Rebecca Gallantree is one of Britain’s most successful springboard divers and has been welcomed into the University’s sporting hall of fame. She joins a number of notable sportsmen and women including Simon Mason, Carol Isherwood, Giles Long and Ray French.
Rebecca graduated from the University of Leeds in 2005 with a 1st Class Degree in Sports Science, during her degree she made her international debut in the 3m Springboard event. Following this she went on to win 4 consecutive British titles, the 4th securing her place at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
After London, Rebecca and partner Alicia Blagg won two silvers in the 2013 FINA Diving World Series and bronze at the 2013 European Championships. In 2014 the pair won bronze at the World Series before claiming the Commonwealth title at Glasgow 2014.
In 2015 Rebecca rewrote the record books becoming the first female British diver to be crowned world champion, winning this accolade alongside Tom Daley in the team event at the World Aquatics Championships.
Rebecca went on to win a gold and silver medal at the British Championships later that year and in 2016 she qualified for her 3rd Olympic games, representing Great Britain at Rio 2016.
“Diving has given me the incredible opportunity to represent Team GB at 3 Olympic Games and become a Commonwealth and World Champion.”
Rebecca was presented with her hall of fame frame after her friend and world renowned coach, Ady Hinchcliffe gave a summary of her career. He spoke about the importance of Rebecca balancing her studies at the University with her training and the invaluable experience she gained. Ady also described Rebecca’s personality and how her grit and determination ensured she never gave up on her dream to become a world class athlete.
“It’s a absolute privilege to induct such an accomplished Olympic athlete to our Hall of Fame. Becky is so understated in her achievements and we are delighted to provide her with this recognition as she is a great inspiration to young budding talented athletes”
Suzanne Glavin, Head of Sport & Physical Activity at The University of Leeds
Rebecca’s frame will be on display in The Edge from November.