University alumni help student reach World University Games
16 August 2017 - Sarah Cardwell
Leeds Beckett University Sport Business student Daniel Gardiner will be representing Great Britain at the World University Games in Taipei, with the help of Leeds Beckett graduates from across the years.
The Summer Universiade runs from 19-30 August and features more than 10,000 participants from over 150 countries.
Daniel, a long jumper, who is currently studying an MA in Sport Business in the Carnegie School of Sport, has been awarded the first Carnegie School of Sport Scholarship. This opportunity has been made possible by alumni, from the class of 1957 to more recent graduates, who attended the Inaugural Carnegie School of Sport reunion lunch earlier this year and offered their support to the new scholarship fund to help current students.
Speaking about the scholarship, Daniel said: “It’s a great honour to represent Great Britain in such a prestigious event. Opportunities like this makes all the hard work and sacrifice worth it. Without this support, I would have had to fund part of the trip myself, which would mean working more hours and neglecting my training. It has allowed me to dedicate 100 per cent of my focus and time into doing the best I can.
“I would like to say thank you for the generous support they have given. It will be an honour to represent Great Britain, but also an honour to represent the alumni who have made this possible.”
The World University Games, or Universiade, is the largest multi-sport event after the Olympics.
Vic Ambler, who studied Physical Education in 1957, has supported the scholarship. He said: “I am really pleased that Daniel has been selected for the World University Games and that we have been able to help him. My involvement as coach of World University Games Basketball between 1973 (Russia) and 1995 (Japan) was the highlight of my career. Daniel will gain so much at the competition and he has a sensible approach to the balance of education and sport, he will represent Carnegie with pride and achievement.”
Dean of the Carnegie School of Sport, and alumnus, Peter Mackreth, is delighted by the support for the new scholarship: “I am immensely proud of the tradition of the Carnegie School of Sport, and the generosity of our former students who want to extend opportunities to the next generation. I hope that our alumni will take pride in Daniel as he represents them, and the University, at the Games and that this is the first of many awards to support our students.”
Daniel will be competing in the first round of the long jump competition on Sunday 27 August.