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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. 

 

 ‌Emily Bullis

Emily Bullis

Sport: Athletics

Discipline: Steeplechase

Course: Fashion

Biography: Emily is a first year student who has competed in her sport for over 9 years, after she first joined an athletics club in secondary school through the recommendation of a teacher. Some of her sporting achievements include winning the 2000m Steeplechase at the Essex County Championships (2014), placing 2nd for the 1500m in 2017, and also finishing 3rd for the 3000m in 2017. After battling through a foot injury over the last couple of seasons, Toni has dedicated the upcoming season to getting back on track and preparing for 2018. Nationally, Toni is currently ranked 64th for 1500m (U23’s), and 3rd for the 2000m SC (U23’s). In the future, Emily aims to be competing at a higher level in her sport and set new PB’s.

 

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Jess Coulson

Sport: Athletics

Discipline: Cross country running

Course: PhD

Biography: Jess is a PHD Physiology student in her final year of study, and aiming to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. After having some success in the English Schools competitions when she was younger, Jess began running seriously after joining the Stockport Harriers Athletics Club in the Greater Manchester area. Jess was the European XC Champion in 2012 (U23’s), the British Half Marathon Champion in 2015, and the English 10,000m Champion in 2015. Her main aim for the 2017/2018 season is to try to qualify for the Commonwealth Games Marathon in Berlin. In addition, Jess hopes to compete in a variety of track/road and XC races at the highest level she can. Jess would also like to revise all her PB’s from 5k to half-marathon.

 

Ashton Greenwood ‌

Ashton Greenwood

Sport: Athletics

Discipline: Sprints

Course: Philosophy

Biography: Ashton is a first year student who specialises in the 400m. In 2016, she was ranked 12th in the UK for the women’s 400m (U20), and came 2nd in the 400m at the National Indoor Championships. This allowed her to be selected to run for England for the 400m at the Welsh Indoor International, where she placed 1st. Ashton is currently ranked 14th in the UK for the women’s 400m (U20). Ashton started competing in athletics after following her older sister, and now dedicates her athletic endeavours to her sister who stopped competing at age 14 due to illness. Her aims for the 2017/2018 season include gaining a Great Britain Junior Vest, moving up the rankings and lowering some of her PB’s. In the future, she aims to win national medals and be selected for major competitions such as the European U23 Championships.

 ‌Kevin Metzger

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.

 ‌Matt Pagan

Matt Pagan

Sport: Athletics

Course: Mechanical Engineering

Biography: Matt is a second year student who competes in athletics for Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers. Matthew has represented England with the Schools International Athletics Board, and won gold in the National Championships in 2012 and 2014. He first became interested in athletics following a sports day race in school where he won, and was selected for his school’s regional team. He is currently ranked 4th in the UK (U20’s) and 43rd overall for his sport. For the 2017/2018 season, Matt aims to win a medal at BUCS indoor/outdoor events. In the future, he would like to be able to pursue athletics full time, and represent the senior Great Britain team within the next three years in order to compete at the Olympics and World Championships.

 

 ‌Aimee Pratt

Aimee Pratt

Sport: Athletics

Discipline: Steeplechase

Course: Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Biography: Aimee is a first year student who specialises in the steeplechase and competes for the Sale Harriers Athletics club. Aimee started running with the Diane Modahl Sports Foundation in high school, when she was inspired by their level of coaching. Some of her sporting achievements include being named the 2014 Indoor National Champion for 1500m (U17), and the 2016 3000m Steeplechase National Champion (U20). She was ranked 1st in the UK as an U20 in 2016, and is currently ranked 1st nationally for 1500m steeplechase in the UK. Aimee aims to reach new PB’s in the 2017/2018 season as well as qualify for the European U23 Championships.

 

 

 

 

Basketball

 

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.  

