Elite Athlete Welcome Reception
On Wednesday 3rd of October Sport Liverpool unveiled this year’s cohort of elite athletes to heads of departments and other senior members of staff including acting Chief Operating Officer Jenny Tucker in a welcome reception. The list of 26 students includes five GB canoe polo players, two international women footballers and two international water polo players amongst others across a total of 13 sports.
The elite athlete scheme is designed to support and help the very best student athletes in any sporting discipline who are competing at a junior, under 21 or senior regional, national and international level balance an academic and sporting career.
For students to be successful in managing their dual careers it’s important they are supported by both their academic departments and the services Sport Liverpool provide and this was evident to see at the reception where many heads of departments turned up to be introduced to their student athletes.
As well as provision from Sport Liverpool in the form of strength and conditioning and cash contributions, the department is supported by external companies such as the Physiotherapy Centre in Booker Avenue who provide the athletes with injury prevention screenings as well as physio appointments when needed throughout the year, and Scorpion XI who provide sports psychology and time management advice. These services are invaluable to the students who often feedback how grateful they are to have these services provided.
The evening reception started with an opening speech from Director of Sport Andy Craig who welcomed staff and partners and described the importance of the scheme and the calibre of students in this year’s intake. This was followed by presentations from two current elite athletes, Alice Trevail from Marine Ecology, and Lewis Daly who is studying Anatomy and Human Biology. With just under half being first year students embarking on their academic careers, the advice given to them by Alice and Lewis was invaluable. They described the support they receive and how the scheme has got them to where they currently are in their careers, with Alice being selected for the European Triathlon Championships, and Lewis being a regular in the England senior water polo team.
Sport Development Officer (Performance) –Danielle Farrell commented “The scheme is there to help students in a number of different ways across the year. Some students manage dual careers very easily and need little support other than gym training and a contribution towards their sporting costs whilst others can struggle with time management or injuries and use more services offered. The scheme is becoming more and more competitive with the level at which our students are competing becoming increasingly higher. This is great to see and shows the University of Liverpool is now a choice destination for many top athletes due to both the academic courses we have on offer and the strength of our scheme. The support of our academic departments is invaluable and I hope to strengthen this link even more in the coming years”.
The full list of elite athletes for 18/19 is available below.