School of Sport & Exercise Science

Graduate Spotlight: Dennis Newton (Sweetwater Coaching)

October 6th, 2016 · No Comments · Graduates, Students

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)

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Congratulations To All Our September 2016 Graduates!

September 9th, 2016 · No Comments · Events, 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.

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Meet the Graduates

March 26th, 2016 · No Comments · Events, 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.

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SU School of the Month for February!

March 26th, 2016 · No Comments · Events, Staff, Students, Support Projects

We are delighted to have been chosen by the University of Lincoln Students’ Union as their School of the Month for February! Some of the highlights of the month were as follows:

  • The School held a very successful Careers in Sport LIVE employability event – one of only five in the country – on 11th February. Keynote speakers included Dr Steve Ingham (Director of Science & Technical Development at the English Institute of Sport) and alumnus Adam Housley (Technical Scout at Sunderland FC). Four other graduates were invited speakers: Leanne Woodhead (Notts FA), Paul Cook (Frontier Physical Conditioning), Aaron Hall (Macmillan Cancer Support) and Chris Turner (Table Tennis England).
  • The School Rep (Melissa Poole) and SDC Course Rep (Tom Ash) organised a charity row and bike ride in support of the Adam Gibbons Foundation Fund on 23rd February.
  • Staff, students and graduates ran an off-ice development camp for the National Ice Skating Association which included fitness tests and strength and conditioning, sports psychology and anti-doping workshops.
  • Students and staff ran workshops for primary school children from around the county that had been identified as ‘gifted and talented’, in conjunction with Grantham-based sports charity Inspire+.
  • A number of students got involved in an inclusive rounders project which lead to the creation of a festival that took place on 23rd February.
  • The School is now the sports science provider for the Godfrey Bikewear Race Team and have started providing regular physiological testing.

Thank you everyone for your contributions to the School’s success!

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NISA Development Camp

July 20th, 2015 · No Comments · Events, Staff, Students

On July 4th and 5th, the School hosted its first development camp for the National Ice Skating Association. More than 80 figure skaters – representing NISA’s Regional 1, Regional 2, Talent Potential and AASE programmes – came from as far away as Aberdeen to take part in sports science workshops and fitness testing. These sessions were designed and delivered by School staff, with support from recent graduates Alex Lilley and Mark Alderson, and postgraduate students Lizzie Stamp and Sam Fisher.

Dan Bishop, Tom Gee and Mark Smith took the skaters through tests of their strength, power, flexibility and aerobic endurance. Christian Swann introduced them to the process of performance profiling and goal setting, to underpin the purpose of the camp and reinforce how the skaters could make best use of their new knowledge. Mistrelle Ellmore covered nutritional topics such as what to eat before and after training, and the appropriateness of sports drinks for young athletes, as well as running information sessions for parents and coaches. Sandy Willmott discussed a systematic approach to analysing technique – using video clips, for example – with the Talent Potential and AASE programme athletes.

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The schedule for both days was packed but the camp ran very smoothly, with invaluable organisational support from Alex Mckeown (NISA’s Performance and Development Co-ordinator) and Becky Corne (Ice Skating Support Officer). The skaters put in a tremendous amount of effort, and the whole weekend had a very positive atmosphere. NISA’s Development Director David Hartley said ‘This weekend has been a great success. It’s been a long time coming, but thanks to our partnership with the University of Lincoln, we are now able to provide sport science support to our development athletes. The feedback has been extremely positive and the skaters have all taken something from the weekend as well as meeting and making friends with other members of their squad.’

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Wingate power tests A plea to parents!

 

The information and experience gained from the camp will now be used to assist the planning of future camps, with the next one scheduled for October. Senior Lecturer Sandy Willmott said ‘It’s been a pleasure to work with the NISA skaters and staff this weekend, and we’re looking forward to further developing these links. Our initial contact actually involved a project in which some of our students helped in the production of safeguarding resources, and I hope that we will be able to explore ways in which students from all of our courses can become involved in this fantastic opportunity to work with athletes and staff from a national governing body.”

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