• 65 GB student athletes head to the 2017 Winter Universiade

    Posted on Mon 9th January, 2017

    A British university delegation, made up of 65 student athletes and 31 support staff, head to the 28th Winter Universiade, hosted in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The biennial international event, which was last hosted in Granada in 2015, will welcome approximately 2,500 student athletes from 58 countries.

    The 2017 Winter Universiade, or the World University Winter Games, is an international multi-sport event which is organised for university students and is held under the auspices of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The event is one of only two senior multi-sport international winter events, alongside the Winter Olympics.

    Six years of planning and construction has been put towards making the 2017 Winter Universiade a success. In that time, the organising committee have built an array of sporting facilities, including an all-new athlete village, and refurbished many more. 12 sports will be competed across the eight venues in 185 medal events.

    The GB delegation will compete in seven of the 12 sports, including their first ever entry into the long track speed skating event. The first of GB’s teams will arrive at the athlete village on 26 January – two days after the village’s official opening date.

    GB’s 65-strong athlete delegation is littered with high-calibre athletes hoping to claim a spot on the international podium. Former University of Glasgow student and current University of Strathclyde student, Alasdair Schrieber has previous experience of stepping up to a Winter Universiade podium. Alasdair was part of the GB men’s curling squad that won a bronze medal at the 2015 Winter Universiade in Granada, Spain.

    Accompanying the GB student athletes are 31 members of support staff across a variety of roles, including:

    I am delighted that Almaty will see the second-largest GB delegation at a Winter Universiade and competing by some distance in the most number of sports! Being selected is a fantastic achievement for the athletes concerned they are each part of national talent programmes, and this event will be a unique opportunity to experience the camaraderie and excitement of a multi-sport environment as part of their progression along the performance pathway.

    Almaty will provide a stunning backdrop to the team’s aspirations, and we look forward to a successful and truly World Class event,” comments Neil.

    The event’s opening ceremony will take place on 29 January at the figure skating arena. The GB men’s ice hockey team are in the first action of the 2017 Winter Universiade as they take on Slovakia in their opening fixture. Similarly, the men’s ice skating gold medal final will be

    physiotherapists, medical officers, team leaders, coaches and HQ staff.

    GB’s Chef de Mission for the 2017 Winter Universiade is Neil Rogers, Head of International

    Programmes at British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS).

    the last action of the games on 8 February, before the official closing ceremony hosted in the same arena as the opening ceremony will close the 11-day event.

    A broadcast of the games will be available in 80 countries, with viewing figures expected to surpass 80 billion. In addition to this, the organising committee are expecting more than 30,000 guests and tourists to attend the festivities.

    Follow the student athletes progress at the multi-sport competition on Twitter using the GB- specific hashtag (#WUGSGB), or the official event hashtag (#WUAlmaty2017). To find out more about the competition, including a full event timetable and a list of featured disciplines, visit the BUCS website or the event website.

    GBs official teamwear sponsor for the 2017 winter Universiade is Trespass.

    British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the governing body for university sport in the UK, representing over 160 institutions. BUCS works with National Governing Bodies to deliver sport programmes both domestically and on the international stage in over 60 sports. For more information visit www.bucs.org.uk

    GB team HQ Staff

    Neil Rogers - Chef de Mission

    Vikki Campbell - Deputy Chef de Mission

    Abosede Ajayi - Chief Medical Officer

    Andrew Hogg Deputy Chief Medical Officer

    Mike Carmont - Medical Officer

    Leigh Halfteck - Lead Physiotherapist

    James Boyd - Physiotherapist

    Beenish Kamal Physiotherapist

    Sarah Holmes Physiotherapist

    Sarah Watt - Physiotherapist

    Claire Livesey - HQ Manager

    Chris Purdie - HQ Administrator

    James Bramley - HQ Assistant


    Elodie Wallace – University of Bath
    Jilly Wallace - Aerials Team Leader/ Coach; Moguls Coach

