Category Archives: Graduates

Developing A Fitness Mentor Scheme for Lincolnshire Police

The School has partnered with Lincolnshire Police to develop an innovative project that will support the wellbeing of their staff through the introduction of fitness mentors. Dr Hannah Henderson, Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Health, has been instrumental in the development of the scheme and will be providing ongoing support. She said, “It is fantastic to see Lincolnshire Police putting the wellbeing of their staff at the forefront of their thinking. The physical and mental health of a work force is so important and the introduction of the fitness mentors demonstrates the commitment Lincolnshire Police are making to improve the wellbeing of their staff.”

“It has been an exciting opportunity to develop further partnerships between the University and the Police and by using researchers like myself, we can help to create real impact.”

Support for the mentors is also being provided by YMCA Lincolnshire and their Head of Teaching, Trevor Mealing, who graduated from the School’s BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science programme. The YMCA will be delivering a Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training course for the mentors. Trevor said, “It’s an honour to work with an organisation taking such a proactive stance in not just the physical, but also the mental wellbeing of staff. It will be hugely rewarding to see the impact within the Force and within the community.”

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Hannah (extreme right) and Trevor (fifth from right) at the scheme’s launch.

Congratulations to Hannah and Trevor, and we look forward to hearing how the scheme progresses. Full details can be found on the Lincolnshire Police website.

Graduate Spotlight: Dennis Newton (Sweetwater Coaching)

Congratulations to Dennis Newton who has received a British Canoeing Regional Volunteer & Recognition Award and been nominated for the National Award for his work in the UK with the Athlete Support Programme (ASP) and the GB freestyle team, alongside other projects for recreational paddling. These honours are just the latest recognition of Dennis’ passionate commitment to promoting freestyle kayaking and paddlesport in general.

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Freestyle kayaking – this is intentional! (Photo: Dennis Newton)

Dennis graduated from the BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science, where he was always searching for ways to apply new knowledge to his coaching of freestyle kayaking. In doing so, he taught everyone a lot about the sport: when he talked about “doing somersaults in my kayak” it turned out that he actually meant exactly that! In return, Dennis says his time in the School “helped me develop a valuable skill set, which I use frequently within my day to day career. In addition to enhancing my understanding and practical skills in physiology, psychology and biomechanics, it provided a strong grounding in the value and methods of research. These have proved invaluable in working with athletes and improving my coaching techniques.”

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Dennis preparing for his dissertation research, which explored the feasibility of 3D motion capture in freestyle kayaking.

Dennis was already a highly-accomplished coach within the sport, and he has continued that work through his company Sweetwater Coaching. Amongst his many achievements in this area, he has been British Canoeing’s Performance Coach of the Year, been Head Coach for Team GB and a number of other countries, and coaches eight time world champion Claire O’Hara.

Equally exciting has been Dennis’ promotion of whitewater paddling around the world, running courses across Europe and North America, as well as adventures on the Nile in Uganda. The enthusiasm, knowledge and commitment to excellence that he has brought to all of these projects led to his nomination for the Foundation Award at the 2015 World Paddle Awards. The profile that accompanied his nomination gives many further insights about Dennis and his work.

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Dennis’ coaching extends beyond paddling – dancing in Uganda (Photo: Dennis Newton)

Congratulations To All Our September 2016 Graduates!

Lincoln Cathedral was, as always, a fantastic setting for the School’s graduation ceremony on Wednesday 7th July. Congratulations to all those who graduated in person, and to those who weren’t able to join us on the day. We are very proud of all of you, and of your cohorts’ achievements and many contributions to the university, city and beyond.

Good luck with your future plans and please keep in touch!

A video stream of the ceremony is available at http://www.iamagraduate.com/lincoln/linc-ceremony7.html , with the School of Sport & Exercise Science starting at 58:45.

 

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At a prizegiving ceremony after graduation, the following School awards were presented:

Academic Excellence Award: Kyla Love

Kyla achieved the top academic performance in the School, but has also contributed to the School in many other ways, including serving as a Course Rep, a School Ambassador on Open Days and helping with support projects at Doncaster Rovers Belles FC. It’s been quite a week for Kyla, whose late winning goal in Norwich City’s upset of QPR in the FA WPL cup made headlines on the FA website!

