 3 men’s teams winning and the women’s team securing 3 points. The first team won by just two against Northumbria 3s 57-55!

Next week it is BUCS Trophy week where Leeds take on Scotland across a range of sports!

Sport Home Result
Badminton Mens 1 Newcastle University Mens 1st 7 1 WIN
Badminton Womens 2 Newcastle University Womens 1st
Basketball Mens 1 Northumbria University Mens 3rd 57 55 WIN
Basketball Mens 2 Newcastle University Mens 2nd 61 52 WIN
Basketball Mens 3 University of Bradford Mens 2nd 45 41 WIN
Basketball Womens Lancaster University Womens 1st 66 35 WIN
Football Mens 2 University of Hull Mens 1st 2 3 LOSS
Football Mens 3 Sheffield Hallam University Mens 3rd 1 1 DRAW
Football Womens 2 University of Hull Womens 1st 4 1 WIN
Hockey Mens 1 Loughborough University Mens 2nd 2 3 LOSS
Hockey Mens 2 Newcastle University Mens 2nd 2 2 DRAW
Hockey Mens 3 York St John University Mens 1st
Hockey Mens 4 Sheffield Hallam University Mens 3rd 3 2 WIN
Hockey Mens 5 Northumbria University Mens 2nd 1 1 DRAW
Hockey Womens 2 University of Sheffield Womens 2nd 4 2 WIN
Hockey Womens 3 Newcastle University Womens 3rd 4 1 WIN
Lacrosse Womens 2 University of Sheffield Womens 1st LOSS
Netball 3 Sheffield Hallam University Womens 2nd 36 44 LOSS
Netball 4 Leeds Beckett University (Carnegie) Womens 4th 46 28 WIN
Rugby League 1 Sheffield Hallam University Mens 1st 44 24 WIN
Rugby Union Mens 3 Newcastle University Mens 3rd LOSS
Squash Womens 2 Newcastle University Womens 1st 1 3 LOSS
Table Tennis Mens 1 Northumbria University Mens 1st
Tennis Mens 2 Sheffield Hallam University Mens 1st
Tennis Mens 4 University of Hull Mens 2nd
Water Polo Womens Lancaster University Womens 1st 34 1 WIN
Away Result
Badminton Mens 2 Newcastle University Mens 2nd 8 0 WIN
Fencing Mens Durham University Mens 2nd 135 115 WIN
Fencing Womens University of York Womens 1st 135 52 WIN
Football Womens 3 Durham University Womens 3rd 1 7 LOSS
Football Mens 1 Manchester Metropolitan University Mens 1st (Cheshire) 2 2 DRAW
Football Womens 1s Manchester Metropolitan University Womens 1st (Manchester) 7 1 WIN
Golf University of Sheffield Mixed 1st 1.5 4.5 LOSS
Hockey Womens 7 Durham University Womens 5th 0 17 LOSS
Hockey Mens 6 Leeds Beckett University (Carnegie) Mens 4th 2 0 WIN
Hockey Womens 6 Leeds Beckett University (Carnegie) Womens 4th
Hockey Womens 1 Loughborough University Womens 1st 2 8 LOSS
Hockey Womens 4 University of Hull Womens 1st 5 1 WIN
Hockey Womens 8 University of Hull Womens 2nd LOSS
Hockey Womens 5 University of York Womens 2nd 0 2 LOSS
Netball 1 Newcastle University Womens 2nd 28 29 LOSS
Netball 6 University of Huddersfield Womens 2nd 46 9 WIN
Netball 2 University of Sheffield Womens 1st 33 31 WIN
Netball 5 University of Sunderland Womens 1st 25 53 LOSS
Rugby Union Mens 2 Durham University Mens 4th 39 17 WIN
Rugby Union Mens 4 Newcastle University Mens 5th 0 36 LOSS
Rugby Union Mens 1 Northumbria University Mens 1st 17 17 DRAW
Rugby Union Womens University of Manchester Womens 1st 12 17 LOSS
Squash Mens 2 Durham University Mens 3rd 3 0
Squash Mens 3 Durham University Mens 4th 2 1 WIN
Squash Mens 1 University of Manchester Mens 2nd 4 1 WIN
Table Tennis Mens 2 University of Sunderland Mens 1st 0 17 LOSS
Tennis Mens 1 Leeds Beckett University (Carnegie) Mens 3rd
Tennis Womens 2 Sheffield Hallam University Womens 1st
Tennis Womens 1 University of Liverpool Womens 1st
Ultimate (Outdoor) University of York Mens 1st LOSS
Volleyball Womens Sheffield Hallam University Womens 1st
Volleyball Mens University of Central Lancashire Mens 1st 0 3 LOSS
Water Polo Mens Loughborough University Mens 1st