Student Success at BUCS Nationals

Performance

British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Nationals returned to Sheffield this weekend and saw 125 students from the University of Leeds compete across 8 sports.

Saturday saw our women’s climbers Holly Murray and Phoebe Blackney take 9th and 10th places respectively, out of a field of 131 competitors.

Judo cleaned up the medals in the individual categories with Matthew Lenney taking Bronze, Gianluca Guerriero Silver and Cian Grace taking Gold. Whilst in Karate, Dario Fernandez Ainaga took Bronze in the Male Intermediate kata.

Over in the swimming, the competition was incredibly tough with big names such as Rio Olympian Max Litchfield and University of Leeds Alumni and Paralympian Claire Cashmore competing. However that didn’t stop the Gryphons as Claire Collins reached the final and placed 6th in the women’s 200m IM and both University of Leeds medley teams made the 400m finals with women claiming 8th and the men 9th.

Sunday brought us the athletics final with a number of results for Leeds athletes. In field, Christine Nick took 7th in the shot put, and Anna short narrowly missed out on a medal in the long jump following a tie in 3rd position. Unfortunately her competitor beat her to the bronze scoring higher with her next best jump, but Anna did achieve a new PB with a jump of 5.76m. On the track, John Ashcroft claimed 6th position in the 1500m final, and after a fantastic turn of speed on the back straight, Will Snook ran his way to a Silver medal in the mens 800m.

Also on Sunday, Leeds athletes impressed in the trampolining finals. Abbey Boyle achieved 10th out of 38 in the BUCS 1 competition, and Club president Tara Wales stamped her mark placing 15th out of 54 in BUCS 2. Harry Sharman finished the day on a high claiming 2nd place in the mens BUCS 3A competition.

A huge congratulations to all students who participated in BUCS Nationals and represented the University Leeds. A full list of results can be found here.

 

Brand New Varsity Event Comes to Leeds

On Friday 17th March, our Rugby League team will go head to head with a side made up of the best rugby league players from universities across Yorkshire in order to be crowned Yorkshire Varsity champions.

This year, we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of student rugby league, which originated here at the University of Leeds, with a week of events culminating with our brand new Yorkshire Varsity event. This will see the Leeds Gryphons take on the ‘Best of Yorkshire’ at Headingley Carnegie Stadium as a curtain raiser to the Leeds Rhino’s vs Wakefield Trinity Super League fixture.

As the event falls on St Patrick’s day, there will be facepaints, irish dancing, and plenty of pre-match and half-time entertainment. Finish the night off at Leeds University Union for a St Patrick’s day fruity, our official Yorkshire Varsity after party.

Get involved:

Tickets for students cost only £13 and include entry to both the Yorkshire Varsity game and Leeds Rhino’s Super League fixture, plus a free drink voucher. Tickets are for the South Stand, the standing terrace along the side of the pitch, undercover, providing a great atmosphere for St Patricks day.

To purchase your tickets, visit the Leeds University Union helpdesk, call 0371 423 1315, or visit the Leeds Rugby Store at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

To book online, head to the Leeds Rhinos website and follow these steps:

  • Go to the Rhinos v Wakefield match on the home games page
  • Select South Stand Student ticket and proceed to checkout
  • Input the promotional code varleeds to redeem this offer
Fruity Early Bird Tickets:
With the hotly anticipated St Patrick’s Fruity sure to be a sell out, we’ve got 40 discounted tickets left to sell alongside the Rugby League Yorkshire Varsity tickets. These are available from LUU helpdesk. 

Please note all bookings are subject to a £1.50 booking fee and when booking online please DO NOT select the ‘Print @ Home’ option as it will not generate your free drink voucher.

Students Selected for English Universities Squads

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Congratulations to all of our talented Leeds Sport athletes, at the University of Leeds, who have been selected as part of the English Universities North Squads for 2017, making up an impressive 11% of the selection.

It is well known that universities are a breeding ground for sporting talent. The English Universities Programme works to develop this talent and selects top athletes from universities across the country to make up a national squad to represent England in the University Home Nations.

15 athletes from the University of Leeds have been successful in their trial for the English Universities Northern Squad. This makes up an impressive proportion of students selected for the North (as seen below), showing the wealth and depth of talent we have here at Leeds.

