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Meet our 2016-2017 Sport Scholars

We're pleased to announce the scholars that represent MMU Sport in the 2016-2017 academic year.* 

All scholarship applications have been acknowledged as of 15 September. If you have not received an acknowledgement or have questions about your application, please contact

*List correct as of 15 September 2016. 

American football scholars

Phil Holker

Sport: American Football

Club: Merseyside Nighthawks

Course: Mechanical Engineering

Bio: Phil, a first year mechanical engineering student, plays Premiership Division American Football for the Merseyside Nighthawks. Phil has won both the national championship and is hoping to play a key role in MMU Eagles' promotion to Division 1. After tearing his Achilles, Phil is making the most of scholarship, using the physiotherapy and massage to improve performance. 

Athletics scholars

‌Kadeena Cox

‌Sport: Para Athletics and Para Cycling

Events: T37 100m and 200m (Athletics), C1-3 500m time trial and C1-5 Mixed Gender Sprint Time Trial (Cycling)

Level: GB International

Club: Sale Harriers 

Course: BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Biography: When she initally joined MMU Sport as a scholar, Kadeena was one of the fastest able-bodied junior sprinters in the country.  After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Kadeena has gone from strength to strength peaking at the Rio Paralympics, where she broke multiple world records to secure 2 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal across cycling and atheltics. Kadeena became the first Briton since 1988 to win medals in two sports at a Games. Not content with her four medals Kadeena is eyeing up her opportunities to compete at Summer and Winter Games in years to come.  

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Jess Coulson

PhD in Physiology


5000m – Marathon

Stockport Harriers

Nick Woods

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Greatest Achievements:
British Half Marathon Champion 2015 and European Cross Country Champion 2012

Jess is a second year PhD student in Physiology and is aiming to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.  Jess also aims to work research in the future and would like to run her own business.

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Matthew Pagan

Sport: Athletics


Club: Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers

Bio: Matthew Pagan, an Automotive Engineering student, competes in athletics for Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers. Matthew has represented England with the Schools International Athletics Board and had achieved gold in the National Championships in 2012 and 2014. Matthew first became interested in athletics following a sports day race in school where he won and was selected for his school’s regional team. Matthew is determined to make the European Juniors after finishing 11th in the UK in 2016. 


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Ebbie Chappell

Sport: Athletics/Netball

Event: Pole vault

Level: English Schools

Club: Sale Harriers athletics club

Bio: Ebbie Danson-Chappell, a first year Accounting and Finance student, competes in both athletics and netball. Ebbie represents Greater Manchester at the English Schools Championships and Sale Harriers at the English Championships in pole vault. She has also represented the Great British Colleges for Netball and was crowned Player of the Year. Ebbie’s ambitions include representing her country at the Commonwealth Games.


Toni Buckingham

Sport: Athletics

Discipline: Shot Put

Club: Barnsley AC

Course: Fashion Design and Technology in Sportswear

Coach: Graeme Stark

Greatest Sporting Achievements: Bronze medal at National Indoor Championships (U20) and Commonwealth Youth first reserve.

Biography: Toni is a 1st year Fashion Design and Technology in Sportswear student who has competed in the UKSG England team (2013/4) and the Welsh International England Team (2014).  Toni has tried many sports throughout school and got into athletics at the age of 6 after watching her brother compete.  This led to her gaining bronze medals at English Schools, UKSG and AAA National Championships (2013), silver medals at UKSG and AAA National Championships (2014), and a bronze medal at the National Indoor Championships 2015.  Toni aspires to compete internationally, as well as working abroad in her final year of study.


Kevin Metzger

Badminton scholars


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Jamie Kilgariff

Sport: Badminton

Position: Goalkeeper

Course: Accounting and Finance

Bio: Jamie, a fourth year account and finance student, was under 17 National Doubles Champion in 2008. This is Jamie's third year as an MMU Sport scholar and his goal is to reach the semi-final of an international competition. His future ambitions include achieving a first in his degree and travelling Asia. 

Basketball scholars


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Richard Bell

Sport: Basketball

Position: Forward

Level: NCAA College Basketball

Bio: Richard Bell is currently completing a masters in management at Manchester Met and plays for Manchester Giants in the BBL. Richard began playing basketball at the age of 10 when his mum took him down to a session at the local leisure centre. Basketball provided Richard with a focus and drive for a sport that he has a growing passion for. Richard played for the University of Nevada and won a Division 1 Conference championship in his freshman year. He hopes to continue in his professional career in the UK and ultimately he aims to play at the highest level of professional basketball. 

