York College Graduate Lewis Bulmer has scooped the second Society of Sports Therapists Student Travelling Scholarship to be awarded in 2018 and his sights are now firmly set on York University in Toronto, Canada.
This is the first time the award has gone to a York College student and 26 year old Lewis has double cause for celebration as he has also just been awarded a First Class Honours Degree in Sports Therapy.
Lewis came through a national round of applications from students at Society accredited universities and a tough interview process to come out on top. Hearing his name announced by Professor Graham N. Smith, Chair of The Society of Sports Therapists and one of the panel of interviewers, came as quite a shock to Lewis, He said:
‘I was stunned and absolutely speechless when Professor Smith announced my name. I didn’t expect to get this far. This is an amazing opportunity to work with different sports teams and experience academic life in Canada .’
Lewis will be hosted by Dr Loriann Hynes and her family during his stay. Dr Hynes is Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology & Health Science and was recently named winner of the Distinguished Athletic Therapy Educator Award presented by the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA). Dr Hynes flew to the UK to take part in the interview process.
Professor Smith who chaired the panel of interviewers which also included Keith Waldon, Vice Chair of The Society of Sports Therapists and Maggie McNerney, Director of Charles Whitney PR, was delighted both for Lewis and York College:
‘It was particularly exciting when the final decision was made and the candidate selected was Lewis Bulmer. As the first graduate winner of the Award from the Society accredited York College programme, it is a great reflection not only on the hard work undertaken by all of the staff at the college but also the quality and resourcefulness of the students who undertake their programme. I know that Lewis will really enjoy both his time at York University and working with a really motivated Athletic Therapy team. He will also see how committed York University is to promoting sporting excellence. Lewis will be a great ambassador for York College and The Society pf Sports Therapists.’
Life is anything but quiet for Lewis, who is clearly not afraid of hard work. Along with working as a personal trainer at Pure Gym in York, Lewis undertook a very successful paid internship with York City Knights Rugby League team, working with the players at training and on match days. Lewis hopes to return to the club on his return from Canada,
Lewis narrowly missed crossing paths with the famous Toronto Wolfpack Rugby League side, the world’s first transatlantic major professional sports team, as they were promoted to UK Rugby League’s Championship division last season just as the Knights moved into League One.
While Rugby League is not a major sport in Canada, Lewis’s work at the club will stand him in good stead as he gets to grips with learning about grid iron football, ice hockey and many other sports.
We wish him well.