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Athletics

Toni Buckingham

Toni Buckingham

Sport: Athletics

Discipline: Shot Put

Course: Fashion Design and Technology in Sportswear

Biography: Toni is a second year student who is currently ranked 5th in the UK (U20’s) and 16th in the UK (U23’s) for the shot put. Toni started athletics at the age of 7 after her mother, an athletics coach, introduced her to the sport. This has led to her gaining bronze medals at English Schools, UKSG and AAA National Championships in 2013, as well as silver medals at these events in 2014. She also won a bronze medal at the National Indoor Championships in 2015. In the 2017/2018 season, Toni aspires to throw new personal bests and to make the Indoor World Trails for the first time ever.

Kevin Metzger

Sport: Athletics

Discipline: Triple jump

Course: Exercise and Sport Science

Biography: Kevin is a second year student who specialises in the triple jump. He is currently ranked 26th overall in the UK across all age groups, and 7th for U23’s. Some of his sporting achievements include placing 1st in English Schools 2014, 1st SIAB 2014, 1st in UKSG 2014, Northern Champion 2013-2016, and Senior Northern Outdoor Champion 2017. For the 2017/2018 season, Kevin aims to win a gold medal at the BUCS indoor and outdoor events, as well as beat his PB. He would also like to compete at the British Championships and regain his title as Northern Champion. In the future, Kevin aims to pursue a career in athletics.

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Rheanne Bailey

Sport: Basketball

Course: MSc Physiotherapy

Biography: Rheanne is a second year master’s student who currently plays basketball for the Manchester Mystics in the WBBL. Previously, Rheanne played for Birmingham Force where she was coached by former BBL player Rob Peternostro. She was selected for the Great Britain senior women’s long list in 2016/2017, and some of her achievements in her sport include winning the WBBL Cup in 2016/2017. Rheanne hopes to become a qualified Physiotherapist after she completes her course, as well represent her country for basketball in the future.  

 

Jonathon Barnes 

Sport: Basketball

Course: Marketing (Communications) 

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Loick Pouale

 Loick Pouale

Sport: Basketball

Course: Human Resource Management

Biography: Loick is a second year student who currently plays for the Lancashire Spinners in EBL 1. Loick also received a college basketball scholarship in the United States before joining MMU Sport in 2016. In the future, Loick would like to travel the world, and he aims to play basketball professionally in another country after he completes his degree. Loick would also like to give back to the community through basketball in the future. 

Grace Simmons

Grace Simmons

Sport: Basketball

Course: International Fashion and Promotion

Biography: Grace is a second year student from Spain who currently plays for the Manchester Mystics in the WBBL. Grace has been playing basketball from a young age, and had heavy influence from her father and older sister who both played basketball competitively. Some of her achievements in basketball include winning the WBBL Cup with the Mystics in 2017. Grace aims to help MMU progress through BUCS competition, as well as continue to progress as a player with the both Mystics and MMU. 

 

Roosevelt Davis 

Sport: Basketball

Course: Sports Management 

 

 

Boxing

Nathan Cumminsky

Nathan Cummiskey

Sport: Boxing

Course: Business

Biography: Nathan is a first year student who competes in the Light Welter Weight Division. Nathan began boxing at 14, when his dad took him to a boxing gym and he fell in love with the sport. A hard-working and dedicated athlete, Nathan is currently an amateur boxer with a record of 15 fights and 10 wins, and has represented the North East of England. He is also a member of the MMU Sports Committee and aims to raise the profile of his sport within the university. His future aspirations include turning professional and winning the Lord Lonsdale British Title. He also aspires to potentially one day have his own boxing gym. For the current year, Nathan aims to win the 64kg ABA North West Championship belt for MMU. 

Michael Mulvey

Michael Mulvey

Sport: Boxing

Course: Business/Sport

Biography: Michael is a second year student who competes with Timperley Boxing Club as a light flyweight boxer. Originally an up and coming footballer for Oldham Athletic, Michael started boxing to improve his fitness for football. However, he uncovered his talents for boxing and his passion for the sport grew from there. Some of his achievements so far include Senior England Boxing Northern Area Title (2017), Senior Elite National Championships quarter finalist (2017) and North West Champion (2017). He aims to continue to improve as an athlete and as a student, and have many more successes in 2018.

