Chemistry student awarded Santander sports scholarship

Posted on 6 March 2017

Elspeth McLeod, 4th year student, is one of four York students to have been awarded a Santander Elite Sports Scholarship worth £5000.

Elspeth competing in Nationals in October 2016

Elspeth began powerlifting at York to keep fit but has progressed swiftly through training and has now broken several regional records. She has been selected for Great Britain in the European Championships later this year.

She said “I'm so very proud to say I attended Team GB selections on 21st January 2017 and I've been selected to represent Great Britain at the 2017 European Powerlifting Championships in Denmark. I weighed in at a low 54kg and did well enough to be selected for the u57kg. I fly out on 11th March and compete on 13th March, lifting off at 8.00.

"I'm currently deep in prep at the moment and gaining strength. I can't wait to see what I can do in 10 days time and lift some heavy weights alongside the best lifters from all over Europe."

The recipients of these scholarships also includes Stuart Hosie (Computer Science and Philosophy) for rowing, Matt Tomlin (Mathematics) for softball and Shelby Ward Stephenson (Biology) for underwater hockey.

Notes to editors:

Santander Universities has supported the University of York since 2011; helping fund international student and staff mobility, student enterprise activities, student internships and scholarships.