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Stefan Gill

Sport: Basketball

Level: England international

Club: Manchester Magic

Course: Business Management

Bio: Stefan Gill, is currently studying a masters in Business Management and plays for Manchester Magic in EBL Division 1. The England International has competed in several Slam Dunk Championships in London and Paris and Club Player of The Year for Manchester Giants in 2014. Stefan’s future ambitions include owning his own Strength & Conditioning and performance facility to provide athletes with the platform to take their sport to the highest level.

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Tyme Regent-Bascombe

Sport: Basketball

Level: English Basketball League Division 1

Position: Wing

Bio: Tyme is currently in his final year at MMU where he is studying Financial Services Planning and Management. Tyme was introduced to basketball by his good friend Tahaar and it was while they were playing at their local court that his was scouted by Ipswich Basketball Club. Since then he has competed for Manchester Magic in EBL Division One and he has represented England in the AASE program in Denmark. 


Grace Simmons

Course: Fashion Buying and Merchandise

Sport: Baskestball

Club: Manchester Mystics

Coach: Jeff Jones


Greatest Sporting Achievement: Mancheser Mystics WBBL Cup Champions (2017)

Grace moved to Manchester because she wanted to play basketball in a different country, and now plays for Manchester Mystics in the WBBL.  She would love to use her qualifications to own her very own clothing brand.



Loick Pouale

Sport: Basketball

Position: Forward/guard

Bio: Loick, a first year design engineering student, is represent the north west at under 18 level and received a college scholarship in the US before joining MMU Sport. In the future Loick would like to see one of his designers come to life and would like to travel the world. 

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Hamad Ali

Course: Biomedical Science

Sport: Basketball

Position: Small Forward

Club: Manchester Magic

Coach: Paul Middleton

Bio: Hamad began playing basketball at 12 years old when his brother got him into it by playing in the back garden.  Hamad started playing for Manchester Magic when his high school P.E teacher told him about their trials, and he has been hooked ever since!


Rheanne Bailey

Course: MSc Physiotheraphy (Pre-Reg)

Sport: Basketball

Position: Small Forward

Club: Manchester Mystics

Coach: Jeff Jones

Greatest Sporting Achievement: Mancheser Mystics WBBL Cup Champions (2017)

Bio: Rheanne began playing basketball in year 9 when she was standing in for a player at school and has been playing ever since.  Rheanne was lucky to be coached by Rob Peternostro during school, who played in the BBL, whilst she also played for Birmingham Force 3 times a week.  Opportunities for Rheanne to access basketball keep on presenting themselves, and she's sure to make the most of them!



Boxing scholars

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Bradley Rea

Sport: Boxing

Club: St John's ABC

Course: Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Bio: Bradley Rea is a boxer who competes for England youth at international tournaments. The first year Sport and Exercise Nutrition student is trained by his dad, who Brad says pushes him to be his best. Brad recently became the NABGC 75kg class C national champion by unanimous decision. 

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Michael Mulvey

Sport: Boxing

Club: Timperley Boxing Club

Course: Business and Sport

Bio: Michael is a light flyweight boxer from Altrincham. Michael is relatively new to boxing as he was originally an up and coming footballer for Oldham Athletic. Michael joined his local gym to improve his fitness for football where he uncovered his talents for boxing and his passion for the sport grew. Michael had a brilliant 2016 topped off by making the North-West NABGC final. 

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Hamza Shah

Sport: Boxing

Club: Inspire

Course: Sport and exercise nutrition

Bio: Hamza, a first year sport and exercise nutrition student, was a semi-finalist in 2016’s ABA championship. Outside boxing Hamza was the youngest ever person to be elected to the UK’s youth parliament, aged 12. Hamza hopes his degree will help to progress his boxing career with ambitions of making it to Tokyo 2020 and eventually turning professional

Cycling scholars

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Sport: Track Cycling Main Discipline: 500m tt and Team Sprint

Personal best: 35.481 seconds (500m tt), 34.3 seconds (Team sprint), 19.7seconds (man 1), 11.6 seconds (f200m)

Level: GB International

Club: Edinburgh RC/Scotland/GB/Equipo Bolivia Femenino

Course: MSc Advanced MSK Physiotherapy

Greatest sporting achievements: Representing Great Britain at the 2016 Senior European Track Championships in Paris and the 2016 UCI Sixdays in Rotterdam. Representing Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014.

