Alumni sports round-up

Dina Asher-SmithPhoto: Dina Asher-Smith wins British 100m title

First year students making King’s proud

King’s can celebrate having not one, but two first year undergraduates who represented Great Britain in this year’s Athletics World Championships in Beijing.

Selected to her third major senior championships was history student Dina Asher-Smith from Orpington, who ran the 200m and 4x100m at the iconic Bird’s Nest Stadium, venue of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Dina was selected just days after smashing the national record 100m record during a heat of the Anniversary Games in London on 25 July. Dina then went on to finish fifth in the World Championships final with a time of 22.07 seconds. This makes her the fastest teenager in history!

Laviai NielsenAnother fellow King’s athlete to be selected for the World Championships was geography student Laviai Nielsen. With the Junior Championships earmarked as her culminating tournament in 2015, Laviai was thrilled to hear that she will now be extending her season after being selected for the women’s squad in the senior 4x400m relay team. ‘It was unexpected,’ she said, overjoyed by the prospect of a senior championship debut later this summer. ‘I was so happy I was shaking!’

As well as being among the 52-strong team who participated in Beijing, featuring household names like Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah, the pair are both just 19 years old and were some of the youngest athletes representing Great Britain. A huge congratulations to both Dina and Laviai on some sterling performances and we wish them the very best of luck for all they go on to achieve!

Seven student teams to compete in top league

BUCS Premier League is the highest British sporting league for universities and colleges, currently with 145 institutions registered. As with all BUCS leagues, these run across 50 sports to provide structured inter-university competition over the duration of the university year (October – March/April). Up until the last couple of years, King’s has been a relatively minor competitor within BUCS, with most of our university teams competing in lower leagues. The fact that seven student teams at King’s have found their way into the top-level league this year is a measure of the commitment that our students are displaying and demonstrates the success of our Sport England funded BeActive programme championing social and recreational sport. This programme at King’s has engaged 1300 students in social sport and fitness during its first year.

The following teams representing King’s are:

  • KCL Women's Basketball
  • GKT Men's Hockey
  • KCL Women's Hockey
  • KCL Men's Rugby
  • KCL Women's Squash
  • KCL Women's Volleyball 

A celebratory weekend

Welcoming past and current students, the second annual Alumni Sports Day will be held on 3 October 2015 in partnership with King’s Sport and KCLA.

Building on the success of last year, from 19:30 on Friday at the KIA Oval, iconic home of Surrey Cricket Club, there will be the Alumni Sports Dinner followed by an evening of entertainment and celebration. We are fortunate to welcome two distinguished guest speakers to the event: King’s student and rising track sensation Dina Asher-Smith, alongside former Olympic champion Darren Campbell MBE to talk about their Olympic aspirations and experiences.

Darren Campbell has won medals at European, World, Olympic and Commonwealth Championships, including Olympic gold in the 4x100m. After retiring in 2006, Darren has channelled his drive into developing a nutrition company and is working with a number of football and rugby clubs as a sprint consultant, alongside his broadcasting and community sport commitments.

On Saturday, roll back the clock to relive former sporting glories as alumni take on current students from midday, 3 October at the Alumni Games. The games will be held at Honor Oak Park Sports ground and entrance is free.

We look forward to welcoming you to a wonderful weekend celebrating sport and the spirit of King’s!


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Article posted: August, 2015



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