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    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

    leedssport-twitter-black @KimDaybell

    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

    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

    leedssport-twitter-black @kdarke

    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

    leedssport-twitter-black @laurasugar1

    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

    leedssport-twitter-black @GraceClough

    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

    leedssport-twitter-black  @jonny_brownlee

    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.

    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

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


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

    Sports Clubs

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

    The Edge

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

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