Biography: Since starting cycling 4 years ago Ellie has won 9 BUCs gold medals, 10 Scottish National titles and numerous British National senior medals. She is the current BUCs record holder for the 500m tt and the team sprint and also holds the Scottish National 500m tt record. Ellie's Palmarés includes Commonwealth Games, World Cups, European Championships and numerous international UCI Class 1 sprint competitions across Europe and Asia. Outside of cycling Ellie works and teaches as a specialist MSK/Sports Physiotherapist, is lead author on a pending systematic review and is also co-writing a shoulder rehabilitation book.

Helen Scott

‌Sport: Cycling

Level: GB International

Course:  BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

Greatest sporting achievement:

Competing at Rio Paralympics and bringing home a gold and a bronze. Racing at home in the London 2012 Paralympic Games and earning silver in the Tandem 1km TT and bronze in the 3km Pursuit

Biography:  Alongside her Paralympic medals, Helen has also had success in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, earning gold in the Tandem 1km TT and the sprint, and in the 2015 Paracycling Track Championships, earning gold in the Tandem 1km TT and the sprint. Helen also runs her own coaching company, and is looking to grow the sport and its opportunities across all ages.

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Sport: Track Cycling

Level: GB International

Club: Sports City Velo

Course: BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Technology (Sportswear)

Greatest sporting achievements: Earning a silver medal at the Junior European Championships along with a national record in the team sprint.

Biography: Following in the footsteps of her brothers, Jess has had a fantastic career so far in track cycling.  At last year's Junior European Championships she earned a silver medal and a national record in the team sprint, finishing in the top ten in the 500m time trial and sprint. Ouside of her sport, Jess has a passion for making things, and her ambition is to start her own sportswear range.

Kadeena Cox

‌Sport: Para Athletics and Para Cycling

Events: T37 100m and 200m (Athletics), C1-3 500m time trial and C1-5 Mixed Gender Sprint Time Trial (Cycling)

Level: GB International

Club: Sale Harriers 

Course: Physiotherapy

Biography: When she initally joined Man Met as one of our sport scholars, Kadeena was one of the fastest able-bodied junior sprinters in the country.  After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Kadeena has gone from strength to strength peaking at the Rio Paralympics, where she broke multiple world records to secure 2 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal across cycling and atheltics. Kadeena became the first Briton since 1988 to win medals in two sports at a Games. Not content with her four medals Kadeena is eyeing up her opportunities to compete at Summer and Winter Games in years to come. 

Jess Varnish

Sport: Track cycling

Course: BSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Biography: Multiple world, Commonwealth & European Championship medallist Jess Varnish is in her first year of a three year Sport and Exercise Nutrition degree. The track cyclist made her MMU Sport debut at the BUCS national track championships in the National Cycling Centre in Manchester and took gold. Jess is running her own personal training business helping her clients achieve their individual goals whether it be elite athletes or people wanting a healthier lifestyle. After she suffered a back injury pilates was an integral part of Jess’ training so she now teaches it and wants to help her clients be robust through gaining strength and flexibility.

Football scholars


Emily Hollinshead

Sport: Football

Position: Wing

Club: Everton Ladies

Course: Primary Education

Greatest sporting achievements: Making her senior international debut for the Wales Women's Senior team against Bosnia in the Istria cup in Croatia. Reaching the FA Cup Semi Final with Everton, at Goodison Park

Biography: Emily made her first team competitive debut for Everton Ladies in May 2014, against Durham.  Before this, Emily represented Crewe Alexandra at the Dallas International Soccer tournament and, competing with Manchester United, won the North West league. In 2015, Emily was also called up to represent the Wales national team.

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Marcus Burgess

Sport: Football

Position: Goalkeeper

Club: Salford City FC

Bio: Marcus is a second year Sports Marketing and Management student and the goalkeeper for Man Met's first XI. As well as playing for the university, he also plays for Salford City FC and is currently on loan at Burscough FC. Marcus first got involved in football when his brother would chuck him in the net and blast shots at him. At just age 18, Marcus spent one year at Everton FC where he has three bench appearances for the U21 squad. He joined a local team and a few years later he signed for Burnley FC Centre of Excellence. Marcus’ immediate sporting ambitions are to get back into the professional game and aims to complete his degree with a first class honours which would help him to get a job within the sporting industry.

