Press Release

17 December 2014

Canterbury Christ Church University is celebrating the sporting talents of 37 students who have been awarded scholarships for the 2014/2015 academic year.

This academic year's Sports Scholars
This academic year's Sports Scholars

Sports scholarships at Canterbury Christ Church University are awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional sporting talent or potential. The scholarships provide them with financial support; support in their studies and sports science support from SportsLab.

The students received their awards at a ceremony held in the St George’s Students’ Union building with special guests including, Daniel Bell-Drummond the Kent County Cricket opening batsman, the Lord Mayor of Canterbury Heather Taylor and Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Rama Thirunamachandran.

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Jennifer Jackson and Daniel Bell-Drummond
From left to right: Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Jennifer Jackson and Daniel Bell-Drummond

Paul Carney, Director of Sport at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “Our Sport Scholarship programme has gone from strength to strength; we now have 37 sport scholars competing in a wide variety of sports. Our scholars compete regionally and internationally and many have had wonderful success over the past year and are a real credit to the University and the local area.”

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Jesse Chetodal and Daniel Bell-Drummond
From left to right: Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Jesse Chetodal and Daniel Bell-Drummond

Three scholars who have had particular success this year are Phil Anthony, Athletics, Jennifer Jackson, Cricket and Jesse Chedotal, Lacrosse. Phil Anthony, a PhD student at the University and recent sports science graduate, has recently achieved second place in the World Ultra Marathon championships in Doha, trained at high altitude in Kenya, where Mo Farah has previously trained, and last week, broke the world record for the fastest ever 100km run on a treadmill.

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Phil Anthony and Daniel Bell-Drummond
From left to right: Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Phil Anthony and Daniel Bell-Drummond

Jennifer Jackson, PGCE student, plays for Kent County Cricket Club’s Women’s team and recently visited Buckingham Palace with her team mates to be presented with the Royal London Cup for winning the Women’s County Championship by the Duke of Edinburgh.

Jesse Chedotal, 2nd year student, has just competed in the Lacrosse World Cup in Denver, USA, playing for France. Jesse only took up lacrosse after trying it as part of the University’s successful TrySport programme after he joined the University in 2013.

This year’s scholars will compete in local, national and international competitions throughout the academic year representing the University and its commitment to sport. To watch a video of Phil, Jennifer and Jesse Chedotal talking about their sport and their scholarship at the University, click here.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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