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27 Jun 2014

Athletes represent United Kingdom thanks to generous alumni.
Pictured above (From L-r): Registrar of the Alumni Association, Stan France; Treasurer, Dave Robertson; Jessica O'Neill; Ceri Nicholas; Dale King-Evans and Alumni Association committee member, Pat Ransome.
Three aspiring athletes from the University of Chester have been given a helping hand along their way to an international competitions thanks to the institution’s generous alumni.
Quidditch players Jessica O’Neill and Dale King-Evans from Whitchurch and Ceri Nicholas, a triathlete from Mold were each recipients of the Cestrian Alumni Award- a bursary managed by the University of Chester Alumni Association, consisting of two £500 awards each year. Students or staff from the University are able to apply for the funding which could assist them in achieving their personal goals in sport or community initiatives at a high level (national or international representation).
Mathematics students Jessica and Dale, applied for the bursary after being chosen to represent Team GB in the Quidditch Global Games in Canada this summer. As a joint application, they shared the £500 award so received £250 each.
Ceri Nicholas, a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Sciences and Nutrition at the University was awarded £500 after being selected to represent Great Britain in the European Triathlon Championships in Kitzbuhel, Austria.
Jessica said: “It is a great honour to be chosen to represent the country and an even more amazing opportunity to be able to play in Canada against so many other countries. The Cestrian Alumni Award will be a huge financial help for us as we have to pay for travel, accommodation as well as the equipment needed to play in the tournament. We’re really grateful to the University’s Alumni Association for helping us participate in this event.”
Ceri added: “I was delighted to find out that I was going to be one of the recipients of the Cestrian Alumni Award. The £500 helped cover some of the expenses that I incurred as a result of travelling to Austria which included travel for me and my bike, accommodation in Austria, GB kit and equipment upgrade in order to compete at that level.”
Find out more information about the Cestrian Alumni Award on the Student Life pages of the University's website.
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