Olympic hopeful receives sporting boost from University of Leicester

Posted by pt91 at Oct 03, 2012 02:37 PM |
Students awarded University’s first round of sports scholarships

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 3 October 2012

An Olympic archery hopeful has received one of the University of Leicester’s first sports scholarships.

Kieran Slater, who is due to start his degree in Physics with Astrophysics at the University in October, is one of ten students to receive a sporting boost.

The students will receive scholarships with a value in excess of £1000 per year, which will provide them with access to sports facilities, training, physiotherapy, and advice.

The prospective students, undergraduates and postgraduates were selected after impressing a panel of selectors from the University’s Sports and Recreation Service and Student’s Union, who have introduced the scholarships for the first time this year.

Kieran has represented his country at European and World archery tournaments since 2010. He is a member of Archery GB’s Olympic Development Squad, and is aiming to represent the nation at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

He was ranked as the number 1 under-21 archer in Great Britain this year and has also competed at senior level. He has represented the country at the European Grand Prix in Cyprus, and the European Championships.

The 18-year-old, from Stinchcombe, Gloucestershire, was awarded a Gold scholarship, which will allow him to continue developing his archery skills during his time at university.

The scholarship entitles him to £250 worth of membership to university sports facilities, £250 worth of sports massages, physiotherapy and osteopathy as well as a £250 tab for the university’s catering outlets.

He will also have access to expert coaching, individual needs assessment, physiological assessments and nutritional advice.

Another nine students have received Silver Scholarships, which will provide them with £250 worth of membership to university sports facilities, £150 worth of sports massages, physiotherapy and osteopathy, a £100 tab for the university’s catering outlets, and coaching, assessment and advice.

Silver scholars included American football player Samuel Taylor, a 21-year-old criminology postgraduate from Hinckley, Leicestershire, squash player Chris Beevor, a 19-year-old second year geography undergraduate from Epsom, Surrey, dodgeball player Brett Koenig, a 19-year-old second year law student from Lutterworth, Leicestershire, runner Sarah Johnson, a 21-year-old third year biological sciences undergraduate from Barlaston, Stoke on Trent.

Also receiving scholarships are hockey player David Boddy, a 19-year-old second year medicine student from Belper, Derbyshire, cyclist Mary Evans, a 25-year-old first year medicine student from Hitching, Hertfordshire, Rugby Union player Ebeneezer Ikediashi, a 21-year-old postgraduate actuarial science student from Upper Norwood, London and rower Rebecca Clephan, a 20-year-old third year film and English student from Banchory, Aberdeenshire and 19-year-old Olivia Deane, a horse rider from Henley in Arden, Warwickshire.

Matthew Weir, Assistant Director of Sports (Sports Development), said: “The purpose of the scholarships is to help attract more top sports performers to the University of Leicester and provide essential flexibility and support to those pursuing both sporting and academic excellence.

“We aim to recruit the very best student applicants to the University of Leicester regardless of financial circumstance, provide the best student sporting experience and raise individual and overall level of performance in Leicester’s distinctive sports.

“These individuals demonstrate discipline, application and talent which enable them to perform at the top of their game both in a sporting sense and in their academic studies.”

Ian Read, Student Development Team Leader in the University’s Students’ Union, said: “This scholarship programme will provide essential financial and personal support for quality sporting students to pursue both sporting and academic excellence. I also believe this shows the University’s commitment to improving our sporting provision.

“It takes some of the financial pressure off which will help them concentrate on becoming the best that they can be, in a supportive and professional environment. It is well documented that a healthy body constitutes a healthy mind, but it is also important to raise the individual and overall level of performance here at Leicester and the scholarship programme will hopefully go some way to doing this, along with providing the ‘best student sporting experience’.”

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For more information, please contact Matthew Weir, Assistant Director of Sports (Sports Development), on 0116 271 9144 or at: mw80@le.ac.uk

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