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Leeds Beckett alumni going for Gold on the Gold coast.
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Leeds Beckett alumni going for Gold on the Gold coast.

written by Richard Allen | 4 April 2018
Thousands of athletes from 71 nations and territories will be going for gold during the Games. Find out about the eight Leeds Beckett alumni going for Gold in the Gold Coast.

The Commonwealth Games have well and truly kicked off in style on the Gold Coast with Alistair Brownlee carrying the flag for Team England during the opening ceremony at the Carrara Stadium. Alongside Alistair we’ve a strong contingent of Leeds Beckett alumni competing in a variety of sports over the fortnight, as well as Events Management alumni supporting the planning and management of the Games.

Thousands of athletes from 71 nations and territories will be going for gold during the Games.

Aiming to get their hands on those coveted medals are:

Alex Bell, BA (Hons) Human Geography, 2014
800m Round 1 – 12 April, 03:20, 800m Finals – 13 April, 11:45

Tom Bosworth, BSc (Hons) Sports Performance, 2013, PGCert Sport & Exercise Nutrition, 2014
20km Race Walk Final – 7 April, 22:00

Alistair Brownlee, MA Finance, 2013
Triathlon Final – 5 April, 04:00

Natalie Haythornthwaite, BSc (Hons) Speech & Language Therapy, 2017
Netball England vs Scotland - 5 April, 04:00
Netball Malawi vs England - 6 April, 09:30
Netball England vs Uganda - 8 April, 06:00
Netball England vs Wales - 9 April, 04:00 
Netball Semi Final - 14 April, TBC
Netball Final - 15 April, TBC

Yona Knight-Wisdom, BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science, 2016
1m Springboard preliminary rounds - 11 April, 01:00
1m Springboard final - 11 April, 10:00
3m Springboard preliminary rounds - 12 April, 12:00
3m Springboard final - 12 April, 09:00

Quentin Rew, Certificate of French & Related Studies, 2013
20km Race walk Final - 7 April 22:00

Emily Scarratt, BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science, 2011. Honorary Doctorate of Sport Science, 2015
Rugby Sevens Fiji vs England - 13 April, 08:15 
Rugby Sevens Australia vs England - 13 April, 11:15 
Rugby Sevens England vs Wales - 14 April, 10:00

Laura Weightman, BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science, 2013
5000m Finals – 14 April, 06:20

Working tireless behind the scenes at the Games is BA (Hons) Event Management alumna Hannah Gregory who, since graduating in 2010, has developed a strong track record working on international sporting events including the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Baku 2015 European, Rugby World Cup 2015, Australian Open 2016, 5th Indoor & Martial Arts Games. 

At the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Hannah is Technical Operations Manager for swimming, working in the sport functional area. 

She explains “I’m responsible for planning and delivering the swimming competition according to the International Federation rules and regulations.

“Within the swimming team there are four other paid staff and over 200 volunteers preparing to deliver over 30 hours of broadcast competition for 450 athletes and over 10,000 spectators.

“My time at Leeds Beckett definitely helped me build a foundation and knowledge of Event Management to help me succeed in my career.

“My placement year provided me with invaluable hands-on experience organising events and I returned for my final two years full of enthusiasm and being able to relate the theory learnt in the classroom to practical experience.”

 

Tom Bosworth photo credit: Mark Metcalfe/Getty images.