Black History Season: Audience with Leon Baptiste at University of Leicester

Successful athlete to deliver public lecture on 11th November

leon-baptiste-ap.jpg10th November 2010: As part of Black History Season, the University of Leicester is holding a talk with England’s sprint star Leon Baptiste on Thursday, 11th November.

Champion Baptiste will talk about his sporting experiences and career achievements that have led him to the top.

The event is organised as collaboration between the Study at Leicester Team and Leicester Coritanian Athletic Club, which competes at all levels in senior and junior athletics.

Student Recruitment Officer, Monica Kulkarni commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Leon to the University as part of Black History Season. Having achieved so much already, this is a fantastic opportunity for young athletes to hear and learn from his experiences, especially so soon after his gold medal winning performances at the Delhi Commonwealth Games. It will be really inspiring to hear firsthand how a young, successful, black athlete rises through the ranks of International athletics today and we’re really grateful Leon is able share this with us.”

Leon Baptiste is an English sprint runner specialising in 100 and 200 metres. He discovered his talent in athletics when he suffered an injury whilst only 14, which ruled him out of pursuing a career in football. Ever since, Baptiste has focused on the progress of his running career and done so successfully.

At the Delhi Commonwealth Games he won gold medals in 200 metres, ensuring England’s first sprint gold at the games since 1998, and as part of the English team in 4×100 metres relay.

Black History Season celebrates the contributions the black community has made throughout the history. The purpose of this talk is to demonstrate that the community continues to be prominent in this, with Baptiste being a perfect example.
Members of the audience will have a chance to ask Baptiste questions and any advice he may have for them.

The event is taking place at 6pm in Lecture Theatre 1 in Ken Edwards Building. It is free and open to all.

To register or for more information
Monica Kulkarni,
Tel: 0116 223 2189
[email protected]


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