Starring role for students on Sky TV

UNIVERSITY of Derby Buxton students were seen racing down the white water of Nottingham’s National Water Sports Centre on Sky Sports News last weekend, after being asked to demonstrate paddle sports on the channel’s Get Involved programme.

Sky Sports News broadcasts Get Involved each Saturday, with the aim of giving viewers more information on how to become more active in unusual sports.

The programme focuses on a new sport each week, and has demonstrated activities like handball and sailing. Last Saturday, the programme focused on white water rafting, and featured six Buxton students trying out the sport at the Holme Pierrepont National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham.

The six Outdoor Activity Management degree students involved were Jodie Howley, John Buckle, Callum Morrison, Matt Foster, Martin Ochiltree and Jenny Philips.

Experience

All six, who are part of the Derby University Canoe and Kayaking Club, were invited to experience white water rafting in front of the Sky Sports’ cameras.

Jodie, 21, said: “The whole day was fantastic. To have the chance to go down the white water at the National Watersports Centre – and appear on TV - was a great opportunity for us, and another experience we can take back to our Outdoor Activities degree programmes.”

The programme was aired throughout Saturday to over ten million viewers. The video of the students can be found at www.skysports.com/getinvolved.