Richard Bell

Richard Bell

Sport: Basketball

Course: MSc Management

BiographyRichard is a second year master’s student studying Business Management. Richard currently plays basketball for the Manchester Magic in EBL Division 1 and formerly played for the Manchester Giants in the BBL from 2016-2018. Richard began playing basketball at the age of 10 when his mum took him down to a session at his local leisure centre. He played for the University of Nevada, Reno (NCAA Division 1) in the United States, where he won a Division 1 Conference Championship in his freshman year, as well as Clayton State University (NCAA Division 2) where he graduated in 2016. Richard aims to play at the highest level of professional basketball, and eventually pursue a career in Sports Management. 

 

 

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Stefan Gill

Sport: Basketball

Course: MSc Management

Biography: Stefan is currently studying a masters in Business Management and plays for Manchester Magic in EBL Division 1. Stefan found a passion and purpose for basketball from playing recreationally and having the influence of some good coaches. The former England International has competed in several Slam Dunk Championships in London and Paris and was named Club Player of The Year for Manchester Giants (BBL) in 2014. Stefan’s extensive basketball resume brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the MMU men’s program for the 2017/2018 season. His 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, and to have success with both the Magic and MMU.

 

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. 

 

Dean Wanliss

Sport: Basketball

Course: Sports Management

Biography: Dean is a first year student who currently plays for the Kent Crusaders in EBL 1. A product of the Barking Abbey Basketball Academy in London, Dean formerly played basketball for both the Manchester Giants and Leeds Force in the BBL, and attended Iowa Central Community College in the United States on a basketball scholarship. Dean began playing basketball in his local area at a young age, then attend the Adidas Academy in London where he received his scholarship to the US. Deans future ambitions include wining a BUCS Championship with MMU and playing basketball professionally overseas in the near future.  

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

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.

Reuben Wall

Reuben Wall

Sport: Boxing

Course: Business Management

Biography: Reuben is a first year student who competes with Holyhead and Anglesey Amateur Boxing Club. Reuben began boxing from an early age, where his dad would take him down to his local boxing gyms to train. Competing as a Super-Heavyweight, Reuben was the Welsh Novice 91kg Champion for the 2016/2017 season. His next major milestone and ambition is to win the English Championship in 2018, followed by obtaining the British Championship Title. This would allow him to achieve his ultimate goal of representing Great Britain at a future Olympic Games. In the short term, he aims to have success in all MMU competitions and would like to help raise the university’s boxing profile by fostering strong links and partnerships with local boxing clubs.

 

 

Cycling

Kadeena Cox

Kadeena Cox

Sport: Para Cycling

Course: Physiotherapy

Biography: Kadeena is a second year student and Paralympian. When she initially 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 athletics. 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 Crampton

Jess Crampton

Sport: Track Cycling

Course: Fashion Design and Technology in Sportswear

Biography: Jess is a sprinter and third year student. Jess began cycling at age 12 after being influenced by her brothers who both raced. Last season, Jess set a new BUCS record and PB for herself in the 200m, as well as achieving two personal gold medals and a team sprint gold. Due to this success, she made the decision to enter the British National Championships where she again set a new PB in the 200m and won the gold medal, making her the current British National Champion. Her goals for the 2017/2018 season include competing at different UK events, setting new records for BUCS 200m and 500m, and retaining her title as British National Champion. 

 

Joanna Rowsell-Shand

Sport: Cycling

Course: Physiology

Helen Scott

Helen Scott

Sport: Cycling

Course: Exercise and Sports Science

Biography: Helen is an Exercise and Sport Science student and a Paralympic champion, bringing home gold and bronze medals from Rio 2016. She also raced at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and earned a silver in the 1km Tandem TT, as well as a bronze in the 3km pursuit. Helen’s passion for cycling started as a child after growing up near the Halesowen Athletics and Cycling Club, and after watching the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, became hooked on the sport. Her future goals are to compete in the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018, and then Tokyo in 2020.

Football

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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.

