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World University Winter Games 2019

Great Britain confirm team of 58 student athletes and support staff will be heading to compete in the 29th World University Winter Games in Krasnoyarsk, Russia in March 2019. 

British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS), the National Governing Body for higher education sport, can confirm the full delegation heading to compete at the World University Winter Games in March. The team, led by Chef De Mission Frankie Kelly will be competing in six disciplines across four sports: Curling, Ice Hockey, Speed Skating and Snowsports - Ski Cross, Ski Slopestyle and Snowboard Cross.

The International University Sports Federation (FISU), organise the World University Winter Games (Winter Universiade), every two years. Over 3000 of the world's best student athletes will compete in 11 sports across 11 days of competition at the world's second largest winter multi-sport event.

The team can expect a warm welcome, with over 100,000 spectators expecting to be in attendance and 1.5 billion TV viewers globally. In contrast to the warmth of the welcome, the team can anticipate some testing Siberian temperatures, regularly plummeting to -30 degrees in March.

The Great British student team is made up of 38 athletes from 26 universities and colleges. The student athletes range from undergraduate and masters students studying a variety of courses including Mechanical Engineering, Biochemistry and Industrial Economics. They will be supported by a 20 strong team of support staff including the HQ team, Doctors, Physios, Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Team Leaders.

22 Men's Ice Hockey players
10 Curlers (5 male & 5 female)
3 Speed Skaters 
1 Snowboard Cross
1 Ski Cross
1 Ski Slopestyle 

The competition kicks off with the opening ceremony on Saturday 02 March running for 11 days across 10 venues, including five newly developed especially for the games. The team will be based in a newly developed Athlete Village, in the heart of the Siberian mountains. The full competition schedule can be found here. 

Chef De Mission - Frankie Kelly (Sports Operations Manager at Commonwealth Games England)

"Being selected to represent Team GBR is a fantastic achievement for the athletes selected today and I am delighted to welcome them to the team. The Universiade will provide each athlete with the unique opportunity to represent their country within a multi-sport environment and experience first-hand the excitement and challenges that come with that honour. 
Krasnoyarsk is sure to provide a stunning environment for the team to compete and the venues and surroundings the team will experience are world class. I wish each team member the best of luck and I look forward to seeing them in action in Russia next month."

Sophie Jackson - Curling (University of Stirling, Masters of Science Psychology in Sport)

"We are really excited to be selected to compete at the World University Games in Krasnoyarsk. For four of us it will be our first time representing Great Britain which will make the experience extra special. We are all extremely grateful for the support from our university’s in allowing us to take part in these games, the academic flexibility we receive is vital to our ability to perform to our best ability. We are looking forward to once again having to chance to play and compete for a world medal." 

Helen Roberts - BUCS Performance Sport Manager and Great Britain HQ Manager

"I am delighted that GBR have a 58 strong team with GBR showcasing some of the best winter university sports students across 6 sports competing at the 2019 Winter Universiade being held in Krasnoyarsk, Russia 2nd-13th of March. Being selected is a fantastic achievement for the athletes concerned whom are all part of their national talent programme and will be a fabulous opportunity to experience the excitement and camaraderie of a multi-sport environment as part of their progression along the performance pathway."

Great Britain Student Team


Sophie Jackson - University of Stirling - Science Psychology in Sport 
Naomi Brown - Queen Margaret University - Occupational Therapy
Mili Smith - University of Stirling - Psychology
Sophie Sinclair - Edinburgh Napier University - Business & Enterprise in Sport
Leeanne McKenzie - University of Dundee - Scottish Law with French
Ross Whyte - University of Stirling - Sport Studies
Duncan McFadzean - SRUC Edinburgh - Rural Business Management
Ryan McCormack - University of Strathclyde - Chemical Engineering
Robin William McCall - University of Strathclyde - Civil Engineering
Luke Carson - University of Strathclyde - Chemical Engineering

Cate Brewster - Team Leader
Thomas Brewster - Women's Coach
Greg Drummond - Men's Coach
Lindsay Smart – Team Physio

Men's Ice Hockey

Joshua Crane - University of Leicester - Chemistry
Adam Long - Bishop Grosseteste - Primary PGCE with QTS
Thomas Hovell - Nottingham Trent University - Mathematics
Solomon Smith - University of Sheffield - Economics & philosophy
Christian Johnson - University of Aberdeen - Geology & Petroleum Geology
Donald Campbell - University of Greenwich - Graphic & Digital Design
Daniel Fay - Liverpool John Moore's University - Architecture
Christopher Cooke - St Mary's University - Physical & Sport Education
Nathan Long - University Centre Peterborough - Business Management
James Scott - Sheffield Hallam University - International Events Management with Arts & Entertainment 
Thomas Relf - Sheffield Hallam University - Sport & Exercise Science
Joshua Grieveson - University of Strathclyde - Law (Scottish & English)
Jordan Liddell - University Centre Peterborough - Computing & Information Systems
Ivan Antonov - Royal Holloway University of London - Geology
Andreas Siagris - Imperial College London - Civil & Environmental Engineering
Joshua Cook - Vancouver Island University - Criminology
Jackson Price - Cardiff Metropolitan University - Sport Performance Analysis 
Ruskin Hughes - University of Nottingham - Biotechnology
Cameron Pywell - Sheffield Hallam University - Business & Enterprise Management
Liam Charnock - Sheffield Hallam University - Architectural Technology
Connor Henderson - University of Glasgow - Geography
Scott Henderson - Heriot-Watt University - Brewing & Distilling

Andrew Marshall - Team Manager/Fitness Coach
Matt Bradbury – Coach
Simon Hopkins - Assistant Coach
Lawrence Chell - Equipment Manager
David Merlin – Team Physio

Speed Skating

Charlotte Hayward - Nottingham Trent University - Biochemistry
Talya Kaye - University of Nottingham - Chemical Engineering
Ethan Treacy - University of Nottingham - Industrial Economics
Richard Shoebridge - Team Leader


Snowboard Cross

Douglas Green - Robort Gordon University - Mechanical Engineering

Ski Slopestyle

Harris Booth - University of Glasgow - Product Design Engineering
Corinne Mayhew - Coach

Ski Cross

Laurence Willows - University of Portsmouth - Economics, Finance & Banking
John Lewington - Coach

Support & Medical Teams

Francesca Kelly - Chef de Mission
Chris Purdie - Deputy Chef
Mike Carmont - Chief Medical Officer
Robert Hamilton - Head Physio
Patrick O'Halloran - Doctor
Helen Roberts - HQ Manager
Lizzie Moore - HQ Administrator (Translator)
James Bramley - HQ Administrator (Communications)

Follow all the action on FISU TV

Keep up with the team by following @BUCSSport on Twitter and Instagram as well as checking in on the FISU and BUCS website. 


Trespass and PSM are the official team wear partners of the Great British team at the 2019 World University Winter Games. The partnership will see Trespass provide teamwear to the delegation of student athletes, coaches and HQ staff who attend the event. 

#RealWinter #Krasnoyarsk2019 #WinterUniversiade2019

James Bramley - Great Britain HQ Administrator and Marketing and Communications Officer

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