The selected students will go onto National Trials in late February, attempting to make the English Universities National Squad, which will compete in the Home Nations competition in April. Congratulations to the following students that have been selected:

NameSport
Justin BrownMen’s Hockey
Sam ApoolaMen’s Hockey
Carlos Dolado-HollymanMen’s Hockey
Charlotte EvansWomen’s Hockey
Francesca HoughtonWomen’s Hockey
Lara KnowlesWomen’s Hockey
Katie HopkissonWomen’s Hockey
Ellie LyneWomen’s Hockey
George MasonMen’s Football
Bethan DaviesWomen’s Football
Rachel NewboroughWomen’s Football
Hannah HaleWomen’s Football
Olivia Da CostaWomen’s Football
Frances Robbs De La HoydeWomen’s Rugby 7’s
Rosie BlountWomen’s Rugby 7’s

 

Suzanne Glavin, Head of Sport at the University of Leeds, was delighted with the news:

“Seeing such a large number of our students selected for the English Universities North Squads shows how much talent we have here at the University of Leeds. We wish all athletes the best of luck going in to the national trials in February and will be supporting you all the way.”

 

Varsity Is Back, Be Part Of It

Leeds Varsity back already? Yes, you’ve read that right. With the New Year comes the new Leeds Varsity 2017 series and we hope you’re as excited as we are!

Kick starting this year’s series is our Cross Country Varsity. Into its 6th year, this annual event has seen some impressive names battling for those all-important Varsity points; Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, Gordon Benson, Non Stanford and Tom Bishop to name a few. Don’t let that put you off though, because anyone can take part in this fantastic event.

Much like our parkrun Varsity, students, staff, alumni and members of the public are welcome to take part in this event. The top 6 women and top 12 men finishers will then gain points for their respective universities. With two separate races, an 10km male race, and a 6km female race, there are a total of 2 points up for grabs (more than the Rugby Union finale!). Last year the University of Leeds took both points and the cross country club will be looking to start the season as they mean to go on, and retain wins in both events.

So how do you get involved?

Student runners from their respective Universities will be pre-registerd by their coaches and are required to bring £2 on the day which goes straight to the race charity.

All other entries can be made on the day at the Leeds Beckett track pavilion on Saturday the 14th January. The women’s race will begin at 2pm on West Park fields (adjacent to Leeds Beckett) and the men’s at 2.30pm, so please arrive at least an hour before your race. Please bring £3 to enter the race, all proceeds go to the Hope Pastures charity who use your donations to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home horses, ponies and donkeys in need. You’ll even get to meet a few of their beneficiaries on the day!

The University of Leeds cross country coach, Greg Hull, has high hopes for the event:

“Varsity is always a fantastic day in the cross country calendar, seeing not just our students, but staff and members of the public taking part in an inevitably great race. The rivalry between the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett’s students is friendly but fierce as in all Varsity fixtures. I’m confident we’ll maintain our winning ways this year and pick up 2 points to start the series”

If you’d like to participate in the event but have further questions, please email sport@leeds.ac.uk.

Student Selection for World University Winter Games

Sports Scholar Gillian Finnerty from Leeds Snowriders has been selected for the January 2017 World University Winter Games

Selections have recently been announced for the Great Britain Snowsports Team competing in the World University Winter Games in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Securing her place in the Snowboard Cross (SBX) team is University of Leeds student, Gillian Finnererty.

The international University Sports Federation (FISU) organise the World University Games, the Universiade, every two years. The Universiade is widely recognised as the biggest global winter multi-sports event for student-athletes with 11 days of competition and over 2,500 participants from more than 50 countries. There are 6 compulsory sports, 8 compulsory disciplines and up to 3 optional sports which are broadcasted by more than 100 TV channels around the World.

The 2017 Universiade will take place from the 29 January – 08 February 2017, with Gillian’s SBX event taking place on the 1st and 2nd of February.

Good luck Gillian!

University’s Paralympians Secure Medals In Rio

University of Leeds graduates claimed three gold medals and one silver in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, with one alumni setting a new world record in the process.

Swimmer Claire Cashmore, who graduated from the University of Leeds in 2011 with a degree in Linguistics and Phonetics, secured a gold medal for TeamGB in the women’s 4x100m medley relay, helping bag the team a world record time of 4.45.23. This followed her silver medal victory in the women’s 100m breastroke just 3 days earlier.

The Leeds’ alumni second gold medal came from rower Grace Clough, a member of the mixed coxed fours team, who graduated in 2013 with a degree in Sociology.

The final Paralympic gold was claimed by hand cyclist Karen Darke, who beat the USA and Italy to secure the top spot in the women’s time trial. Karen graduated in 1992 with a degree in Chemistry and Geological Sciences.

Leeds’ two other Paralympians; Kim Daybell and Laura Sugar, also performed well, but narrowly missed out on medal placements.

Table Tennis player Kim, currently taking a year’s break from his degree in Medicine, reached the quarter finals of the men’s individual competition. Also competing in the men’s team competition, he again reached the quarter finals, the group coming fifth overall.