  Ellie Bohannan

Sport: Football

Discipline: Centre Back

Club: Aston Villa Ladies

Course: Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy

Coach: Joe Hunt/Jack White

Greatest Sporting Achievement: Representing England on 6 occasions (February – April 2013)

Biography: Ellie is a 1st year Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy student who got into football at the age of 6 and is proud to have received her international cap in front of her family after representing England on 6 different occasions in 2013.  After overcoming a football career threatening injury, Ellie aspires to encourage younger girls to get into the sport and wants to raise the profile of women’s football.


Gymnastic scholars

Joseph Fox

‌Sport: Gymnastics

Level: GB International / Trinidad and Tobago International

Club: City of Manchester Gymnastics Club

Course: BSc (Hons) Human Biology

Greatest sporting achievements: 

Becoming the English U15s pommel champion and ranking first for Trinidad and Tobago

Biography: Joseph got involved with his sport at a very young age and has since had the opportunity to represent both GB and Trinidad and Tobago in a variety of international competitions, including the World Cup in Croatia and the World Championships. His ambition is to become the first ever Trinidad and Tobago gymnast to go to an Olympics.

Handball scholars


Laura Black

Course: MSc Physiotheraphy (Pre-Reg)

Sport: Handball

Position: Playmaker/Centre

Club: Peninsula Women

Coach: Christopher McDermott

Level: Great Britain Women's Handball Team

Greatest Sporting Achievements: Played for GB Women's National Team against the Faroe Islands National Team (2015). Completed Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence for Handball (ASSE).

Biography: Laura was 10 years old when she experienced her first handball session at Bidston Tennis Centre on the Wirral.  Laura has now played for 12 years and loves the sport due to its fast and exciting nature.  She has met some of her bestest friends through playing handball and can't wait to become a physiotherapist in the future.

Hockey scholars

Aine Curran


Level: Ireland U21

Club: Brooklands

Course: BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Greatest sporting achievement 

Irish U21 Gold Medal at Europeans

Biography: Having started played hockey in secondary school back home in Kilkenny, Aine quickly progressed from the regional to the national ranks. Regionally competing with the Ulster Elks, Aine helped the team win a Senior Cup Gold and was also selected to represent the Irish Universities team from 2010 onwards.  Full Internationals soon followed with the U21 side.  Aine is also a Grade B (in RIMA) in the flute!

Rebecca Condie

‌Sport: Hockey

Level: Scotland Seniors

Club: University of Birmingham

Course: MSc Clinical Science (Cardiac)

Greatest sporting achievements: 

Competing as part of the Scotland Senior Outdoor squad and captaining the University of Birmingham hockey club, competing in the Investec EHL National Premier Division.

Biography: Rebecca switched from playing football to hockey during high school, a desicision that, in hindsight, was quite a good one!  Rebecca has competed with Scotland since 2006, progressing from the U18s squad to the senior squad.  Rebecca continues to compete with the University of Birmingham Hockey club, captaining the club within the Investec EHL National Premier Division competition. In 2011, Rebecca was awarded a full sport scholarship to attend Old Dominion University, competing within their field hockey team, which were the number one team nationally and CAA Champions. Outside of sport, Rebecca was awarded the Graduate Award for Academic Excellence in Exercise Science and Wellbeing at Old Dominion University, USA.

Lacrosse scholars

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Will Baxter

Position: Goalkeeper

Course: Human Geography

Bio: Will is a goalkeeper for Poynton who has represented England seniors at the 2016 European championships in Budapest where he won player of the tournament. William has also won North England Men’s Lacrosse Association player of the year 2015/2016 and Flags winners Manchester 2016. William is considering doing a Master’s degree in America where he can play lacrosse. In sport he is hoping to be a member of the 2018 England world games team. 

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Georgie Waterman

Position: Straight attack

Course: Physiotherapy

Bio: Georgie, a first year physiotherapy student, has played for England under 19s since she was 15 and has recently captained the side. Georgie became interested in physiotherapy when she became interested in her own rehab for an ACL injury. Georgie hopes to make it to a World Cup and to become a professional physiotherapist.