Aqib Fiaz

Sport: Boxing

Course: Sport, Physical Activity and Health

Cycling

 

Georgia  Hilleard 

Sport: Cycling 

Course: Exercise and Sport Science 

          

 

 

 

 

Football

Marcus Burgess  

Sport: Football

Course: Sports Marketing and Management

Biography: Marcus is a goalkeeper for Salford City football club. In 2013/14, Marcus has capped 10 times for England Colleges FA U19’s team, including two international tournaments in Italy. In 2014/15 he spent one year at Everton FC and made three bench appearances for the U21’s Squad. Last season, he represented England Universities Squad in the Home Nation Tournament. Currently, Marcus has joined Prescot Cables from Salford City and aims to aid the club in gaining promotion this season. For MMU, he hopes to help the first team gain promotion and have a successful run in the national and league cup.

Natasha Fenton

Sport: Football

Course: BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Biography: Natasha is a first year midfielder who plays for Blackburn Rovers Ladies. Natasha started playing at age 6 after following her sister to all her games. She brings a high level of experience to the MMU women’s team, from playing in the Premier League and at an international level. Some of her achievements include being selected for U17 England Training Camps, ESFA England International and winning the Women’s Premier League Northern in 2016/2017. Natasha is a hard-working, dedicated athlete. This season she aims to be selected for England training camps once more, as well as play a pivotal part in helping Blackburn Rovers get to the Premiership Playoffs, and ultimately, promotion to the WSL. She also aims to help MMU on and off the pitch, and to be considered by BUCS for international selection. 

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Maxwell Margetson 

Sport: Hockey

Course: Business Management 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Getty  

Sport: Hockey

Course: Physiotherapy 

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Lacrosse

Will Baxter

Sport: Lacrosse

Course: Human Geography

Biography: 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, and aims to be a member of the 2018 England World Games team. His goals for the 2017/2018 MMU season are to stay in the 1A League and to win the BUCS Cup.  He also aims to be a member of the 23 man England squad competing in Israel in 2018 and also to win a medal.

Joe Chorlton 

Sport: Lacrosse 

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Netball

 

 

Amy Clinton

Sport: Netball

Course: Accounting and Finance

Biography: Amy is a goal attack/goal shooter who plays for Manchester Thunder Netball Club, and is a first year student at the university. Amy originally started playing netball at primary school in year 4. Two years later, she attended a Thunder camp, and ended up joining her local club Oldham, where she began to develop as a player. Some of her recent sporting achievements include achieving 2nd place in Vitality Netball Superleague 2016, 1st place in National Premier League 2017, and 3rd place at the Netball World Youth Cup in 2017. Her future ambitions in netball are to win the Vitality Superleague, and to gain an England Senior Cap. With regards to the MMU Netball team, she aims to help them win the league and cup, and get promoted.

 

Fran Duffy

Sport: Netball

Course: Legal Practice Course (Masters)

Biography: Fran is a Republic of Ireland International with 16 caps for her country. She is currently in the Republic of Ireland senior squad and competes with Hallam Netball Club. Fran started playing netball after heavy influence from her parents, especially her mother, who she would watch play from a very young age. Fran has been selected to play for the Republic of Ireland at an international competition in Singapore this year, and hopes to be selected for the Asia Cup in Hong Kong in 2018. As well as this, she hopes to be successful in her studies. Fran is a Law Practices student, with future ambitions to become a sports solicitor.

Makisa Gilkes 

Makisa Gilkes

Sport: Netball

Course: LLB 

Biography: Makisa plays netball for Manchester Thunder U21’s in NPL1 and is currently ranked 3rd in the Mizuno Premier 1 league. Makisa comes from a sporting family, and her mother coached netball. For the upcoming year, Makisa hopes to have success with Manchester Thunder U21’s as well as join Tameside Netball Club in the Premier 1 League, and help them succeed in the division. In terms of the future, she hopes to play internationally for her country and to play in the ANZ Championship in Australia and New Zealand. As a law student, she one day aims to become a sports agent and professional lawyer in the sports arena, working with elite high level athletes.

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Paige Kindred

Sport: Netball

Course: Primary Education

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Rachel Towell 

Rachel Towell  

Sport: Netball

Course: International Business Management 

Biography: Rachel is a final year student who plays for Blackpool Netball Club. She also plays with the Loughborough Lightning National Performance League U21 squad. Rachel started playing netball through her mother who played and then went on the coach at Blackpool Netball Club. In her first two years at MMU, Rachel was awarded the Coaches Player Award both years, as well as being selected to the MMU Netball Chair. Her main sporting objectives for the 2017/2018 season are to regain her first team place on the MMU netball team, and to help the first team be successful in 1A. Rachel’s ultimate goal is to be selected for the national programme with England Netball. 

