Student flying the flag for GB

A Leeds Beckett University student will represent Great Britain at the World University Games with the help of graduates from across the years.

Daniel Gardiner, a long-jumper, will join more than 10,000 participants from more than 150 countries at the Summer Universiade in Taipei.

The World University Games, or Universiade, is the largest multi-sport event after the Olympics.

Daniel, who is studying an MA in Sport Business in the Carnegie School of Sport, has been awarded the first Carnegie School of Sport Scholarship. The opportunity has been made possible by Leeds Beckett alumni who attended the inaugural Carnegie School of Sport reunion lunch earlier this year and offered their support to the new scholarship fund to help current students.

Daniel said: “Without this support, I would have had to fund part of the trip myself, which would mean working more hours and neglecting my training. It has allowed me to dedicate 100 per cent of my focus and time into doing the best I can. I would like to say thank you for the generous support they have given.”

Vic Ambler, who studied Physical Education in 1957, has supported the scholarship.

He said: “I am really pleased that Daniel has been selected for the World University Games and that we have been able to help him. My involvement as coach of World University Games basketball between 1973 (Russia) and 1995 (Japan) was the highlight of my career. Daniel will gain so much at the competition and he has a sensible approach to the balance of education and sport, he will represent Carnegie with pride and achievement.”

The Summer Universiade runs from August 19 to August 30.