Aussie cricketing legend Gillespie receives honorary degree
ONE of Australia's best-loved cricketers, who has been integral to Yorkshire's recent County Championship success, has received an honorary degree from Leeds Beckett University.
Yorkshire County Cricket Club's First team coach, Jason Gillespie, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Sport Science on Monday 25 July.
As a player, Jason was part of a golden era for Australian cricket taking 402 wickets for his country in all forms of international cricket, including 259 in 71 Tests.
'Dizzy', as he's known throughout the world of cricket, is Australia's sixth highest wicket-taker in Test cricket and his playing career will also always be remembered for a stunning double-century he scored as a night-watchman against Bangladesh in his last Test match.
Speaking about receiving the award, Jason said: "If I'm perfectly honest it's a bit surreal and something I never envisaged, that I'd be receiving this honorary doctorate today. As a professional cricket player and as a coach you don't really think of awards, but you focus on the job at hand and what you need to do to be as effective as possible. To be recognised in this way is very humbling.
"My message to the graduating students today is simply to trust yourself and back yourself and enjoy the ride as well. It's a big wide world out there so embrace it and try and do things that you really love doing."
Jason has been First team coach at Yorkshire since 2012 and guided the White Rose to County Championship promotion in his first season in charge as well as to the final of the Friends Life t20 and to the Champions League t20 competition. Whilst in his second season in charge, he oversaw Yorkshire's second-placed finish in the top tier of the Championship.
In 2014 Jason claimed the first title of his coaching career when Yorkshire saw off the challenge of second-placed Warwickshire and third-placed Nottinghamshire to win the Championship title for the first time in 13 years. He helped Yorkshire to repeat their County Championship success in 2015, the county's first consecutive titles since 1968 as well as being appointed as Adelaide's T20 Strikers coach
Leeds Beckett University Chancellor, Sir Bob Murray CBE, said: "In recent years Yorkshire have enjoyed stellar success, winning back-to-back County Championships with style. Jason has been at the heart of this success, instilling confidence and belief into their side and ensuring that nothing is left to chance.
"It is a privilege for us to recognise the contribution that Jason has brought, and continues to bring, to sport at both a regional and international level."
The full list of honorary degrees to be awarded by Leeds Beckett University is:
Monday 25 July, 11am - Stephanie Hirst, Hon Doctorate of the University. Stephanie is an award-winning radio DJ, TV presenter, broadcaster and an icon of the UK transgender community.
Monday 25 July, 5pm - Jason Gillespie, Hon Doctorate of Sport Science. Jason is First team coach at Yorkshire County Cricket Club. He was part of a golden era for Australian cricket, taking 402 wickets for his country in all forms of international cricket.
- Tuesday 26 July, 11am - Martin Lewis OBE, Hon Doctorate of Arts. Martin is the founder of MoneySavingExpert.com and an award-winning TV and radio presenter.
- Tuesday 26 July, 2pm - Peter Smith MBE, Hon Doctorate of Sport Science. Peter is the former Manager of the Leeds Sports Development Team at Leeds City Council and the figurehead behind many of Leeds's great sporting events.
- Tuesday 26 July, 5pm - Jason Davidson, Hon Doctorate of Sport Science. Jason is Head of Athletic Performance at Leeds Rugby. He has established himself as one of the leading conditioners in British sport.
- Tuesday 26 July, 5pm - Harry Jepson OBE, Hon Doctorate of Education. Harry is the President of Leeds Rhinos and Chairman of the Rugby League Conference.
- Wednesday 27 July, 11am - Richard Demarco CBE, Hon Doctorate of Arts. Richard is a British artist and patron of European visual and performing arts.
- Wednesday 27 July, 2pm - Professor Paul Rogers, Hon Doctorate of Laws. Paul is Global Security Consultant to Oxford Research Group and a Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University.
- Wednesday 27 July, 5pm - Professor Nick Hardwick CBE, Hon Doctorate of Laws. Nick is the former Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons, taking responsibility for providing independent scrutiny of detention in England and Wales.
- Thursday 28 July, 11am - Colin Glass, Hon Doctorate of Business Administration. Colin is a chartered accountant and was a founding partner of his practice, Winburn Glass Norfolk ('WGN') in 1975.
- Thursday 28 July, 2pm - Lou McGrath OBE, Hon Doctorate of Laws. Lou is founding member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Nobel Peace Prize medallist.
- Thursday 28 July, 5pm - Martyn Moxon, Hon Doctorate of Sport Science. Martyn is Director of Cricket at Yorkshire County Cricket Club. In a playing career for Yorkshire spanning 17 seasons, he scored 21,161 first class runs.
- Thursday 28 July, 5pm - Liv Garfield, Hon Doctorate of Business Administration. Liv is CEO of Severn Trent Water and one of the youngest women ever to lead a FTSE 100 company.