Cup draw has Olympic appeal

Date published: Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Olympic dream will come to Leeds next week when two of Great Britain’s medal hopes for the London Games will conduct the draw for the fifth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.

Race-walker and Commonwealth Gold medallist Johanna Jackson, and Louis Speight, a wheelchair sprinter and World Number 2 at 100m-800m, will draw the home and away teams in the last 16 of the world’s oldest and most prestigious Rugby League competition.

The draw takes place on Monday April 16 at 3.00pm when the world class theme will be reflected in the magnificent setting of Broadcasting Place, which was recently named as the best new tall building on the planet.

“We are delighted that two Olympians of the calibre of Johanna and Louis have accepted our invitation to conduct the draw,” said RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer.

“The Challenge Cup final at Wembley on August 25 takes place between the Olympics and Paralympics and will be one of the highlights of a memorable sporting year for the UK.”

The 14 Engage Super League clubs hit the Wembley trail for the first time in 2012 this weekend when 16 fourth round ties will be played.

Johanna and Louis are students at Leeds Metropolitan University, title sponsors of the Carnegie Challenge Cup, and both train at the Carnegie Faculty.

Broadcasting Place hosts the faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology at Leeds Metropolitan University and was the recipient of the Best Tall Building in the World award by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.