City of Leeds diver Sarah Barrows led the Great Britain team in the World University Games opening ceremony in front of a capacity crowd of 20,000 in China.
The Games, the world’s third largest sporting event, are being held in Shenzhen.
Barrows, a sport and exercise student from Leeds Met, said: “I was really excited when I found out. I was a bit nervous in case I tripped up, but it’s good to be selected as a diver because diving is quite a minority sport.
“It’s getting bigger every competition we do, so it’s nice to be recognised. Carrying the flag at the World University Games is quite an honour.”
Barrows has recently returned from the World Swimming Championships in Shanghai with the Great Britain diving team’s top result being fourth in the 10m synchronised diving.
She also competed at the Commonwealth Games in 2006 and 2010 where she finished fourth in the 10m synchronised event in Delhi.
Barrows is part of a strong Leeds Met contingent in Shenzhen. Four of her fellow Met students got off to a losing start in the women’s football, suffering a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Canada.
Elsewhere, Leeds Met artistic gymnast Rebecca Hall progressed through the opening round of qualification, finishing fifth in a packed Shenzhen Bao’an Gymnasium.