Runner, Laura came fifth in both the women’s T43-44 category 100m and 200m final, securing a personal best time in the 100m in process. Laura completed a Sports and Exercise Science degree and was a member of the women’s hockey club whilst at University.

The Paralympians’ medal success adds to the Leeds contingent who took part in the Olympic Games in August. Across both tournaments, graduates from the University performing with TeamGB claimed four golds and two silver medals.

 

Varsity Teams Up With parkrun

student running in fields

Leeds Varsity are excited to announce another brand new event in this years series. This year, we have teamed up with parkrun to bring you our very own parkrun Varsity.

If you’ve always wanted to be involved with Varsity and help your University score those all important varsity points, now you can! So how does it work?

Each runner and volunteer will score a point for their University, the University with the most points wins parkrun Varsity!

When? Saturday 1st October, 8.30am

Where? Woodhouse Moor

How? Register with parkrun then simply turn up on the Saturday morning wearing your University colours to take part. Both staff and students are welcome! Parkrun is a 5km run which you can take as slow or as fast as you like. If you are keen to get involved but can’t run, don’t worry, you can volunteer just turn up in your colours and you’ll still score a point for your University. There will be 3 funnels after you’ve finished, you simply need to make your way down the funnel allocated to your University and hand in your token.

Who wins? You will only score a point for your university if you register and wear your University colours. The University with the most participants (runners and volunteers) will be the parkrun Varsity victor!

Helpful Information for on the day

  • Register beforehand
  • Print off and bring your barcode
  • Leave bags and coats at the finish line not the start line
  • Get to the start line for 8:50am
  • Please listen carefully during the run briefing
  • It’s a run not a race, you’re an ambassador for the University of Leeds. Please be considerate to other runners and park users
  • Wear your university’s colours, GREEN for Uni, PURPLE for Beckett.
  • Try to seed yourself on how fast you think you’ll be able to complete the run
  • Cross the finish line the third time it comes into sight
  • After crossing the finish line stay in order until given a finish token
  • Get your barcode and finish token scanned at your University-specific scanning station
  • Our Get Out, Get Active team have recently set up their own run club so if you’d like a club to run for, please select Get Out, Get active – Uni of Leeds run club when you sign up.

Become a Gryphon

Become a Gryphon

At the University of Leeds we provide one of the best sporting experiences in the UK and Leeds is known as “The Home of the Gryphons”.

So how do you Become A Gryphon? It’s simple, all you need to do is get involved in sport in whatever way suits you. Whether you want to volunteer, play socially, compete at the highest level or simply support the Leeds Gryphons clubs you’re joining the Leeds Sport community and becoming a Gryphon.

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Leeds Sport Teams Up with Under Armour

welsh rugby team wearing under armour kit

We’re incredibly excited to announce that your Leeds Gryphons Leisure Kit supplier for 2016/17 will be one of the top sports kit brands in the world, Under Armour.

This new partnership, in association with Leeds based Infinity Apparel will transform Leeds Gryphons kit to make you stand apart from your peers.

The combination of Under Armour and Infinity Apparel gives us the ability to offer a high-quality brand with a local, on your doorstep provider.

Kit Designs
Your new kit will embody the Leeds Gryphons branding of a simple, classic and understated design with kit that fit’s well, to give you an ultimate ‘off the bus’ look that will have your competitors in awe. No more looking like every other University with standard coloured panels down the side of your kit.

How Can I Get My Kit?
All leisure kit is now available to pre-order online at www.leedsgryphonskit.co.uk. If you pre-order your kit before Wednesday 7th of September and the items are in stock they will be delivered at the latest by Friday 23rd September.

Club Bulk Order

If you are a registered club signatory or kit sec wanting to complete a bulk order for your club you can order this online. Simply register online and tick yes in the club signatory box, this will give you access to make a bulk order for your club.

Orders can only be placed when there is enough money in the club accounts to cover the cost of your order. Any orders over the balance in your club accounts will be declined.

Any Questions?
If you have any questions regarding the leisure kit then please contact: leedsenquiries@infinity-apparel.com

Your Varsity Needs You!

Students, are you still in Leeds this summer? We’re looking for models to be a part of this year’s Varsity campaign which will be displayed all over campus in the run up to this year’s event – and don’t worry you don’t have to play sport to be a part of the campaign. This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with the biggest sporting event in the University calendar. The photo shoot will take place on Friday 19th August from 9am – 5pm (schedule tbc).

If you are interested and available on the aforementioned date, please contact L.V.Wood@leeds.ac.uk for more information before 12pm Wednesday 17th August.