    Benn Hall - Alpine Team Leader/ Coach


    Rachael Halliday - University of Strathclyde

    Alice MacAulay University of Bath

    Alex Barounos University of New Mexico

    Angharad Ward - Durham University

    Gina Aitken - University of Glasgow

    Rachel Hannen - University of Stirling

    Rowena Kerr - Heriot-Watt University

    Gregor Cannon - University of Strathclyde

    Derrick Sloan - Robert Gordon University

    Bruce Mouat - Napier University

    Alasdair Schrieiber - University of Strathclyde

    Bobby Lammie - University of Stirling

    Cate Brewster - Head Coach

    Mairi Milne - Women’s Coach

    Figure Skating

    Charles Parry - Evans - Nottingham Trent Gurgen Vardanjan - Team Leader/ Coach Ice Hockey (Men)

    James Scott - Sheffield Hallam

    Lucas Branin - University of Tampa

    Montgomer Gailer - Oxford Brookes

    Ivan Antonov - Royal Holloway University of London

    Thomas Hovell - Nottingham Trent University

    Christian Johnson - University of Aberdeen

    Thomas Parkinson - Leeds Beckett University

    Adam Long - Anglia Ruskin UCP

    Matthew Croyle - Sheffield Hallam University

    Alexander Sampford - Surrey

    Jackson Price - Cardiff Metropolitan University

    Liam Charnock - Sheffield Hallam University

    Michael Mawer - Sheffield Hallam University

    Andreas Siagris - Imperial College of London

    Daniel Rose - St Marys

    Christopher Fox - University College London

    Stuart Mogg - Southampton Solent University

    Elliott Dewey - University of Portsmouth

    Joseph Gretton - Nottingham Trent University

    Samuel Cheema - Kingston University

    Christopher Cooke - St Marys

    Rupert Quiney - University Centre Farnborough

    Andrew Miller - Team Manager

    Matt Bradbury - Head Coach

    Simon Hopkins - Asst Coach

    Andrew Marshall - Equipment Manager / Fitness Coach

    Ice Hockey (Women)

    Lucy Kendall - Nottingham Trent University

    Jessica Holgate - Arden University

    Danielle Turnbull - Leeds Beckett

    Saffron Allen - University of Gloucestershire

    Hannah Worthington - The Open University

    Lucy Lickman - University of Nottingham

    Charlotte Ahmed - University of Sheffield

    Abbie Thornton - Leeds Beckett

    Louise Adams - University of Essex

    Rosanne Adey - Bournemouth University

    Clara Ashton - University of Central Lancashire

    Meghan Sullivan - Kings College London

    Elizabeth Milne - Abertay

    Judith Browne - Sheffield Hallam

    Sarah Hutchinson - Sheffield Hallam

    Samantha Bolwell - Sheffield Hallam

    Holly Steeples - Nottingham Trent University

    Megan Rathbone - Sheffield Hallam University

    Emma Sanders - University of Nottingham

    Ian Turner Team Leader

    James Ashton - Head Coach

    Ryan Rathbone - Assistant Coach

    Brian Miller - Equipment Manager

    Long Track Speed Skating

    Piet Knip - Team Leader/ Coach


    Jeff Blackburn - Team Leader/ Head Coach


    Ian Findlay - Team Leader/ Coach


    Calum Paton – Sheffield Hallam
    Barry Parker - Slopestyle Team Leader/ Coach

    Ellia Smeding - HanzehogeSchool, Groningen

    Cornelius Kersten - Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

    Elodie Wallace University of Bath

    Liam Keyes University of Sheffield

    Sam Jones Keele University

    Laurence Willows University of Portsmouth

    Scott Garvie University of Aberdeen


    Danny Chambers - SBX Team Leader/ Coach

    Gillian Finnerty University of Leeds

    Douglas Green Robert Gordon University

    Rob Wagner University of Brighton