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Oliver Curtis



Martial Arts Scholars

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Amber Sawford‌

Sport: Karate

Discipline: Kata

Level: England National

Club: Koshido Ryu Sandbach

Course: BA (Hons) Business Management

Coach: Sensei John Scott

Greatest sporting achievements:

2nd at the Belgium WUKF European Championships (2015)


Amber Sawford is a 3rd year Business Management student and competes in kata, representing the Shukokai Karate Union. Amber has been a scholar for the three years she has been at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her highest achievement is 4th at the WUKF World Karate Championships in 2016. Amber's mum got her into karate aged eight as her Mum thought it’d be a good way for her to learn to defend herself.

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Sport: Karate

Level: GB International

Club: Sale Dojo, Yanagi Kai

Course: Fashion Design and Technology

Biography: After taking up karate at primary school, Kelly had competed with the England Team Kata at a number of international competitions including the Junior World Karate Championships in Malaysia and the Junior European Karate Championships in Azerbaijan. Kelly has 8 championship titles including the most recent BUCS individual kata. Kelly’s aspirations for the near future include getting selected for the Senior European Karate Championships in May 2017 and to travel to see as much of the world as possible.

  Catherine Pearson

Sport: Tae Kwon Do

Discipline: Fighter

Level: England International

Club: Pensby Tae Kwon Do

Course: BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

Coach: Brian Anderton

Greatest sporting achievements: Individual World Bronze Medallist 2013 (Senior) and Team World Champion 2010 (Junior)

Biography: Catherine Pearson is a five-time World Medallist in Taekwondo. The 3rd year Sport & Exercise Science student has competed in four World Championships, winning three golds. Catherine claimed she was rubbish when she started but is now a World Champion, showing hard work pays off!

‌Tyler McKenna

‌Sport: Karate

Level: England International

Club: Urmston SSK

Course: Biomedical Science

Biography: Martial Arts cartoons and a very supportive grandfather were what spurred Tyler on to pursue Karate.  Through the training and support of his home club in Urmston he has risen to compete in the WUKF European Championships in 2013, as well as the AMA International Championships in 2014 and 2015, becoming 2014 British Open Champion along the way. Tyler has also studied to become the youngest World qualified referee in the sport.  Charity work is also important to Tyler having volunteered to help the elderly in Lourdes, France for the past three years.


Netball scholars


‌‌‌Chloe Shepherd

Sport: Netball

Position: Goal shooter, Goal Attack

Level: National

Club: Manchester Thunder U19 NPL

Course: BA (Hons) Business Management

Greatest sporting achievement: Winning the U16 National Championships.

Biography: Chloe has been involved with netball since the age of seven and currently trains with Oldham netball club and plays for Manchester Thunder's under 21 team. She's been able to compete in the National Championships on several occassions and her ambition is to represent England. 

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Ebbie Chappell

Sport: Netball/Athletics

Position: Centre, Wing Attack

Club: Oldham Netball Club

Coach: Suzy Chapman

Greatest Sporting Achievement: Represented Great British Colleges

Biography: Ebbie Danson-Chappell, a first year Accounting and Finance student, competes in both athletics and netball. Ebbie represents Greater Manchester at the English Schools Championships and Sale Harriers at the English Championships in pole vault. She has also represented the Great British Colleges for Netball and was crowned Player of the Year. Ebbie’s ambitions include representing her country at the Commonwealth Games.

Fran Duffy

Sport: Netball

Position: Goal Attack, Wing Attack, Centre

Club: Hallam Netball Club and Loughborough Lightning NPL

Course: Law LLB (Hons)

Greatest sporting achievements Playing for Loughborough Lightning NTL for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons

Biography: Fran regularly competes for her local club, Hallam Netball, and, for the last three seasons, has competed as part of the Loughborough Lightning NTL.  As a qualified NetballEds coach, alongside playing Fran also coaches sessions for young children and has also coached two Back to Netball teams that have both been promoted into leagues in Sheffield. Keep up-to-date with Fran on Twitter!

Gabriella Marshall

Sport: Netball

Position: Centre/Wing Defence

Level: England U21

Club: Manchester Thunder

Course: BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Greatest sporting achievements:

Captaining England U21s at Netball Europe (2015), touring Canberra with England U21s and playing Australia and New Zealand's U21s.

Biography: Inspired by her older sister's interest in the sport, Gabby has gone on to compete with and captain England U19s and U21s at the European Championships in 2014 and 2015.  The 2014 Championships saw Gabriella captain her team to victory and earn player of the tournament. Gabby also competes with Netball Superleague squad, Manchester Thunder, and our netball club. Her future ambitions are to be selected for the England U21 squad for the World Youth Championships in 2017.

