Published: 13th August 2007
Five MMU students are representing Great Britain at the World University Games in Bangkok this week.
Physiotherapy student Sian Corish is competing in the Target Shooting events at the Games and Business Studies student Rob Parker has been selected for the Men’s Water Polo squad. Joining them are MMU Cheshire students Kerrie Manley, Georgina Stebbings and Rania Ramadan, who have been successfully selected for the GB Women's Football squad.
Sian, who competed in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, first visited Manchester during the 2002 Commonwealth Games and chose MMU because of its great sporting reputation. Sian began shooting at the age of 12 and will take part in three women’s target shooting events in Bangkok - the 10m air rifle, 50m prone and the 50m three-position event.
Rob joins an 11-strong water polo team in Thailand, where he faces reigning champions Serbia, Japan and South Africa in the group stages. It is the first time in 16 years the British Water Polo team - now based at the Manchester Aquatics Centre - has entered the Games.
Meanwhile Kerrie, Georgina and Rania did fantastically well to make it onto the GB Women’s Football squad, as the majority of players selected compete in the FA Women’s Premier League.
Wishing them luck
James Crowley, Head of Sport at Manchester Metropolitan University, says: “We’re incredibly proud of all our students selected for the World University Games. MMU has a fantastic reputation for sport, from its courses in subjects such as Sports Science to our University facilities, and has produced a number of professional athletes, including rugby stars Magnus Lund and Mark Cueto. We wish them all the best of luck in Bangkok!”
To follow the MMU student’s progress at the World University Games go to www.busa.org.uk and click on the Great Britain Bangkok 2007 link.