 

Abby Tyrrell

Sport: Netball

Course: Sports Marketing Management

Biography: Abby is a first year student who currently plays for Oldham Netball Club in NPL 1 and is also a training partner for Manchester Thunder in the Netball Superleague. Abby also competes in rowing for Agecroft Rowing Club, and is part of the Great Britain Rowing Start Programme. Abby started playing netball in year 4 at primary school, after being influenced by her mother who also played. With netball, Abby hopes to be selected for the Manchester Thunder NSL team as well as continue her success with National Premier League 1 Champions - Oldham Netball Club. With rowing, she aims to progress with the GB Start Programme. Representing her country and becoming a professional athlete is something Abby has always wanted to achieve. 

 

 

 

Rebekah Airey 

Sport: Netball 

Course: Sport Science and Human Physiology 

 

Rugby League

Connor MacCallum 

Sport: Rugby League

Course: Forensic Biology 

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Rugby Union

Fanni Kiss

Fanni Kiss

Sport: Rugby Union

Course: Sports Management (Foundation)

Biography: Fanni is a first year student who joins the women's rugby team from the country of Hungary, which she represents as an international player. She got involved in rugby from training younger players and refereeing kids tournaments. At MMU, Fanni aspires to become a top athlete and later become a club manager. She aims to help her MMU side reach their full potential and achieve lots of success in the 2017/2018 season. 

Lizzie Gladman

Lizzie Gladman

Sport: Rugby Union

Course: BSc Physiotherapy

Biography: Lizzie is a second year student and captain of the MMU Women’s Rugby team, who currently plays for Thatto Heath Ladies and Waterloo. Lizzie started playing rugby during her first year of high school, and since then has been part of the England Talent Development Squad, England Students Rugby League and Lancashire Rugby League. Lizzie previously attended Sheffield Hallam University where she was part of a successful team for three seasons. So far with MMU, she has helped the team to finish top of the league and win promotion for the 2017/2018 season. In the future,  Lizzie aspires to represent her country and using her physiotherapy degree, would like to work within sporting teams to provide treatment to high performance athletes. 

Hallam Chapman

Hallam Chapman

Sport: Rugby Union

Course: Product Design Engineering

Biography: Hallam is a first year Product Design student who plays rugby for the Sedgley Tigers in National League 2. Hallam has previously represented South West England Lambs (U18) and was also a reserve for the England U18 squad.  His future ambitions include representing his country at a national level, and playing rugby professionally. He also aims to help the MMU Rugby team to be promoted, and looks to contribute significantly to the team. Hallam also aims to represent MMU in the shot put, in which he was previously named 2016 County Champion (U16). 

Calum Owen

Sport: Rugby Union

Course: Physiotherapy

Biography: Calum is a first year student who currently plays full back for Sale FC. Calum has previously represented the North of England U16’s, and was an England 7's trialist. Calum began playing rugby through his school - Lancaster Grammar, a traditional Rugby school that allowed him to be coached and mentored at a high level. Calum hopes to play representative rugby in addition to MMU and believes that being part of the MMU Men’s Rugby program will help him achieve his goals of one day playing professionally in either the Premiership or the Championship. His objectives for the upcoming season are too help the MMU first team gain promotion, and continue playing for Sale Sharks FC. 

Kieran Dunne 

Sport: Rugby Union

Course: Exercise and Sport Science 

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Alex Brooks

Sport: Rugby Union 

Course: Human Physiology 

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Detysha Harper 

Sport: Rugby Union 

Course: Forensic Psychology

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Paul McGookin

Sport: Rugby Union

Course: Sport Management 

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Alicia Calton

Sport: Rugby Union

Course: Sports Management

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Chris Taylor 

Sport: Rugby Union

Course: Biomedical Science 

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Connor James

Sport: Rugby Union 

Course: Pychology 

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Swimming

Chloe Golding

Sport: Swimming

Course: Sports Science and Physiology

Biography: Chloe is a second year student who specialises in the 100m/200m backstroke. Chloe has represented Great Britain and England at the junior international level, and was the 2017 BUCS Nationals Champion for MMU last year in the 1000m backstroke. Chloe began swimming as a child where she realised her potential by progressing faster than the other children in her swimming lessons. Recognising this potential, her parents helped her join a local swimming club and the rest is history. For the 2017/18 season, her aim is to make the England team for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. For the MMU swimming team, she aims to help the team by winning more medals at BUCS, and to make finals in the girls’ relays for the first time in a number of years. In the future, Chloe aims to be selected for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic team and make finals in the 100m/200m backstroke.

