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.

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.’

Rugby League Trophy Champions


Our Rugby League team were crowned British University and College Sport Trophy Champions as they dominated Swansea 63-22 in the Final at Loughborough.

Our Rugby League team controlled most of the game scoring 18 points within the first 15 minutes of the match. Swansea soon woke up but couldn’t catch our teams lead as the half time score read 32-16.

Despite Swansea coming back near the end of the first half our team opened the second half with another try to extend our lead. The final score was 63-22 to us; a great confidence boost ahead of the play offs in the next few weeks. Well done to captain Ben Finder coming away as Man of the Match.

Our womens badminton team faced a tough task in the BUCS Championship final as they lost 8-0 to home side Loughborough.

The match of the day featured Chloe Birch, Loughborough’s number one facing our number one Helena Lewczynska. It was a heated match with Helena pushing England’s number 4  on every point, this soon frustrated her and when Helena was on game point she requested a new shuttlecock which could have been seen to knock Helena’s winning rhythm. The match finished 22-20 21-19 to the Loughborough student but it could have gone either way.

Our womens team have had a brilliant season and to be second best in the country in badminton is a fantastic achievement – well done ladies on your silver medals.

Both teams have put a great deal of hard work and dedication which resulted in getting to the final which is a fantastic accomplishment.

Medal in the National Lifesaving Championship for Leeds Alumni!

Life Saving

Congratulations to Ben Witz, Sports Development Officer at the University of Leeds who competed in the Royal Life Saving Society National Speed Championships at the iconic London 2012 Aquatics Centre earlier this month.

Ben is a former sports scholar at the University of Leeds and is currently working at the University as part of the Get Out, Get Active team. This year was Ben’s most successful at the RLSS Championships competing alongside the UK’s leaders in lifesaving sport including members of the GB and Northern Ireland teams.

The RLSS UK’s National Speed Championships help to promote lifesavers’ skills, knowledge and techniques and also plays an important role in spreading the society’s water safety messages as the drowning prevention charity.

Ben Witz Lifesaver


Over 500 people entered the Speed Championships and Ben fought it out to win his first ever individual medal in the 200m Super Lifesaver event, finishing in a brilliant 3rd place. He also came close to a second bronze medal with his partner in the Rope Throw event and was just 0.7 of a second off 3rd place. In the Medley Relay Ben and his 3 teammates also medalled achieving 3rd place.

Ben had a fantastic competition adding two bronze medals to his collection and coming away with 4 PB’s in his swims.


For more information on Lifesaving Sport – Visit the RLSS website