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Promising Young Athlete Awarded University Scholarship

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One of the region’s most promising young sprinters has been awarded a Scholarship by the University of Worcester to help fund her ambition to add to her already-impressive medal haul.

Ann Ika-Oqua, who studies Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University, has won a host of national and regional junior titles and hopes to impress at the British European Under 23 trials and the British University and College (BUCS) Championships as 2014 progresses.

She has been awarded funds by the University Scholarship Panel, which aims to benefit students who undertake extra-curricular activities in areas such as sport, music and the arts, as well as volunteering projects.

The 20 year-old, from Dudley, who has previously competed at 100m and 200m, but now favours the 400m event, says: “I am so grateful to have been awarded a Scholarship by the University of Worcester.

“My targets for this year include the European Under 23 trials and the BUCS Championships, and the Scholarship will help me fund things like transport and accommodation, which are among my biggest costs.”

Ann, who started running at the age of 12, has already earned podium finishes at events such as the National Amateur Athletics Championships and the English Schools Championships, and has set her sights on replicating these achievements on the biggest stage in the future.

She adds: “My long term goal is making the Olympics and World Championships at senior level, and I hope that the dedication and commitment which helped me achieve the University Scholarship can help me achieve my future goals as well.”

The University’s Scholarship Panel consider each applicant, with the next deadline for submission on March 1st 2014.