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Rugby veteran receives sporting honour

(16 June 2003)

Rugby veteran and Durham University graduate Mark Bailey has been honoured with a place in his old university’s sporting hall of fame.

Mark Bailey, who gained seven full caps on the wing for England between 1984 and 1990, received his Honorary Palatinate award at the Durham University Athletic Union annual Palatinate dinner.

Palatinates are the “sporting colours” of the University presented each year to prominent students in a wide range of sports. The Honorary Palatinates are given to graduates of Durham who have made their mark at international level.

Mark Bailey, a former student at the College of St Hild and St Bede (1979-82), completed seven full caps for England including playing in the inaugural World Cup in 1987. He captained England at every level for which he was selected. Away from the international scene, he played for Wasps, winning the League in 1990, as well as for London Division and Barbarians. Mark has another hidden talent apart from rugby having played cricket for Suffolk in the Minor Counties Championship between 1980 and 1992 including three years as captain. Mark is now Headmaster of Leeds Grammar School

Peter Warburton, Director of Sport, said: “We are proud to have graduates who have gone onto excel at their chosen sports. They are not only making fantastic contributions to national and international sport but are also an inspiration to our current students. We have one of the highest sporting participation rates amongst UK universities with 92% of our students active in sport and we are committed to making sure academic achievement and sporting performance can continue to go hand in hand”.

Mark joins fellow Durham graduates who have already been awarded Honorary Palatinates:

Rugby: Will Carling, Phil de Glanville, Peter Dixon
Cricket: Frank Tyson, Nasser Hussain
Athletics: Jonathan Edwards
Football: Warren Bradley
Rowing and other sports: Jock Wishart

Photo caption: Vice-Chancellor Sir Kenneth Calman (left) with Mark Bailey at the awards dinner (Photo by Phoenix Photography).
Further information:

Peter Warburton, Director of Sport, Tel: 0191 334 2175
Dionne Hamil, Public Relations Office, Tel: 0191 334 6078.

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