 

Sophie Evans

Sophie Evans

Sport: Football

Course: Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Biography: Sophie is a first year student who currently plays for the Doncaster Belles and plays the full-back position. Sophie got into football after watching her older brother play for their local team and became inspired to join a women’s team. Sophie is a hard-working and passionate athlete who aspires to play professional football one day. In the future, she also hopes she can help elite athletes reach maximum performance through nutritional guidance.  

Natasha Fenton

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. 

Emily Hollinshead

Emily Hollinshead

Sport: Football

Course: Primary Education

Biography: Emily is a third and final year student who has 4 international caps for the Wales senior women's team. Emily started playing football in primary school, and got into the sport after going down to her local leisure centre. After taking some time away from football, Emily recently signed with Fylde Ladies FC and aims to get her side promoted to the Super League after the 2017/2018 season. In the future, Emily wants to become a full time primary school teacher and represent Wales in international football.

 

Gymnastics

 

Joe Fox

Sport: Gymnastics

Course: Human Biology

Biography: Joe is an artistic gymnast who competes with Leeds Gymnastics Club and is currently ranked 1st in the country of Trinidad and Tobago.  Some of his sporting achievements include placing 1st three consecutive times at NDP's, 4th at the English Championships, and being named BUCS Pommel Champion. His future ambition in the sport is to go to the World Championships and receive a world ranking. He then aims to compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, and hopes to put his country back on to the world gymnastics stage.

Hockey

Theresa Crookall

Theresa Crookall

Sport: Hockey

Course: Physiotherapy

Biography: Theresa is a third year student who currently represents North England U21’s Performance Squad for her sport, and has done so since 2014. She began playing hockey after her PE teacher at school inspired her to start playing, and encouraged her to join Brooklands Hockey Club. Theresa’s ultimate goal is to play in the highest hockey league in England, the National Premier League, which is a league higher than the National Conference she currently performs in. For the 2017/2018 year, Theresa aims to maintain her current regional level status, and to help the MMU ladies 1st team to gain promotion for another consecutive year. 

Liam Kennerley

Liam Kennerley

Sport: Hockey

Course: Multimedia Journalism

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Lacrosse Scholars

Will Baxter

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.

Oliver Curtis

Oliver Curtis

Sport: Lacrosse

Course: BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS

Biography: Oliver is an attacker/midfielder who plays for Brooklands Hockey Club. Oliver was selected for the England squad last summer, and had the opportunity to compete in the U19 Lacrosse World Championships in Canada, where he scored against team USA. He has since been asked to train with the England Senior’s Development Squad. For MMU in the 2016/2017 season, he was top goal scorer for the year, helping his team to win the BUCS Lacrosse Cup and achieve promotion to Northern 1A Division. Oliver has also been a TASS athlete for the last 2 years. He aims to continue his success into the 2017/2018 season and get closer to achieving his goals of taking part in the European Championships in 2020 as a member of the England senior squad.

Georgie Waterman

Georgie Waterman

Sport: Lacrosse

Course: Physiotherapy

Biography: Georgie is a second year student who has played for England U19’s since she was 15. Georgie became interested in physiotherapy when she became interested in her own rehab for an ACL injury. She first got involved in lacrosse from the age of 8, and started playing at school when she was 10. Her future ambitions for lacrosse is to make it into the 2019 European Championships, as well as making the 2021 World Cup. She would also like to help grow the game by promoting it to younger generations so that it becomes a bigger sport in England, which she would do by coaching around local schools and clubs.  



Martial Arts

Tyler McKenna

Tyler McKenna

Sport: Karate

Course: Science and Engineering

Biography: Tyler got into martial arts through his grandfather who took him down to his local club to learn 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. His aims for the 2017/2018 year are to improve his world ranking and to win BUCS Nationals in Kumite and also win a medal in Kata. Charity work is also important to Tyler, having volunteered to help the elderly in Lourdes, France for the past three years.

