University Awards Sports Scholarships and Bursaries
Elite athletes and sports men and women were awarded with a range of Awards at Bangor University recently. The University awards Sports Scholarhsips to individuals who have already shown potential in their chosen sport. Maes Glas Busraries are awarded to high achieving local athletes and students who show potential and who are making a contribution towards the sporting life of the University.
Presenting the Awards, Cheryl Wright, Deputy Director of Estates & Facilities at Bangor University said:
"We're delighted to be able to support promising athletes and sports men and women, both from among the student and local community. We hope that both Awards and Bursaries in the form of free access to training facilities and expertise will assist then in achieving their goals."
Receiving a Sports Scholarship worth £ £2,000 for the first time was Nicol Halliwell of Connah’s Quay. Nicol is a Welsh International netball player. She has represented Wales Under 17s for many years and was made Vice-Captain in her final year in that age group. She was selected for the Wales Under 19 squad earlier this year- and they came second in the European Championships. Her goal is to be a member of the Welsh Netball Senior Team.
Nicol says that winning the Scholarship will: “benefit me greatly- both financially and giving me the facilities I need to keep my training up. I feel very honoured to receive this award.”
Nicol, who has been playing since primary school trains five times a week following cardio, interval and core training and swimming sessions. Eighteen year old Nicol is studying Sport Health and Physical Education and is a former pupil of Ysgol Maes Garmon. She chose to study at Bangor as the University offered the course she wanted to study and was not too far from home.
Olivia Orchart, who has recently returned from competing in the 2010 Commonwealth Championships as part of the Welsh Fencing Team, has been awarded a Sports Scholarship by Bangor University. The Sports Scholarship, of £2,000 will enable Olivia to compete at an international level.
Olivia, who has been fencing competitively since she was 13, came 6th in the Women’s Team Foil Event at the Commonwealth Championships and has previously won a Bronze medal at Junior Commonwealth Women’s Epee team and Silver medal at the JCFC Women’s Foil Team Event. She is a past recipient of the University’s Llew Rees Award.
She said: “It’s amazing to have been awarded this prize. It will assist with training costs and much needed new equipment. I hope to compete abroad this coming year.”
Olivia, who is 21 and comes from Chepstow, is in her fourth year of a Masters degree in Marine Biology. She came here because of the fantastic reputation of the School of Ocean Sciences and as she’d enjoyed her Open Day visit.
Despite having only started rowing last year, Tom Purnell from Cardigan has already been accepted into the GB World Class Starts programme- a development squad for the Under 23 GB Rowing Team.
He has already attended GB sculling rowing camps over the summer and has won the North West Indoor Rowing Championships.
Having been athletic at School, Tom decided to try a different sport at University and took up rowing as he says that the Club at University were serious in their attitude towards their sport and their training.
Tom is studying Product Design. He chose to study at Bangor for a combination of the course, the location and the welcome feel that the University had.
He says “It’s nice to be recognised for the sporting achievement and I will really benefit from the support I will receive.
Tom can now access the University’s sports facilities and coaching free of charge for a year.
The highest Sporting Award at Bangor University, the Llew Rees Memorial Award, presented to the most outstanding sportsman or woman from among the student body was awarded to Postgraduate Sports Science PhD student Vicky Gottwald of Grove, Oxfordshire. She received a cash prize of £750 in order to advance her performance.
National league Basketball player, and Home Nations Games team Vice-captain in 2009/10, Vicky has been involved in Basketball since she was in year 10 at school, though she didn't take up the sport seriously until she came to Bangor University in 2003.
Vicky said: “It’s an honour to receive the award and is already benefitting me. I am having one on one coaching for two hours once a week from a highly regarded local coach, who has coached the Wales team, among others, which is incredible. He says my performance has jumped about nine months ahead in four weeks.”
Publication date: 1 December 2010