Sporting icons honoured in Hall of Fame

Three new names have been added to the University's Sports Hall of Fame which honours students, graduates, and staff who have distinguished themselves in the world of sport.

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One of this year's honourees is Jasmin Paris, an ultramarathon runner and veterinarian at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Science.

Paris has made history as the first woman to complete the Barkley Marathons, one of the world's most challenging endurance races. In 2024, she finished the 100-mile competition, featuring 63,000 feet of elevation gain, within the 60-hour time limit.

Her accomplishments also include a record-breaking 24-hour ascent of 29 Munros and a victory in the 268-mile Spine Race across the Pennine Way, which she completed in just over 83 hours.

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Joining her in the Hall of Fame is JJ Chalmers, a Scottish television presenter and Invictus Games medallist.

After sustaining severe injuries in a bomb blast while serving with the Royal Marines in Afghanistan in 2011, Chalmers triumphed at the 2014 Invictus Games, securing three medals, including gold in the recumbent road cycling.

He has since transitioned to a successful broadcasting career, covering major events like the Paralympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, and the London Marathon, while advocating for veterans and disabled athletes.

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Lucy Hope, a seven-time European champion swimmer, is also among the inductees.

Hope made her Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 and has excelled in both national and international competitions. Her impressive record includes multiple medals at the British Swimming Championships and significant contributions to her team's success in European relay events.

Her dedication and skill earned her a spot in the Great Britain squad for the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics.

Organisers said that these inductees exemplify the excellence, perseverance, and dedication that the University seeks to celebrate through its Sports Hall of Fame, which was established in 2008.

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