Luke Whitehouse, a current HNC student and member of the Talented Athlete programme, is celebrating the New Year and the news of not only being shortlisted for a top award, but also being reselected to the Junior Top Squad as part of Great Britain’s Gymnastics High Performance Programme and to the Junior European Squad for 2020. 

Following an incredibly successful 2019 which included representing GB in Gymnastics at the European Youth Olympic Festival and winning a number of medals including silver as part of the England U18 team in Norway in March and in Germany where Luke won bronze individually all round and was part of team securing Gold, Luke has been shortlisted for the title of Young Sportsman of the Year at prestigious Leeds Sports Awards. Luke will find out if he has won at a special ceremony on 27th February. 

Luke studies Sport and Exercise Science and is a member of HNC's Talented Athlete Programme, meaning he is supported to fulfil his training commitments and achieve his sporting ambitions, whilst succeeding in his studies. You can read more about the programme here

Pete Lombard, Talented Athletes Programme Lead says: “2019 was an incredible year for Luke, and 2020 has already had an amazing start! Luke is already currently at his first squad training camp of the year, and we work closely with him to ensure he can excel in both his training and his studies. Being shortlisted for the Young Sportsman of the Year is a fantastic – and well deserved – achievement with Luke shortlisted alongside international stars and world champions. Luke’s successes so far have been phenomenal, and we of course very much hope he will win. He is a fantastic example of the sporting talent our programme supports, and we have been delighted to hear such fantastic news as we return to College in 2020.”

Angela Williams OBE, Principal comments: “Luke exemplifies the level of talent our Talented Athletes programme supports. As a College we are very proud of Luke! This is great news to start 2020, and we will keep our fingers crossed that he will win the well deserved title of Young Sports Person of the Year.”