*Please note – The Gryphon Get Together will now take place in the week beginning 7th June – we will update the article and table below when we have confirmed the speakers and sessions for the new dates – thank you.*
We know the last 12 months have been hard work – we are all desperate to get back to our gyms, pools, pitches and courts and to be back together again as one big Gryphon family. Sports clubs and societies have done so much to support their members in the last twelve months – from Zoom workouts, to virtual relays and remote fundraising.
The first ever Gryphon Get Together will bring all of our sports clubs and teams together to hear from inspiring speakers, industry experts and most importantly, each other! We want to help reactivate sport and build back better than before so the event is all about inspiration & inclusion.
Day 1 of the Gryphon Get Together will be all about fulfilling your potential and being the best you can be, whatever level of sport you participate at. We are delighted to welcome Leeds Alumni Dr Kim Daybell as a guest speaker. Kim is a British Paralympic table tennis player and has competed in two Paralympic Games, and is a Commonwealth and European Silver Medalist. During the pandemic he has been on the frontline of the NHS in a London hospital.
On day 1 we will also hear from the LUU Women’s Rugby Union Club about how they have dealt with the challenge of the last 12 months – they have taken an innovative approach to engaging their members online and even recorded their own podcast! If like Kim Daybell, you’re balancing high level sport with academics you won’t want to miss our Q&A with our Sport Scholars and international athletes; Finley Tonner & Joanna Neame. Finley combines studying Economics at Leeds with wheelchair basketball, while Joanna studies Languages, Culture & Film Studies with German alongside her climbing career. They will be joined by GB Hammer Thrower, British and English Champion and Leeds Sport staff member, Jess Mayho.
In our last session on day 1 you can learn more about how sport can help you develop your graduate level skills from specialist recruiters Add-Victor. Research from BUCS suggests that students who participate in sport stand to earn more than their counterparts so find out more about how to sell your sporting experience to future employers.
Day 2 of the Gryphon Get Together is all about wellbeing & inclusion as we believe sport at Leeds is for everyone. Abdul ‘Butch’ Fazal will be joining us from the FA speaking about the importance and challenge of inclusion and the possible blind spots you may have in relation to inclusion in sport. This will be followed up with specific breakout sessions on LGBTQ+ inclusion, Disability, Mental Health and supporting injured athletes.
We will be joined by another alumni, Gem Turner, a former member of the LUU exec who is now an award-winning disability consultant and blogger for the session on disability inclusion. We will also hear from the University of Leeds Boat Club about how they have introduced mental health protocols and put welfare at the heart of their club as well as a group of students who have been supporting each other through injury.
All of the sessions will be hosted on Microsoft Teams and you can book your place here. Captioning will be turned on for all events. Please let us know on the booking form if you have any further access requirements for the event.