Beckett athletes to light up Commonwealth Games
31 October 2017 - Sean Freer
Eight Leeds Beckett University representatives have been selected by their home nations to compete in next year’s Commonwealth Games.
The athletes, including six Alumni and two current students, have fought their way into contention of representing their countries in the event, set to be held in Gold Coast Australia in May 2018.
Team England have selected five Leeds Beckett athletes, including: Olympic Gold Triathlete Alistair Brownlee, 1500m World Championship finalist Laura Weightman and Race Walkers Tom Bosworth, Callum Wilkinson and Gemma Bridge.
Elsewhere, Alumna Bethan Davies will look to do Wales proud as she aims to compete alongside Gemma Bridge in the Women’s Race Walk.
There are two more Race Walkers set for Commonwealth glory with New Zealand duo Alana Barber and Quentin Rew being selected for the Gold Coast event.
All of our athletes will have a good chance of claiming medals in next year’s games according to Leeds Beckett and Team GB Race Walking coach Andi Drake.
“I’m delighted for the athletes that their selections have been confirmed, with a limited team size of 75 for Athletics they need to be medal shots for selection,” he said
“They will be going to the Gold Coast looking to challenge for the podium, which is no easy task as the 20km Walk has World Class competitors in both the Men’s and Women’s races,
“It will be an excellent opportunity for all the athletes to how to be successful and be comfortable at that level.”
Former British Olympian, and now Senior coach of High Performance and Enterprise at Leeds Beckett, Mick Hill says he is ‘extremely proud’ of all of Team Beckett’s selections.
“We are extremely proud of the achievements of our past and present students who have made their national teams for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games,
“Their selection speaks volumes for the sporting environment at Leeds Beckett and is just reward for all of the hard work put in by the athletes as well as their coaches and support staff.”
Congratulations to all of our Team Beckett athletes who have been selected to represent their countries for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Not all sports have selected their athletes for their 2018 Commonwealth Games teams yet, which could lead to even more Leeds Beckett athletes being selected over the coming months.
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