Monthly Archives: April 2017

Alex Jackson: British University Powerlifting Medallist!

Congratulations to Alex Jackson who took third place in a very competitive 72-kg class at the recent British University Powerlifting Championships. Alex achieved personal bests in all three lifts (Squat, Bench and Deadlift) including a British junior record of 178 kg in the Deadlift!
Alex, who is in her first year of the BSc (Hons) Strength & Conditioning in Sport programme, is also a Sports Scholar at the University and is coached by Senior Lecturer Tom Gee:

“My experience at the British University Championships was a positive one: I was able to compete against athletes of varying abilities and ages and did so successfully with the help of Tom Gee. To be able to compete through the University with a high-level coach at my side enabled me to produce a competitive performance that placed me third overall.”

British Uni Champs Podium
Alex on the podium for the 72-kg class

SPOTS: Students Supporting University Sports

We are delighted to have partnered with SU Activities to launch the SPOTS (Science Practitioners Of Team Sports) scheme this year. A number of students from the School were selected – after an interview process – to provide sports science support to university sports teams, and have been working with them this term in a variety of roles.

Well done to the pioneering cohort of practitioners, who have been supporting the following clubs:

Stuart Kirk (Men’s Hockey)

Jack Dos Reis Silva (Rugby League)

Charlie Wanstall (Women’s Football)

Georgia Viggers (Lacrosse)

Jack Urwin (Volleyball)

This year’s SPOTS practitioners: Charlie, Georgia, Jack, Jack and Stuart


We are very grateful to SU Activities who have funded the scheme, and provided official hoodies and jackets. The School has been contributing use of equipment and laboratories, along with mentoring.

We hope to expand the scheme next year – keep an eye out for more details!