Dental student rows to success and picks up Sport Manchester award
Dental student Zak Lee Green is celebrating after recently being
named as "Sportsman of the Year" at The University of Manchester's
Sport Manchester Athletics Union awards dinner at the National
Football Museum, just a week after winning the gold medal in the
Championship Lightweight Single Sculls.
Zak, a fifth year BDS student at the University Dental Hospital
of Manchester (UDHM), took up rowing at age 15 after being
introduced to the sport during school activities sessions at
Llandaff Rowing Club and soon became hooked.
Already a keen and competitive swimmer, he quickly discovered
his skill at rowing proved more successful and says realising he
was a lot better at beating people at rowing than swimming helped
him decide to commit to the sport. In 2007 he began training with
the Welsh Squad, winning gold in the junior men's quad at the Home
International Regatta in 2009.
Zak, who is part of the GB Rowing Team's Start Programme,
sponsored by Siemens, rows with the GB Development Squad Rowing
Team and has successfully competed in both the lightweight single
and double scull classes in the 2010, 2012 and 2013 World Rowing
U23 Championships and the 2012 GB Rowing Team Senior Trials.
On receiving the award Zak paid tribute to the support he
received from the Dental School and UDHM and said: "It's a real
honour to be winner of sportsman of the year. I've had an
incredible amount of support throughout my five years studying at
the University including the sports scholarship programme and the
generous support from the Dental School which has enabled me to buy
a new top of the range boat this year.
"Thank you to everyone who has helped me so far, the award is as
much theirs as it is mine."
Zak receiving his award from James
Hickman, President of the UoM Sporting Excellence Club, and retired