Leeds Beckett University will be heavily represented at the 2018 Leeds Sports Awards, with seven nominees selected.
Leeds Beckett Head of Sport and Active Lifestyle, Sally Nickson, is proud of all Beckett’s nominees for the awards.
“I am extremely proud of all of our students, staff and Alumni that have been nominated for the 2018 Leeds Sports Awards,” she said.
“I think the nominations not only show the hard work and dedication of our members but it also shows the opportunities that Leeds offers: from coaching to performance sport,
“We are also proud of the support and services that Leeds Beckett offers to help our athletes achieve their goals, as well as the support and balance we provide for their academic studies.”
The Leeds Sports Awards will take place on Thursday 1 March.
Here is the full breakdown of all of Leeds Beckett’s nominees for the 2018 Leeds Sports Awards.
Jonny Bairstow – Sportsman Award
England and Yorkshire Cricketer Jonny Bairstow (Sports Performance) has been nominated for the Sportsman Award.
Dubbed ‘The Man for all Seasons’ Bairstow has been as impressive on the field as he has off of it, releasing his autobiography ‘A Clear Blue Sky’ in 2017 to critical acclaim for his raw honesty and journey into becoming England’s top Wicketkeeper.
Bairstow’s nomination rounds off another fantastic season for the Yorkshireman who will be keen to add another accolade to his impressive list.
Laura Weightman – Sportswoman Award
1500 metre runner and Beckett Alumna Laura Weightman (Bsc Hons Sport and Exercise Science) will cap off an incredible 2017 with her nomination for the Leeds Sports Award.
Weightman enjoyed a stellar year making an appearance in the 2017 IAAF World Championships Final in London, finishing a remarkable 6thin the 1500 metre final alongside fellow Briton Laura Muir.
Weightman will be looking to add to her successful season with the Leeds Sportswoman Award.
Good luck Laura!
Lois Forsell – Sportswoman Award
England International Lois Forsell (BA Sports Development) had a ground-breaking year in rugby league: which included a Women’s Super League winners medal with former club Bradford Bulls and a call up to England Women’s Rugby League World Cup squad.
Forsell played a key role in Bradford’s 36-6 Grand Final victory over Featherstone and was an integral part of England’s World Cup campaign, which ended with a semi-final defeat to eventual Champions Australia.
Forsell also became the first player ever to sign for Leeds Rhinos’ Women’s Super League squad ahead of the new 2018 Women’s Super League competition.
Best of luck for the awards Lois!
Kadeena Cox MBE - Sportswoman Disability Award
Gold Medal winning Paralympian Kadeena Cox MBE (BSc Hons Sport and Exercise Science, 2013) has been nominated on the back of an incredible 2017, becoming a Member of the Order of the British Empire and is now vying for another title to her list having been selected for the Leeds Sportswoman Disability Award.
At Rio 2016 Kadeena became the first British Paralympian to win Gold medals in multiple disciplines since Isabel Barr in 1984 and has continued to shine since her remarkable performance.
Best of luck Kadeena for the Leeds Sports Awards.
Leeds Beckett Hockey Club - Student Sport Award
Leeds Beckett’s Hockey Club have once again been nominated for the Student Sport category for the third time in the previous four years.
The club face stiff competition for the top award, which includes: Leeds Trinity rugby player Charlotte Booth and the University of Leeds’ American Football and Rugby League clubs.
Best of luck to Beckett Hockey for the awards
Dave Murray – Coach Performance Award
Olympic Gymnastics coach Dave Murray (BA Hons Physical Education, 2007) makes the shortlist for nominees in the Coaching Performance category, having now been nominated for the third time since 2015.
Dave has been a revelation for Gymnastics, not only for the City of Leeds Gymnastics club but for British Gymnastics, working with Olympians such as Rio 2016 Bronze Medallist Nile Wilson.
Best of luck for the Awards ceremony Dave.
Dr Malcolm Brown MBE and Jack Maitland – Coach Performance Award
Former Beckett Director of Sport Dr Malcolm Brown MBE and former Beckett Triathlon coach Jack Maitland have been nominated for the Coach – Performance Award for their services to Triathlon throughout 2017.
Malcolm and Jack have coached the city’s most elite Triathletes, including Olympic brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, and their efforts have not gone unnoticed by the Leeds Sports Award committee.
Best of luck to Malcolm and Jack for the awards evening.
Check out the full list of the 2018 Leeds Sports Awards nominees