‌Rachel Towell

‌Sport: Netball

Position: Wing attack

Club: Blackpool Netball Club

Course: BA (Hons) Geography

Coach: Gill Walker

Greatest sporting achievements: Named NPL Champions in 2011/12 and 2012/13.

Biography: Rachel competes as part of the National Performance League for Manchester Thunder and as part of the North West Regional Performance Academy.

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Rounders scholars

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Jordi Matthews

Sport: Rounders and cricket

Level: England under 19s

Course: BA Public Services

Bio: Jordi Matthews is the captain of the England under 19 rounders team. This year alone Jordi has won 'man of the match' against Wales and toured Dubai with her home team U19 squad. Jordi hopes to play for the England Senior team and also, after choosing to complete a Public Services degree at Manchester Met, aspires to become a firefighter.


Rugby League Scholars


  Dom Bryan
Course: BA Law
Bio: Dom, a third year law student, captained Manchester Met Rugby League to an undefeated title-winning season in 2015/16. Dom has also represented the North of England students, for the Great Britain Pioneers on a tour to Bosnia in 2015 and played semi-professionally for Hemel Stags in Kingstone press championship league 1. Dom started playing rugby league aged 5 because he had too much energy for his Mum to handle!
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Rugby Union scholars

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Amy Clarke

Discipline: Tighthead Prop

Level: U18 Divisional Team – North of England

Club: Eccles Women RUFC

Course: Medicinal and Biological Chemistry

Coach: Mark Greenhalgh

Greatest Sporting Achievement: Being awarded the Inspirational Player Award by Manchester RUFC

Biography: 1st year Medicinal and Biological Chemistry student, Amy, first got into rugby after not fitting into other sports at school.  Her high school teacher then introduced her to Manchester RUFC – where the journey started!  It took a while for Amy to get used to being tackled, but remembers watching her dad play during her younger years.  Amy is also hugely influenced by international rugby star Maggie Alphonsi, and of course, her very own mum who has made this rugby journey possible.

 ‌ Caoimhe Morris

Discipline: Utility Back

Level: Senior County Ladies Team 2015/16

Club: Enniskillen RFC/Firwood Waterloo FC

Course: BSc Physiotherapy

Coach: Steph Veal

Greatest Sporting Achievement: Runner up Senior County Championship 2015/16

Biography: After trying out the sport at her local rugby club, Caoimhe was hooked and hasn’t looked back in 10 years of playing rugby!  The 3rd year BSc Physiotherapy student chose her course after having knee surgery at the age of 19 and experiencing physiotherapy for herself.  Caoimhe wants to make a difference to other’s qualities of life after her personal experience and being able to make a comeback to sport.

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Connor Wilkinson

Discipline: Centre/Stand Off

Level: England Counties U20

Club: Fylde

Course: Physiology

Coach: Paul Arnold

Greatest Sporting Achievement: Touring Russia and receiving England U20s Cap

Biography: Connor Wilkinson is a 1st year Physiology student from Preston.  He first got into rugby when he visited a local rugby club with his dad and loved the sport!  Connor’s highest sporting achievement is touring Russia and receiving his England U20s cap.

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Harrison Brown-Raw

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Jack Beevers

Paolo Odogwu

Club: Sale Sharks 

Born in 1997, Paolo is a professional rugby union player who currently plays for English club Sale Sharks. Paolo plays predominantly on the wing. Paolo played at Leicester Tigers during his academy years, scoring a memorable try in Marcos Ayerza's testimonial match at Welford Road, beating three players from the half way line to score in the corner. He was released by Leicester in the summer of 2016 and signed for Sale. He rose to fame after his performances for Sale in the Aviva Premiership Singha 7s tournament, scoring 8 tries in the group stage, breaking the record of 7 set by Christian Wade the previous year. This earnt him the man of the round award. He made his senior debut for Sale in the second round of the Aviva Premiership season against Harlequins, impressing onlookers with footwork, pace and power. His first try for the club came against former club Leicester in round 5.




Snowsport scholars


Corey Copeland

Sport: Snowboard

Discipline: Freestyle

Level: England National
Course: BA (Hons) Event Management
Greatest sporting achievements: First at the English Indoor Slopestyle Championships
Biography: After being introduced to snowboarding by a couple of friends, Corey went on to work back-to-back seasons at a variety of ski resorts to build up his experience on the slopes in his spare time.  Since then, Corey has gone on to compete and win a number of national and international competitions, including the English Indoor Slopestyle Championships where he came first in his category.

