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New awards for Brunel sports stars

Steeplechase champion Elizabeth Hall and BUSA sprint champion Kadi-Ann Thomas are among 22 Sport Sciences students competing at national and international level to receive the scholarships.

The award is named in honour of Jim Biddle, retired head of Physical Education at Brunel, who died last year. The scholarships will help the student athletes towards training and competition expenses.

Other recipients include former paralympic sprinting and rowing world champion Vicky Hansford; junior rowing champions David Loveday and James Loveday; and former BUSA silver medallist over 60m, Amala Onuora.

The deputy head of the School of Sport and Education, Professor Ian Campbell said it was hoped that the Jim Biddle memorial scholarship fund, would be increased in the future and that the School was actively seeking sponsors to help its elite athletes. Brunel University also offers Sports Scholarships to students of sporting ability who are not registered on Sport Sciences courses.