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: Business and Law

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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Chloe Shepherd

Chloe Shepherd

Sport: Netball

Course: Business Management

Biography: Chloe is a final year undergraduate student who plays goal shooter/goal attack for Oldham Netball club. She currently competes with the Manchester Thunder U21 NPL squad and was a National Prem 1 winner in 2017. Some of her other sporting achievements include being a North West Premier winner (2017), NPL U19 Champion (2015 and 2016), and National Clubs Champion (2015). Chloe began playing netball at age 7, after her mother took her to a session at Oldham Sports Centre. Her aims for the current season are to get MMU promoted to the BUCS Premier Division, as well as continue her success with her current club Oldham, who are the returning NPL 1 Champions. She would also like to be selected for the England squad in future events, as well as the long squad for the full Manchester Thunder team.

 

Rachel Towell

Rachel Towell  

Sport: Netball

Course: Human Resource 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 Tyrell

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. 

Rugby League Scholars

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Dom Bryan

Sport: Rugby League

Course: Law (Masters)

Biography: Dom is a first year masters student who plays centre, loose forward and second row for Oldham St. Annes. Dom started playing rugby at age 5, using the sport as a way to channel his energy. Dom competed in the England Universities Student World Cup in 2017, and the North of England Universities in 2016 and 2017. After being relegated last season from BUCS Premier Division, Dom aims this season to rebuild MMU Rugby League and help his team return to the BUCS Premier Division. He also aims to be selected once again for the England Universities side. 

Josh Dean

Josh Dean

Sport: Rugby League

Course: Sport Management

 

Ryan Millar

Sport: Rugby League

Course: Master of Architecture

Biography: Ryan is a first year masters student and semi-professional Rugby League player for Sheffield Eagles. Some of his other achievements in the sport include representing England and Great Britain Community Lions in 2011 (U18). Ryan got into Rugby at age 5 through his mother, who began introducing him to a variety of sports at that age.  Ryan has been playing regularly in the Championship for Sheffield Eagles this season and he aspires to play in the Super League in a full-time environment in the future. Ryan also hopes to have equal success with his MMU side, and continue to develop his passion for architecture.

 

 

Rugby Union Scholars

Jack Beevers

Jack Beevers

Sport: Rugby Union

Course: Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Biography: Jack is a second year student who plays wing/centre for Caldy RUFC in National League 1. Jack has had previous experience with Sale Sharks (U15-U18’s), North England and England Roses (U16’s). For the 2017/2018 year, Jack aspires to represent Cheshire Select Squad again, and in future years, represent an England Select Squad (England Student’s). He also plans to continue playing for Caldy RUFC’s 1st XV in the National 1 league. In terms of supporting the development of rugby at MMU, Jack will bring an essence of professionalism and good deal of experience to the team.

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). 

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. 

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. 

Paul McGookin

Paul McGookin

Sport: Rugby Union

Course: Sports Management (Foundation)

Biography: Paul is a first year student from Northern Ireland who plays front row loose head prop for Ballyclare Rugby Football Club. Paul was also part of the summer training squad with Ulster U19's, a pathway that drives young players forward who wish to succeed in the sport. The program has given Paul the opportunity to play against teams from New Zealand, Georgia, Japan and the provinces of Ireland. His sporting objectives for the incoming season are to represent Ulster again, and to represent MMU whilst playing Rugby Union for a local club. This experience will help him achieve his ultimate goal of being selected for the Ireland U19 camps in 2018. His future ambitions are to play at the international level and coach at an international level. 

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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. 

Alex Pantechis

Alex Pantechis  

Sport: Rugby Union

Course: Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Biography: Alex is a first year student from Gosforth Academy, who has represented them through the Newcastle Falcons AASE scheme. Alex started playing at 6 years-old through his parents who got him involved with a local club where he fell in love with the sport, and has played it consistently ever since. Alex aspires to take his talents to the highest level he possibly can and potentially earn a professional contract with a rugby side. With MMU in the upcoming season, he hopes to help the side have lost of success in BUCS competition. 

