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Gifted Glyndŵr University sports stars given award boost

12 February 2010

Nine rising sports stars have received awards from Glyndŵr University in support of their attempts to compete at elite level competition.

The sportsmen and women have been given sport award packages by the University to allow them to study for a degree while competing at the highest level in their chosen sport.

The recipients include swimmer Sam Chamberlain, of Buckley, a second year Sport and Exercise Sciences student who will be competing for Great Britain in the European Deaf Swim Championships in June.

Denbigh karate ace Colin Le Maitre, a first year Forensic Science student and British Karate champion has been given a sport scholarship.

Wrexham’s Adam Hesp, a first year sport and exercise sciences student and central defender for League of Wales side Elements Cefn Druids, and second year Computer Networking student, rugby league player Owain Brown, also received awards.

Welshpool golfer Marc Brown, a third year Business Management with Marketing student, has been awarded a sport bursary.

Marc, who is hoping to go professional within the next two years, became Welshpool Golf Club’s youngest ever club champion in 2008.

All of the students receive free use of university facilities, sports kit and sports science support as part of their awards.

Dr Allan Howells, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Glyndŵr University, congratulated the students on receiving the awards.

He said: “As a University it’s so important for us to think beyond academic studies.

"It’s about the whole environment which students study in and supporting talented sportsmen and women to achieve at the highest level.

“I’m really proud that we’ve got such a talented set of athletes and sportsmen and women here at Glyndŵr University who have shown already that they’re able to achieve – and are capable of achieving even more.

“We hope that the support which we can offer will help all of them to realise their potential.”

Other students receiving awards for 2009/10 include Max Bayle, a third year Business Management student from St Etienne, France.

Max is currently playing as a striker for Llangollen Town in the Cymru Alliance League.

Natalie Simpson, a Sports and Exercise Sciences student who competes in Tae Kwon Do, has been awarded a sport scholarship.

Primary Education student Gavin Roberts, who plays rugby union for Caldy RFC, and Ross Jones, an architectural design and technology student who attends the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield, complete the list of 2009/10 Glyndŵr University sports awardees.

Duncan Mascarenhas, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Sciences, said: “Sports students are ambassadors for the University and we’re more than happy to support them, be it through psychology or physical conditioning work.

“Sport is part of the student experience when you go University – for me it was the student experience.

"We want to help our students achieve the best they can on a local, national and international level in their sport, while continuing to achieve success in their academic life.”

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