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Leeds Beckett students, coaches and alumni shortlisted for 2019 Leeds Sports Awards

Eleven of Beckett’s top athletes, coaches and alumni have been shortlisted for the prestigious Leeds Sports Awards.

UK Coaching Award winners Kris Stafford and Harrison Marshall are two of eleven Beckett representatives to be shortlisted which includes three coaches, five students and three alumni.

The coaching pair, who won the Greatest Coaching Moment of the Year award at the 2018 UK Coaching Awards, have been shortlisted for the Coaching Participation award for their achievements with Old Otliensians Rugby Union Club. 

The duo have been shortlisted alongside Beckett’s American Football head coach Dale Bottomley for his continued hard work with the university’s American football programme, including at grassroots levels alongside NFL UK and with the Leeds Assassins junior team.

Alumni Georgia Taylor-Brown and Lois Forsell have been shortlisted for the Sports Woman of the Year award for their efforts in triathlon and rugby league respectively, while alumnus and Leeds City gymnastics coach, Dave Murray, has been shortlisted for the Performance Coach Award, an award he won last year.

Five Beckett students were shortlisted in the student sport category including Team GB triathlete hopeful Alex Yee, who recently achieved the second quickest UK parkrun ever as he completed the Dulwich 5km course in thirteen minutes and fifty-seven seconds.

Alex has been shortlisted alongside Beckett rugby league players Sion Jones, Connor Davies and Curtis Davies, who helped Wales qualify for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup and Beckett Hockey Club Captain Chloe Menear for her incredible contributions to the sport at Leeds Beckett and Leeds Hockey Club.

Leeds Beckett’s head of sport Sally Nickson said “I am very proud of all the eleven students, staff and alumni that have been nominated for this year’s awards.

“I think the nominations not only show the hard work and dedication of our athletes and coaches but also the opportunities that the city offers from grassroots all the way to the elite levels of sport.

“We are committed to helping our athletes achieve their goals, and their success is testament to the support we provide them to succeed in their chosen sport and academically as well.”

The winners will be unveiled at the awards on Thursday 28 February at the First Direct Arena.

Tickets for the event are still available

Full list of the 2019 Leeds Sports Awards nominees available here

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