Welcome to the 2018/19 intake of Sports Scholars!

Every year UBSport Scholarships is thrilled to welcome a number of a new and returning student-athletes from a wide range of sports to the scholarship programme, and this year is no different! From Athletics and Fencing to Judo and Netball, we’ve taken a look at our hot list of incoming sport scholars, including those that who have transitioned from our Talent ID scheme on to a full scholarship, with a special shout out to the returning scholars that they will be joining!

American Football

Edward Onamade, first-year Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Sciences student, is the youngest member of the GB Lions Senior Squad and was recently selected to represent Great Britain at the European Championships in Finland. Eddie will be the sole representative for American Football on the UBSport scholarship programme for the 2018-19 academic year!

Athletics and Cross-Country

We are really excited to welcome an influx of outstandingly talented track, field and cross-country athletes this year, three of whom were selected to represent Great Britain at the World U20 Championships last month in Finland. Biomedical Science first-year Isabelle Boffey (current UK U20 number 2 in 800m), Biomedical Material Science first-year Amelia Quirk (nationally ranked 1st and 2nd in the 3000m and 1500m respectively) and incoming Mathematics student Francesca Brint (UK U20 number 4 in both 800m/1500m) are joined on the scholarship programme by second-year student Niamh Brown. Niamh has been moved up from Talent ID to full scholarship following a very busy year of representing Great Britain at events such as the European Cross Country Championships. These four promising student-athletes will be welcomed on to the programme by current scholars Mari Smith, Victoria Weir, Jake Porter, James Gormley and Sabrina Sinha.


2017-18 Talent ID athlete and Sport and Exercise Sciences student Anna Henderson moves onto a full sport scholarship following an incredible year of progression and results – not only did Anna claim 3 individual BUCS titles in her first year at university, but she was also selected to represent Great Britain at the European Road Championships that took place earlier this month in Glasgow. Anna will be in good company; joining resident cycling scholars Hannah Payton and Molly Patch.


Another student-athlete moving from the Talent ID programme to full scholarship this year is fencer Ben Bates. Ben had an extremely successful year to finish his junior career on a high, representing Great Britain at both the European and World Junior Championships and, most recently, being instrumental to Team England claiming Gold at the Junior Commonwealth Championships. Ben is no stranger to the life of a student-athlete, balancing all of this with a full-time Medicine degree!


Sport and Exercise Sciences first-year Aled Greville will be the sole representative for Golf on the sport scholarship programme this year, having recently competed and represented Wales at the European Boys’ Team Championships in Czech Republic.


The fourth and final 2017-18 Talent ID athlete to be moved up to a full scholarship for the new academic year is Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Sciences student Jolyon Morgan. Jolyon gained his first senior cap at the European Indoor Championships last year and deservedly joins Eddie Way and Wales Senior Men’s team mate Hywel Jones on the programme.


One talented Judoker will join the sport scholarship ranks this year; Geology and Physical Geography first-year and Commonwealth Youth Games Gold Medallist Holly Bentham will be welcomed onto the programme by current scholar Lucy Day – a duo not to be messed with!


Having already picked up a huge number of international representations over the past year – not to mention BUCS Gold in 2018 – PhD student Mairi Kerin has been selected to represent Ireland at the Senior WKF (World Karate Federation) World Championships in Madrid later this year, and will be the sole representative for Karate on the UBSport Scholarship programme for 2018-19.


Enrolling in Biomedical Science, first-year netballer Ellie Rattu will join the likes of Francesca Williams, Ashleigh Dekker and Hannah Leighton on the scholarship programme following her selections to represent England U17 at Netball Europe last year, and England U19 on this year’s tour to Australia.


Incoming Geography and Urban & Regional Planning first year student and England U18 representative Joe Tunney will join long-time sport scholar Rich Galloway on the university’s rugby squad this year, whilst also continuing to represent the Wasps Senior Academy.


Two incoming Sport and Exercise Sciences students have been awarded sport scholarships for this year; Eleanor Morris (British Top-24 for 19yrs+ in the Individual Medley/Back/Breast stroke) and Isobel Griffiths, who represented Great Britain at the European Junior Championships back in 2016 and became the National 800m Champion in 2017, will join Jessica Shaw on the programme.

And if that wasn’t enough, we are also delighted to be welcoming back to the programme:

Archery – Eleanor Piper and Rebekah Tipping

Badminton – Nikki Gresty and Samodani Wijetunge

Boxing – Miriam Zouhou

Women’s Rugby – Laura Keates

Sailing – Giles Kuzyk

Squash – Jan Van Den Herrewegen and Stuart MacGregor

What a list! We can’t wait to get to work and see how all of our sport scholars get on throughout the year!

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