Achievement Award: Chris Fraser

Chris’s award reflects the impressive way in which, returning to education after a period away, he has taken full advantage of opportunities inside and outside the classroom. He completed an outstanding final-year dissertation on post-activation potentiation, for example, and presented this at the national BASES Student Conference 2016. His applied work has included roles as a strength & conditioning coach for Leicester Tigers Regional Academy and Lincolnshire FA’s Girls Centre of Excellence.

Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure & Culture Prize: Tom Ash

Tom’s prize is recognition of his proactivity in seeking out additional personal development opportunities – such as a week working with, and being mentored by, coaches at Leicester City Football Club – to complement those provided by his course. His work at Leicester was featured in an official Barclays Lifeskills video, which included him discussing careers in coaching with world-famous manager Claudio Ranieri! Tom has been a Course Rep, founded the new student academic society, and shared some of his ideas and experiences as an invited speaker at the National Sports Roadshow in Lincoln in February.

England Golf Best Community Engagement Group Prize: Marcus Smith, Chris Selby, Will Leadenham and Andrew Whitcombe

Marcus, Chris, Will and Andrew received high praise from community sports leaders for planning, organising and delivering three multi-skills festivals for 250 key stage 1 children across the city. The event was designed to develop the children’s physical skills and also their English and maths skills through cross-curricular activities.

Well done to all the prize winners, and thank you to Magna Vitae and England Golf for sponsoring awards.

Meet the Graduates

On March 15th the School was delighted to welcome back twelve alumni for the Meet The Graduates 2016 event. After brief introductions to themselves, their current roles and the paths their currents have taken since graduation, the alumni met more informally with students to share their experiences and advice.

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The twelve were:

Peter Allison (BSc (Hons) Sport Development & Coaching), Disability Football Officer, East Ridings County FA

Sophie Bartup (BSc (Hons) Sport Development & Coaching), Football Development Officer, Lincolnshire FA

Konrad Bem (BSc (Hons) Sport Development & Coaching), Business Intern, British Athletics

Mica Girling (BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science, MSc Sport Science), Assistant Partnership & Community Development Manager, Cherry Willingham Community School

Emma Lewis (BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science), Personal Trainer (specialising in weight management), David Lloyd Fitness

Trevor Mealing (BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science), Training Manager, YMCA

Simon Mowbray and Stuart King (BSc (Hons) Sport Development & Coaching), Co-founders of Multi Sport Pro

Dale Read (BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science), PhD researcher in the physical demands of rugby, Leeds Beckett University

Lucy Roy (BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise Science), Personal trainer and Sports Massage

Katherine Voice (BSc (Hons) Sport Development & Coaching), PE teacher and Games Organiser

Tom Weal (BSc (Hons) Sport Development & Coaching) Goalkeeping Coach at Huddersfield Town FC and part-time lecturer at Leeds Beckett University

Thank you to all of the speakers for supporting the event – it was great to hear about what you’ve already achieved as well as your current projects – and to Lindsay Brown and the Alumni Office for planning the evening.

Masters of Their Own Destinies

It’s always great to hear from our graduates, and there has been a lot of exciting news recently from graduates of the MSc Sport Science concerning new career moves in the UK and overseas:

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Mike Hewitt is a Product Specialist for ConMed Australia in Western Australia, a position which allows him to use his biomechanics knowledge in providing orthopaedic surgeons with surgical support and sports medicine product knowledge. Mike says “My role requires attending surgery to provide the surgeon and their operating team with support when using ConMed’s orthopaedic products. Typical cases include repairing a torn rotator cuff / labrum, reconstruction of an ACL/PCL ligament, and repair of a fractured condyle.”

 

Mark Harrison is Managing Director and Co-Founder of My Endurance, a company offering sports supplements especially for the endurance athlete. Mark acquired his expertise in this area from working for Monster Supplements and his own experiences as a competitive triathlete.
Sandro Dias has started a PhD in Strength and Conditioning in the Faculty of Human Kinetics at the University of Lisbon. This builds on work he previously undertook as a sports scientist at Woodhouse Training Lab in Cascais, Portugal and the Academy Strength & Conditioning Coach at Cascais Rugby.
Jo Osborn focused on nutrition projects during her course and is putting this knowledge to good use at Social Change UK, where she is the editor of Relish Magazine and is also involved with their MenuLab product.

 

We would to like to wish them all the best in their new positions, and would love to receive updates from other graduates of any of our programmes.