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Leeds Sports Awards nominations showcase LBU sporting pedigree

High-flying sporting individuals connected to Leeds Beckett University have been nominated for honours in the 2020 Leeds Sports Awards which will be held at the first direct arena on 27 February.


The awards evening will feature 11 Leeds Beckett University (LBU) students, graduates and coaches battle for top honours in an array of categories ranging from Senior Achievers to Special Contribution awards.

Among the nominations, LBU has three individuals shortlisted for the Student Sport Award:

  • Alex Yee, Team GB triathlete and LBU athletics captain who competed in the ITU World Triathlon Series in 2019 and claimed silver in his debut race.
  • Evie Tonkin, LBU rugby union player and Scotland international who made her debut for Scotland women’s first team as part of the autumn international fixtures.
  • Carnegie American Football team, who were crowned BUCS Premier Champions for the first time last season after beating University of Hertfordshire 57-13 in the season finale.

Former LBU football head coach John Hall has received a Special Contribution nomination, having been shortlisted for the Outstanding Service to Sport Award. He has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to football, having worked for the university and Leeds City Council.

Sport Leeds previously announced the Senior Achievers category as part of the event launch in October 2019, which saw graduates Alex Bell, Laura Weightman and Tom Bosworth nominated for the Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year awards respectively.

The Senior Achievers category also saw fellow graduates Kadeena Cox MBE and David Stone MBE receive nominations for the Disabled Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year Awards.

Leeds Beckett University head of athletics Andrew Henderson has been shortlisted for the performance coach category alongside School of Sport lecturer and race walking coach Andi Drake.

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