Swimming scholars

Tully Kearney

‌Sport: Para Swimming

Level: GB International

Club: National Performance Centre

Course: BSc (Hons) Physiology

Greatest sporting achievements:  Winning four gold medals and setting three European records at the 2015 IPC World Championships

Biography: Tully began swimming at the age of nine and decided to take up swimming competitively after being inspired when Ellie Simmonds displayed her Paralympic medals at a school assembly.  Classified as an S10 and SB9 swimmer, at the age of 14 she was competing nationally in youth competitions. In 2015, Tully was selected to represent Great Britain at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow.  She took home six medals in total, with golds in the medley relay, 100m butterfly (S9), 200m individual medley (SM9) and 400m freestyle (S9). Tully's overwhelming success has been recognised across the board,recieving nominations in 2015 for the BT Sport Action Woman of the Year award, Para Swimmer of the Year Award at the British Swimming awards, Sunday Times Sky Sports Personality of the Year award and, most recently, shortlisted as a contender for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award.

To keep up to date with Tully's success, follow @TullyKearney on Twitter.

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Chloe Golding

Sport: Swimming

Level: Team England

Club: City of Manchester Aquatics Swimming Team

Course: Sports Science and Physiology

Biography: Chloe Golding, 1st year Sports Science and Physiology student, competes in the 100m and 200m backstroke for City of Manchester and Team England. Chloe has competed for team GB at the European Juniors in 2014 and is part of the Team England Target Tokyo 2020 team. The two time West Midland record holder took up swimming after she claims she was useless at anything on land and secured a silver at the BUCS short course championships.

Keep up with Chloe on twitter @chloeeegold

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Cameron Frame

Sport: Swimming

Discipline: 50m/100m Butterfly

Level: Scottish National

Club: Kingston Royals

Course: Architecture

Coach: Damien Bryan

Greatest Sporting Achievement: Scottish National Finalist 2015

Biography: Cameron’s swimming journey started out with him learning to swim for safety, which inspired him to swim for his local club.  Over the last 11 years Cameron has been competing for Kingston Royals and moving up through the club, whilst also achieving personal bests of 27.13s in 50m butterfly, and 59.76s in 100m butterfly.  Cameron aspires to compete at international level and would love to travel the world in the future.

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Waterpolo scholars


Daniel Paddon

Level: Great Britain 

Club: City of Manchester

Course: BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

Greatest sporting achievement:

Winning his first international competition, beating Malta, South Africa and a Dutch representative side.

Biography: Beginning as a competitive swimmer, Daniel first took up water polo when his PE teacher invited him to try a taster session at school during National Sport week.  Daniel then went on to represent Chelmsford and Invicta club teams before recently being selected for the English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) team and the GB U19 squad. Daniel has also completed his Duke of Edinburgh Award and helped raise over £8000 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma research. 

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Jordan Elliot

Level: Great Britain

Club: Solihull

Course: Sport Management

Bio: Jordan, from Leicester, is currently studying Sport Management with a Foundation Year. Jordan has achieved 26 under 19 GB appearances with 26 goals at European Championship level. Jordan first turned to Water Polo as he found swimming became boring, so he decided to follow in his sister and his dad’s footsteps. He aspires to play for England at the 2022 Commonwealth Games as well as at the European Championships for Great Britain.

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Joel Leighton
Level: Great Britain
Club: City of Manchester
Bio: Joel Leighton is a sociology student and has played water polo for GB in the European Championships, has represented the City of Sheffield in the British WaterPolo League, has won silver in the ASA Championship. Joel began playing at the age of 8 following in the footsteps of his parents who are both avid water polo players. Joel’s future ambitions include going back to Croatia where he played waterpolo for six months.
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Izzy Howe



Weightlifting scholars

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Amy Salt

Sport: Olympic Weightlifting

Club: NW1

Course: Inclusive Education and Disability Studies

Bio: Amy Salt competes in the Olympic Weightlifting Women’s senior 63kg category and has competed internationally for Wales. The 2nd year Inclusive Education and Disability Studies student won Gold at the British University Championships and aspires to compete at the Commonwealth Games. 






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Meet Ellie Richardson

Ellie Richardson holds records in the 500m TT and team sprint disciplines. As well as being a MSc Advanced MSK Physiotherapy student, she has represented her home country, Scotland, in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and represents Great Britain in 2016.