Tully Kearney

Tully Kearney

Sport: Para Swimming

Course: Physiology (Physical Activity and Health)

Biography: Tully is a second year student and para-athlete who competes with City of Manchester Aquatics. She is currently ranked 2nd in the IPC World Swimming Rankings for the S7 400m freestyle, and 5th for the S7 100m in backstroke. Some of her other achievements include being a multi British record holder and 4x European Record holder, as well as a multi British Champion/British Championship medallist. Her objectives for the forthcoming season are to qualifying for the European Swimming Championships in Dublin, and win a medal in either the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 400m freestyle or 100m backstroke. For her university, she aims to win medals at BUCS competitions. Beyond this, Tully aims to qualify and compete in Tokyo 2020.

 

 

Katie Matts

Sport: Swimming 

Course: Exercise and Sport Science 

 

Emma Day 

Sport: Swimming

Course: Business Management 

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Lewis White 

Sport: Swimming

Course: Criminology

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Waterpolo

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Dan Paddon

Sport: Waterpolo

Course: Sport and Exercise with Physiology

Biography: Dan is a second year student and senior England and Great Britain team member. Dan is a utility player, who competes with the City of Manchester Water Polo Club. He got involved in water polo at school when a coach from Chelmsford Water Polo Club, saw potential in Dan in a taster session. Last season, Dan captained the MMU Water Polo team to become the undefeated Premier North Champions and then became close runners-up at the Nationals. His aims for the upcoming season are to remain in the GB senior team and train towards qualifying for a senior European Championships, as well as win the BUCS Premier North and the BUCS Nationals.

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Izzy Howe

Sport: Waterpolo

Course: Psychology

Biography: Izzy is a first year student and Great Britain senior women’s squad member who plays club water polo for City of Manchester. She has represented her country at the Junior European Championships in 2013, 2014 and 2016, and played professionally in Italy at Sporting Club Volturno in 2016. Izzy aims to stay at the top of her sport for as long as possible, to remain in the GB senior team for the near future, and to qualify for the 2019 European Championships. Izzy also plans to continue with her coaching of young players within the sport and to complete her degree. With regards to MMU, she hopes to set up a strong Manchester campus team and win the league in order to gain promotion for next season. For the upcoming year, Izzy aims to stay with the England senior women’s squad, and win National League and British Championships with City of Manchester Women. 

Joel Leighton

Sport: Waterpolo

Course: Sociology

Biography: Joel is a second year student and senior England and Great Britain team member. Joel plays centre back position for City of Manchester Water Polo Club, and is also a player on the World University Games team. Joel got involved with his sport through his family, as both his parents played and he also has cousins in GB senior squads. For the upcoming season, Joel aims to continue playing for the GB senior men’s team, and to help MMU win BUCS League and BUCS Finals, as well as place top three in BWPL. In the future, Joel would like to play aboard after he finishes his degree. 

Jordan Elliot

Sport: Waterpolo

Course: Sport Management

Biography: Jordan is a centre/forward who represents the England senior men’s squad. Some of Jordan’s achievements in the sport include winning the EU Nations bronze medal for England, being top scorer for England and Great Britain at various levels, National League winner at various levels, and achieving 25 GB Junior Caps with 26 goals. Jordan got into water polo through his family who are all involved with sport. His future aspirations are to have success with the England senior team, win National League and to win a medal at the EU Nations. With regards to MMU, he aims to help his team win all BUCS competitions. In the future, Jordan also would like to help raise awareness for his sport.

Dylan Green 

Sport: Waterpolo 

Course: Coaching And Development 

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 Honor Grimes

Honor Grimes

Sport: Waterpolo 

Course: Speech And Language 

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Gymnastics

 

‌‌‌Joe Fox 

Sport: Gymnastics 

Course: Human Biology 

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Karate

 

Kelly Horsfall 

Sport: Karate 

Course: Fashion Design and Technology

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 Tyler McKenna

Tyler Mckenna 

Sport: Karate 

Course: Biology 

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Golf

Ryan Nevins 

Sport: Golf

Course:English (Foundation)

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Cycling

Hannah Dines

Hannah Dines

Sport: Para Cycling

Course: MSc Sport and Exercise (Physiology)

 

Kadeena Cox

Sport: Cycling

Course: Physiotherapy 

Handball

 

Josh McDaid 

Sport: Handball

Course: Physiotherapy 

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