University of Leeds in Rio

Leeds in Rio

Our World Class Olympic and Paralympic Journey

The University of Leeds is proud of the impact it has on world class sport.

Our students, staff and alumni have contributed to global sporting achievements for many years and achieved just that this past summer in the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio have come to an end following two exceptional results for Team GB.
Find out how our athletes did.

University of Leeds Olympians and Paralympians

The Olympics have now come to a close but you can find out how our Olympians and Paralympians have done in Rio below.

Kim Daybell

Table Tennis

Age: 23

Course: Medicine

Major Achievement:

  • Competed at the London Paralympic Games 2012

Paralympic Competition Result: Quarter finals in the Men’s singles class 10, 5th in Men’s Team class 9-10

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claire cashmore jumping off starting blocks into pool

Claire Cashmore


Age: 27

Course: Linguistics and Phonetics

Graduated: 2011

Event: Breaststroke 100m SB8

Major Achievement:

  • Paralympic Silver Medal – London 2012

Paralympic Competition Result: Gold Medal Winner and Silver Medallist

leedssport-twitter-black @ClaireCashmore

Hand cyclist Karen Drake on her bike

Karen Darke

Hand Cycling

Age: 45

Course: Chemistry and Geological Sciences

Graduated: 1992

Event: Road Hand Cycling (H1-2 and H1-3)

Major Achievement:

  • Paralympic Silver Medal – London 2012

Paralympic Competition Result: Gold Medal Winner

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Laura Sugar


Age: 25

Course: Sport and Exercise Science

Graduated: 2012

Event: Athletics (100m & 200m in T44 classification)

Major Achievement:

  • Silver in the 2016 Muller Anniversary Games

Paralympic Competition Result: 5th place in both 100m & 200m

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Grace Clough


Age: 25

Course: Sociology

Graduated: 2013

Event: LTA Mixed Coxed Four

Major Achievement:

  • World Champion 2014 & 2015

Paralympic Competition Date: Gold Medal Winner

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Our Olympians

Find out more about our athletes and how they did in Rio this summer.

Ali Brownlee runnign out of water

Alistair Brownlee


Age: 28

Course: Sport Science and Physiology

Graduated: 2009

Major Achievements:

  • Olympic Gold Medal – London 2012
  • Olympic Gold Medal – Rio 2016

Olympic Competition Result: Gold Medal Winner

Follow Alistair:

leedssport-twitter-black @AliBrownleeTri

Jonny Brownlee riding a bike

Jonny Brownlee


Age: 26

Course: History

Graduated: 2011

Major Achievements:

  • Olympic Bronze Medal – London 2012
  • Olympic Silver Medal – Rio 2016

Olympic Competition Result: Silver Medallist

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Gordon benson crossing the finishing line

Gordon Benson


Age: 21

Course: Nutrition

Graduated: 2016

Major Achievement:

  • European Games Gold Medal – Baku 2015

Olympic Competition Result: DNF: Gordon unfortunatly crashed on the bike leg of the Triathlon and was unable to finish

leedssport-twitter-black @gordonleeds

Rebecca Gallantre diving

Rebecca Gallantree


Age: 31

Course: Sport and Exercise Science

Graduated: 2007

Event: 3M Springboard Syncro

Major Achievement:

  • Commonwealth Games Gold Medal – Glasgow 2014

Olympic Competition Result: 6th Place in Synchronised 3M Competition; Preliminary Rounds of Individual 3M Competition.

leedssport-twitter-black @RGallantree

London 2012 success

Success in London 2012 was unprecedented with 8 University of Leeds athletes competing and 5 medals won across the Olympic and Paralympic competitions. The University was also host to the Chinese Olympic Team and the Canadian Paralympic Rugby Wheelchair Team.

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Ali Brownlee runnign out of water
Jonny Brownlee riding a bike
Rebecca Gallantre diving

Feeling Inspired?

The Olympic and Paralympic Games are about more than just sporting excellence, they are a source of inspiration for everyone to get involved. We run a diverse range of activities through our sport and physical activity programmes so if you’re feeling inspired find out more below.

Get Out, Get Active

Girl having fun in kayak smiling

From kayaking to walking there is something for everyone, come and have a go with our friendly student activators.


Girl directing people

Come and volunteer with us throughout the year at one off events or on a regular basis, we have lots of opportunities.

Sports Clubs

boy playing table tennis

We have over 60 different clubs and societies so whatever you want to play there is something for you.

The Edge

swimming pool at the edge

Improve your health and fitness at The Edge with the 25m swimming pool, fitness suite, and over 150 classes per week.