Go, Johnny, Go!

Famous alumnus, Johnny Mowlem, has been inducted into the University’s Sporting Hall of Fame.

Johnny Mowlem (fourth from right) with his Hall of Fame entry, flanked by (from left) Leeds University Union (LUU) Chief Executive, Aidan Grills; Executive Dean, Education, Professor Jeremy Higham; Head of Sport and Physical Activity, Suzanne Glavin; Chief Operating Officer, Dr Tim Peakman; LUU Deputy Chief Executive, Hannah Brian; Chief Financial Officer, Jane Madeley, and Director, Commercial and Campus Support, Stewart Ross

Johnny, who graduated from Geography and Spanish in 1988, is one of Great Britain’s most successful racing drivers, having been ranked amongst the top sports car and GT drivers in the world.

His career began in 1989, and he was crowned British Champion a mere six years later.

During his career, Johnny has competed in every class of sports car world championship racing, with victories and podiums at virtually all of the major endurance events, including the 24 Hours of Daytona and the world famous Le Mans 24 Hours.

Johnny was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the University’s sports scholarship awards evening – an event celebrating successful students awarded a scholarship for the year ahead.

Prior to the presentations, Johnny spent time with the sports scholars talking about his career and success, inspiring our students at the beginning of their own sporting careers.

And Johnny will continue to inspire our students in the future by supporting the sports scholarship programme, helping students gain sporting success whilst still studying for a world class degree.

You can take a look at the full Sporting Hall of Fame by visiting The Edge. It’s located alongside the sport scholarship board, where you can read more about Johnny and all our other Hall of Fame recipients, including:

  • Rebecca Gallantree, Sports Science 2005, Great Britain diver
  • Carol Isherwood OBE, History 1982 and PGCE Education 1984, Great Britain rugby union player and founder of the Rugby Football Union for Women
  • Andrew Shovlin, Mechanical Engineering 1995 and PhD in Mechanical Engineering 1999, Formula 1 Chief race engineer
  • Ray French MBE, General Studies 1961, England rugby union and rugby league player, rugby league commentator
  • Giles Long MBE, Geology 1997, three-time Paralympic swimming champion; and
  • Simon Mason, Economics 1994, Great Britain hockey player and Vice-President of England Hockey.
* Homepage image courtesy of www.johnthawley.com

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