International success for Leeds Beckett athletes and coaches
30 May 2019
Leeds Beckett's alumni and students will take centre stage in an action-packed summer of international sport.
Former Leeds Beckett student wins Word Triathlon Series race in Leeds
Alumna Georgia Taylor-Brown (BSc Sports and Exercise Science, 2015) claimed her first ever World Traithlon Series gold medal in front of a partisan crowd in Leeds.
The Leeds Triathlon star dominated the field to take her first win, as she finished the race 11 seconds ahead of her nearest rival, American Katie Zaferes, and was visibly overwhelmed by her incredible achievement.
The race saw Georgia claim her first World Triathlon Series medal since August 2018 in Montreal and improve on her remarkable silver medal in the Leeds race in 2018.
Meanwhile the men’s race saw current student Alex Yee claim a determined 15th place finish, cutting the field in half in the final sprint, coming from 31st at his transition from the bike to his running shoes.
Former Leeds Beckett student Alistair Brownlee failed to shrug off an injury that has seen him struggle, as he led the pack for much of the race before the final run proved too much for him to handle as he went from first to finishing 44th.
Lionesses win opening World Cup game
Alumna Lucy Bronze and her Lionesses teammates claimed an impressive 2-1 victory over Scotland in their opening World Cup fixture in France.
England dominated the first half,, going 2-0 up with goals from Nikita Parris, who struck home an early penalty, and Ellen White who finished off a great assist from former Leeds Beckett student Lucy Bronze.
The team have two more fixtures to go in the group stages with a familiar World Cup foe next up for the team, Argentina.
12 Leeds Beckett Rugby League players to compete in Student Home Nations
The Student Home Nations competition will see England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales Students teams face off in July.
Beckett Head Coach Paul Fletcher's endless production line of talent will see 12 of his players compete in international competition, with Leeds Beckett players set to represent all four competing nations.
Wales have included six Leeds Beckett stars in their squad including Cobi Green, Dewi Billingham, Ellis Simon, Frazer Stroud, Macaulley Harris and Rhys Davies while England have selected Calum Fletcher, Lee Registe and Matty Chrimes.
Ireland have selected duo James Mulhern and Kevin Warga while Scotland have named Jake Seymour in their squad.
Leeds Beckett Tennis to represent the UK in China for Tennis Australia tournament
The Leeds Beckett’s tennis team have been selected by organisers Tennis Australia to compete in a worldwide university event in Chengdu City, China.
The event will see eight universities from across the world compete, including Leeds Beckett who will represent the UK, and will take place from Monday 1 July to Sunday 7 July.
Leeds Beckett coach guides England U19’s to European glory
Leeds Beckett’s Kirsty McPhee was part of the England Squash Under 19’s coaching staff for their European Team Championship victory.
Kirsty, who is the university’s Racket Sports Development Officer, was one of several coaches on hand to help guide the team to their historic tenth successive Europe title.
Read more about how England claimed their 33rd European Team Title.
Two alumni selected for England Netball World Cup squad
Former Leeds Beckett students Nat Haythornthwaite and Natalie Panagarry have been selected as part of the 12 women squad for the Vitality Netball World Cup.
The event, which will start on Friday 12 July, will see England compete in a partisan Liverpool crowd.
The team will be lead by former Leeds Beckett coach Tracey Neville, who will be hoping to guide the team to more success after their incredible Commonwealth Games win in 2018.
Tchoukball World Series looms for Leeds Beckett players
Four Leeds Beckett alumni have been selected to represent Great Britain Tchoukball's women's teams for the upcoming World Series in Malaysia, while a former student has been selected for the men's side.
Alumni Ruth Brazier, Elle Jones and Janine Norman will take centre stage for the women's team alongside fellow alumni and Great Britain coach Hannah Norman, with former student Mike O'Donnell representing the men's team.
All five Leeds Beckett representatives are part of the Leeds Tchoukball Club, which includes many alumni and students from the university.
Alumni to lead England Barmy Army at Cricket World Cup
Former student Chris Millard will lead over 33,000 England fans next month at the Cricket World Cup in the UK.
The Barmy Army, now in their 25th year, initially started as a group of backpackers travelling to see the team before breaking out into the cult phenomenon that it has become today.
Chris - who is a childhood friend of England star Joe Root - took over the role of the Army’s Managing Director 18 months ago.
Speaking with the Daily Mail, Chris said: “'I believe we are saving Test cricket almost independently. We bring an enormous economic benefit to the venues that we visit overseas, saving their tourism economies in some ways.
“In Barbados, they estimated that we brought in £60m. In 2018, the Sydney Morning Herald estimated that our fans brought in £160m throughout the Ashes series.”