2020/21 sporting scholar recipients announced

Posted by cc576 at Nov 04, 2020 05:01 PM |
Sporting stars supported

The sports scholarship programme offers students at the University additional support so that they may continue their sporting lives alongside their academic studies while at Leicester.

This year 24 students across 19 sports have been successful, with fencing, water polo and taekwondo represented by multiple scholars.

Split into three tiers, all of this year’s chosen scholars have represented their country in international senior and junior competitions and regularly compete on the national stage.

First year medicine student, and tier 1 scholarship recipient, Sarah Rogers, is part of the under 19 Great Britain water polo squad. Her ambitions include to compete in the European Championships and the World Student Games.

She commented: "The sports scholarship…has really helped me to feel welcome at Leicester. I was nervous about how moving to university would affect my sport but since I have arrived I have been supported so much more than I could have hoped for. By helping me [to] set goals in workshops and providing me a life coach it has helped me to stay motivated.”

Selection for the 2022 Commonwealth Games is the aim of PhD student and Northern Ireland table tennis player Erin Thompson. Having already been called up to the top six long list, her focus is to reach the final squad.

Erin added: “As I have to travel back to Ireland regularly for competitions, the financial, and particularly the life coaching support…is vital for ensuring I can achieve my potential in both my sport and PhD research.”

Steve Bayley, Sport Experience Officer (Performance) said: “We’re proud to offer sports scholarships to students competing at a high level. To make the marginal gains at elite level you need the support of the university and a dedicated support team”

The sports scholarships include financial support for tier 1 and 2 scholars, access to the university’s sporting facilities, physiotherapy, and an individual physical conditioning programme.

Coaching is a core element of the scholarship, offered by our coaching and mentoring academy, run by Lisa Hallam, Organisational Development Officer. She said: “We have designed a coaching programme to help the student athlete’s sporting and university lives to work together and complement each other. Our qualified coach-colleagues offer one-to-one support to enable the student to realise their full potential in academic and sporting performance.”

The 2020 recipients of the University of Leicester sports scholarships are:

Tier 1

  • Alex Lloyd– fencing
  • Isabelle Rooke - cycling
  • Nick Cummins– wheelchair rugby
  • Rohan Bhuhi – hockey
  • Sarah Rogers – water polo

Tier 2

  • Abi Richardson – skiing
  • Archie Robinson – futsal
  • Erin Thompson – table tennis
  • Hannah Macauley – athletics
  • James Brosnan – fencing
  • Jamie Hughes – dodgeball
  • Jess Clarke – cheer and stunt
  • Josh Crane – ice hockey
  • Siena Limbu Lingden – taekwondo
  • Simon Hruskovic – water polo
  • Toby Little – shooting

Tier 3

  • Charlie McCurrie – rugby league
  • Daithi Harkin – fencing
  • Jack Warman – water polo
  • Louis Gibbard – tennis
  • Lucy Alexander – netball
  • Oliver Sibbick – ultimate frisbee
  • Sophie Ormond – taekwondo
  • Yuvraj Jaisingh – cricket

Get more information on our sports scholarships on our website.

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