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Leeds Beckett University sports stars honoured at 2020 Leeds Sports Awards


World Triathlon star Alex Yee and three-time Paralympic Champion David Stone MBE were recognised at the Leeds Sports Awards which were held at the First Direct Arena on 27 February.

Leeds Beckett student Alex Yee pictured competing for LBU was one of two winners from the university at the 2020 Leeds Sports Awards

Leeds Beckett University Sports & Exercise Science student Alex received the Student Sport Individual award after an incredible debut year in the ITU World Triathlon Series. Alex made an immediate impact claiming silver in his debut race in Abu Dhabi, finishing behind then world champion Mario Mola.

Heading into Tokyo 2020, Alex will compete against Leeds Beckett University honorary graduates Alistair Brownlee MBE and Jonathan Brownlee for the two places available in the Team GB Triathlon squad.

Graduate David Stone MBE was named the Disability Sportsman of the Year. The MA Sports Business graduate (2014) received the award alongside England Wheelchair Rugby League star Jamie Simpson.

A three-time Paralympic champion, David enjoyed success at the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International, claiming first in the T1-2 event.

Leeds Rhinos women were named Team of the Year. The Rhinos are coached by Leeds Beckett University graduate Lois Forsell and fellow alumna Danika Priim plays at prop forward for the Women’s Super League team.

Meanwhile, Ethan Hussey, who trains with LBU Head of Athletics Andy Henderson, was recognised as the Young Sportsman of the Year.

Sally Griffiths, Director of Sport & Active Lifestyles at Leeds Beckett, said: “Congratulations to all of our winners and nominees at this year’s Leeds Sports Awards.”

“The event was a remarkable evening for our students, graduates and coaches who were recognised for their hard work and success over the last twelve months and the university is proud of their achievements.”

Dean of the Carnegie School of Sport Peter Mackreth said: “Carnegie School of Sport was proud to be an associate sponsor of the awards, including the student sport category which saw our student Alex Yee claim the top individual prize for his success in last year’s World Triathlon Series.

“I’d also like to congratulate Carnegie School of Sport graduate David Stone on claiming the Disability Sportsman award ahead of an important Paralympic year.”

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