Do you aspire to achieve your sporting dreams at international level but find travel costs expensive? Or do you dream of putting together a successful project to benefit the community but lack the funding? The Cestrian Award 2017 could be what you need to help make your dreams reality and applications are now open!
The Cestrian Award is a fantastic opportunity for students and staff at the University to boost their funds to help them compete in sport at a higher level or support the community in some way. Set up in 2012 by the Alumni Executive Committee, each year two awards of £500 are offered to up to two successful applicants.
The Cestrian Sports Award: This award is open to current students and staff, either individually or as part of a team, who may require financial assistance to participate in sports at a higher level. This could include international representation!
The Cestrian Community Award: This award is open to both current staff and students, either individually or as part of a team. Applications are welcome from those who are making a difference to a community and would like to inspire others to do the same through a particular project.
The Cestrian Award aims to help students and staff reach their goals whilst reducing some of the financial pressure they may be under, allowing them to focus on their chosen activity.
One of the Cestrian Award recipients in 2016 was staff member Richard Bott, Technician in the Department of Sports and Exercise. Richard represented Great Britain (GB) in the Triathlon World Championship 2015 in Chicago where he came 39th in the 35-39 age group category. He continued to focus on his cycling and used his award to help him compete in several road and track cycling competitions.
Caption: Richard pictured at Teide Mountain in Tenerife.
Richard, said: “After competing in Triathlons, I decided to return to my true passion of cycling. Training has been going well this year and I have just returned from a training camp in Tenerife. Whilst it may sound like it was all fun in the sun, I amassed 35 hours of training in just seven days and climbed the equivalent of Everest – twice!
“The Cestrian Award meant that I was able to purchase a new track bike which has enabled me to compete in regional and national competitions of which I have won nine races and placed second in two further races. I am currently third in the track league rankings and I am hoping I may be selected for the GB Masters competitions this year.
“Without the help from the University of Chester Alumni Executive Committee, this would not have been possible, so I would also like to thank all those involved for selecting my application.”
Sport Science Master’s student, Josh Lee, also received the Cestrian Award in 2016 and used it to help fund his travel to training sessions, residential weekends and the European Championships in Hungary as head sport scientist and assistant manager for the England lacrosse senior men’s team.
Caption: Joshua Lee (back right) with the England Senior Men’s Lacrosse Team.
Josh said: “My position with the team was very important to my development as a sport scientist. It allowed me to gain valuable experiences that have been vital to my progression. I would recommend that anyone apply as it can relieve some of the pressure and enable you to focus on what is important. I am really grateful to the Alumni Association’s generous offer of support to help fund my travel to the Championships. I have gained exceptional experience which is essential to have in this area of work.”
Josh is now working as a sport scientist for Catapult, a world leader in wearable sports technology.
The 2017 winners will be featured in our alumni magazine, The Cestrian and have the chance to promote their achievements in the press. It is an exciting opportunity that not only highlights the success of our students, but also the generosity of our Alumni Association.
Applications for the Cestrian Award are available here: https://alumni.chester.ac.uk/Pages/The-Cestrian-Award.aspx
Applications close May 26, 2017.