Multi-sport success and international representation for Team Leicester
Our students have been busy representing the University at a variety of sports events and competitions over the past couple of weeks. Here is a rundown of some of Team Leicester’s most recent standout achievements:
1. First Year student, Sports Scholar and member of Coventry Blaze ice hockey team Josh Crane was named Coventry’s Man of the Match following the team’s victory at the 2018 Ice Hockey Under-20 National Finals against the Fife Falcons.
Josh said: “This is such an honour for me, for the coaches to pick me as man of the match in a game full of great performances from the boys. The game was so fun to play, the crowd got really involved and it really spurred everyone on to put on a great show that really came through on TV. Overall I have to say it’s a truly great feeling, especially having lost to them 2-0 last year.”
2. Sports Scholar Nick Cummins has been selected to be part of Great Britain squad who will compete at the Japan Para Championships in Chiba, just outside of Tokyo, between the 22nd and 27th of May. The tournament is part of the team’s preparation for the World Championships in August.
3. During the men’s cricket club’s pre-preseason training schedule, Ben Smith, Ireland Coach and ULCC coach organised for a number of the ULCC 1XI to train at Grace Road with the Ireland Test Squad. The BUCS Cricket season is now underway with the men’s 1st and 3rd teams winning their games at Stoughton on Wednesday afternoon.
4. Three players from the University’s American Football team have been contracted to national and international teams.
Daniel Raeburn and Chris Miyouna are currently playing for Tamworth Phoenix, who were crowned British Champions last season. The team are currently playing in the Northern European League where they will be playing against teams from Copenhagen and Carlstad Crusaders. Matthew Daltrey signed a semi-professional contract with the Giessen Golden Dragons in German Football League 2.
Club President Ollie Smith said “It is fantastic to see Daniel, Chris and Matthew being offered these playing opportunities. I would like to thank all of the coaching staff for all of their hard work with the players this season. The committee and I are very much looking forward to seeing the team develop into a cohesive unit which will challenge for promotion and championships in the coming seasons."
5. The University Boat Club had a successful weekend at the 2018 BUCS regatta, which took place last weekend. The club entered 13 crews with the club seeing record results and consistency across all four squads. For the first time in the club’s history two senior women were entered into the single sculls. Mary Bryant Jeans successfully achieved a D final in the Women’s Open weight Int1x, whilst Alice Bloomer successfully negotiated her way through to the A final, finishing in 2nd place and earning the club’s first BUCS medal in 15 years.
Beck Goodman, Boat Club President said: “The regatta has seen fantastic results across the board, with both the senior and novice squads consistently placing crews in the national top 25. In the Victor Ludorum standings the club placed 25th overall, making it one of the best BUCS regatta performances for the club ever!
"It is with thanks to the incredibly hard working student students within the club who make brilliant results like these possible, as well as support and funding from Sport and Active Life and the University of Leicester supplying additional racing equipment which has in no doubt played a big part in our successes, with hopefully more to come later this season."