Georgia Sutherland

Georgia Sutherland

Sport: Rugby Union

Course: Biology (Foundation)

Biography: Georgia is a first year student and plays back/centre for Leigh Miners Rangers. Georgia has previously represented the England students 7’s squad (Rugby Union) and is currently in the women’s England squad. With the women’s England squad, she represented her country in a test match vs France Women in 2016, and did so as a 19 year-old. Georgia looks forward to MMU Sport helping her achieve her goals in strength and conditioning and to aid her performance with the MMU women’s team. 

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Connor Wilkinson

Sport: Rugby Union

Course: Physiology

Biography: Conor is a second year student and MMU Men’s 1st Team captain, who plays inside centre, outside centre, and fly half for Fylde Rugby Club 1st Team. Some of Connors previous experience includes playing for the Sale Sharks Academy, England Students and England Counties U20’s. Connor started playing rugby through his dad, who introduced him to the sport when he was very young, and his interest grew from there. His future ambitions in the sport include playing professional Rugby Union and to hopefully go on to play for the England senior squad. For the upcoming year, he aims to continue to play consistently in the Fylde 1st team at National 1 level, and to be picked again for the England students team.

 

Swimming

Chloe Golding

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.

 

Mike Jones

Sport: Para Swimming

Course: Combined Honours - Business Enterprise/Marketing

Biography: Mike is a first year student at MMU and paralympic champion who won gold for Great Britain in the 400m freestyle, an event in which he is currently ranked 1st in the world. Some of his other achievements in his sport include being selected for the World Championships in Mexico for September 2017. Mike Initially got into swimming because it helped with his disability, and was inspired by watching the performances of the paralympic athletes in 2012. For MMU, Mike is excited about the opportunity compete at BUCS and win medals for the university. Looking ahead to the future and the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020, he aims to defend his title in the 400m freestyle and add another gold to in the 200m. He would also like the opportunity to compete at the Commonwealth Games in 2018. 

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.

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Waterpolo

Rachel Drabble

Rachel Drabble

Sport: Waterpolo

Course: PGCE Primary

Biography: Rachel is a first year student at MMU having previously studied and graduated from the University of Salford. Rachel plays winger for Liverpool Water Polo Club and brings a great deal of experience to the MMU program having played for Great Britain from the ages of 14-23, where she was previously the junior Great Britain captain. Rachel has also been a British League Champion, National Champion, and played in the Spanish league for a team in Madrid. She also previously a 1st team reserve for the London 2012 Olympics. This year, she aims to help the MMU water polo team in furthering their position within the university league, and to inspire other amateur’s players to start playing British water polo to keep the grass roots flowing, and ensure the future is bright for the sport.

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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.

Honor Grimes

Honor Grimes

Sport: Waterpolo

Course: Speech and Language Therapy

Biography: Honor is a first year student who competes with the City of Manchester Water Polo Club. Honor began swimming at a young age, but began looking for a sport that combined her love for the water, excitement, and challenge. Some of her achievements in her sport include representing Great Britain at the junior international level and being top scorer at the FINA World Junior Water Polo Championships in Greece 2015, wining Gold in the Common Wealth Championships in 2014, playing three years playing abroad in the Spanish Division 1 League, and being named ASA Performance Athlete Of The Year 2015.  For this year, she aims to help the MMU team to progress and succeed in the league, along with her own club team. Her future aspirations include representing her country at the Olympics and staying involved in the sport for as long as possible. She also aspires to one day have a career in speech and language therapy.  

Isobel Howe

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. 

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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. 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ambassadors

Cycling

Hannah Dines

Hannah Dines

Sport: Para Cycling

Course: MSc Sport and Exercise (Physiology)

 

Jess Varnish

Sport: Cycling

Course: Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Handball

 

Laura Black

Sport: Handball

Course: MSC Pre registration Physiotherapy

Hockey

 

Rebecca Condie

Sport: Hockey

Course: MSc Clinical Science (Cardiac Science)

Weightlifting

Amy Salt

Amy Salt

Sport: Weightlifting

Course: Inclusive Education and Disability Studies

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