Kye Whyte welcomed to the University of Hull
Team GB BMX rider Kye Whyte and Tokyo 2020 silver medallist visited the University of Hull in October 2021 for Black History Month. Kye delivered inspirational talks on his unique story which covered his experience at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, family influences and the challenges he has overcome on his journey.
As well as delivering a talk on the theme ‘Proud to be…’ with Hull University Students’ Union, Kye helped Student Futures launch their new BAME Higher Series.
University of Hull students harnessed their creativity and learned historical research skills to shine a light on the incredible stories of early Olympians. The project helped Team GB create a book which aimed to inspire current Team GB athletes to achieve success at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
University historians Dr Jenny Macleod and Dr Catherine Baker are also involved in creating the athlete heritage book for Team GB winter Olympians at Beijing 2022. The book will be received as a gift by all Team GB Winter Olympians on arrival in Beijing to connect them with Team GB’s values and legacy.
Team GB PhDs
The University of Hull has also announced it will deliver a new trio of PhD research projects in collaboration with Team GB. The research projects will focus on three key themes: sustainability, social impact and athlete transition into retirement after competition – all aligned to the strategic objectives of Team GB.
Dr Dave Richards, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Enterprise at the University of Hull, said: “The University of Hull’s partnership with Team GB has provided unique opportunities for students and staff right across our organisation, from teaching and learning to research and knowledge exchange.
“I am delighted that the University can support Team GB through these three exciting PhD projects, which have been shaped around their strategy for the future.”
Special thanks to all those athletes and members of Team GB who have been part of this special partnership since it began:
- Max Whitlock OBE – Gymnast
- Kye Whyte – BMX Supercross Rider
- Bryony Page – Trampoline Gymnast
- Bradley Sinden – Taekwondo Athlete
- Anthony Ogogo – Boxer
- Beth Tweddle – Gymnast
- Kristian Thomas – Gymnast
- Samantha Murray – Modern Pentathlete
- Kat Copeland – Rower
- Matt Langridge – Rower
- Tom Ransley – Rower
- Helen Richardson-Walsh – Women’s Hockey Player
- Elinor Barker – Cyclist
- Margaret Adeoye – Sprinter
- Caitlin McClatchey – Swimmer
- Dr Paul Ford MBE – Head of Sport Engagement at the British Olympic Association
It was announced on 10th Feb that the University of Hull Team GB partnership has been shortlisted for a Sport Industry Award 2022 in the Partnership Award category.
We are really proud to be recognised amongst some of the sports industry’s most prestigious and well respected organisations. Other nominees in the prestigious award category include Lucozade Sport, McDonald's & UK Football Associations and EA Sports FIFA. The Sports Industry Awards are an annual awards ceremony showcasing and celebrating the immense work in the sports sector, from delivering world-leading events of all formats and scale, using platforms to drive social change or developing creative campaigns that reverberate throughout the industry and beyond.
Nicole Jensen is the Project Manager for the Team GB partnership, this is what she had to say about the announcement:
“I am thrilled that our partnership with Team GB has been recognised for one of the sports industry’s most prestigious awards and I am so proud of what has been delivered to date and it makes me even more excited for the next 3 years of the partnership to see what else we can achieve. Thank you to our partner Team GB for their continued support and also to all the colleagues, students and community members who have been so supportive of the partnership.”