Commonwealth Success for Leeds Met
The 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow saw England come out on top, winning 58 gold medals and 174 medals in total, taking the medal table by storm. Both current and former students of our university contributed to this notable success.
Laura Weightman, a BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science graduate did extremely well in the women's 1,500m, winning a silver medal for England. Laura has had tremendous success in the past, reaching the final stages of the London Olympics, as well as competing in numerous competitions around the world.
Adam Cox, a BA (Hons) Education and Sports Development graduate, competed in the gymnastics tournament, winning a silver medal for Scotland in his last appearance competing at a national level.
James Denny, a current BSc (Hons) Sport, Physical Activities & Health student, competed alongside Tom Daley in the Men's 10m synchronised diving tournament, winning a silver medal for England.
Samantha Quek a BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science graduate won a silver medal for England in the Women's Hockey final against Australia.
Sarah Barrow a BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science graduate competed alongside Tonia Couch in the 10m Women's diving tournament, wining a silver medal for England.
Alistair Brogdon a BA (Hons) Business & Marketing graduate achieved a bronze medal for England in the Men's Hockey game against New Zealand.
Scott Thwaites a BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science graduate managed to bag a bronze medal for England in the cycling tournament.
Ali Jawad a current BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science student, not only achieved a bronze medal for England in the powerlifting tournament, but also managed to set a new world record. Ali has enjoyed notable success in past games, achieving world records in both the Asian open Championships and the IPC World Powerlifting Championships.
Cristen Marritt, a BSc (Hons) Sport Science graduate competed in the badminton tournament for the Isle of Man. Marritt demonstrated tremendous effort, reaching the final 32 in the Women's singles round, and the final 16 in the Women's doubles.
Sarah Davies a BA (Hons) Secondary Physical Education graduate competed in the women's 63kg weightlifting tournament for England. The former Miss Leeds came seventh, after demonstrating her remarkable skill.
Finally, Alistair Brownlee a former MSc Finance student managed to win two gold medals for England in both the Men's and Mixed triathlon events. Alistair has had huge success in the past, winning Gold in the 2012 London Olympic triathlon.
Our University has a strong history of developing and nurturing athletic talent. Our Alumnus consists of a variety of sporting competitors, including Olympic and Paralympic gold winners and Rugby Union England players.
Congratulations to all our current and former students of our University for their outstanding success in this year's Commonwealth Games.