Sporting talent celebrated in new Wall of Fame at UWE Bristol

Issue date: 09 September 2014

Rory Kavanagh, dressed in karate gi, executes a flying kick

Rower Pete Reed (Double Olympic Gold medallist); Footballer Stef Oliver (Republic of Ireland International);Squash player Mohammed el-Shorbagy (PSA World No.3) and current student Rory Kavanagh (World Championship Bronze medallist in Karate - (Kumite) are just four of the 29 athletes whose achievements are to be celebrated on the Centre for Sport's new Wall of Fame.

Inspired by the 2012 London Olympics, The Wall of Fame was created to highlight UWE Bristol's sporting excellence by showcasing the achievements of UWE Bristol elite athletes past, present and future. To be included on the wall, athletes had to meet a set of criteria that included international representation.

The Wall of Fame will be unveiled at a ceremony on Wednesday 10 September 2014 by Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve West and The Wall of Fame designer, Leslie Büttel.

Leslie, who recently graduated from the University with a first class honours degree in Graphic Design, entered the Centre for Sport competition for UWE Bristol students, to see the project through from design concept to completion. Combining her previous experience as a decorator back home in Switzerland with the current skills acquired from her studies, Leslie beat off stiff opposition to submit the winning design.

She said, “I wanted to design a wall of fame which represents the athletes in a strong and positive way. It was important that the wall can 'grow' over time, and that it looks interesting and well-designed no matter how many names are listed on the wall.

“It was a really interesting project to be involved in and I learnt a lot from it. It enabled me to go through all the stages: concept, presentation, planning, organisation, and in the end installation of the wall. I am really pleased with the outcome.”

Alex Isaac, Head of Sport, said, “UWE Bristol is proud of its student athletes, past and present, this wall of fame provides opportunity for the University to recognise and celebrate the success of those at the very highest level on the international stage.”

UWE Centre for Sport on Frenchay Campus is the central hub of sport and fitness activity at the University. Its £5.5m state-of-the-art complex provides fantastic facilities, services, activities and classes for students, staff and the wider community to enjoy.

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