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Sprint Star Determined to Make His Mark in the Classroom

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British sprint sensation Matthew Hudson-Smith says he is looking forward to continuing to thrive both on the track and in the classroom after enrolling at the University of Worcester.

19 year-old Matthew enjoyed a stunning summer, winning gold as part of England’s 4x400m relay squad at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, before claiming individual silver and relay gold over the same distance for Great Britain at the World Championships in Zurich.

Tipped for even greater success in the future, the Wolverhampton-born athlete is now keen to make his mark academically as well, having just begun his PE and Sports Coaching Science course at Worcester.

“Last year was all about athletics for me, but this year I thought that I should go out and start studying for a degree,” he says.

“It’s not just the fact that this degree is going to help me as an athlete, it’s the fact that I can also use it to help develop others too. I want to be a coach eventually and this is the first step towards that.”

After what he describes as a ‘crazy’ summer, Matthew says that both the location and the facilities on offer at the University convinced him to come to Worcester, where he will be supported by the University’s Elite Athlete Mentor programme, which is designed to help students competing at regional, national or international level maximise both their sporting and academic talents.

With the Rio De Janeiro Olympics now less than two years away, and the prospect of World Championships in Beijing next year to contend with, Matthew believes that the support he will receive during his studies will be vital.

“The support network here is good; it caters to my needs and everything is tailored around the individual, which I like,” he says. “I’m not sure how it’s going to work in terms of balancing my studies when the big competitions come along, but thankfully they’re very supportive here, so I know I’ll be helped out.

“My main goals at the moment are obviously the World Championships next year and then the 2016 Olympics, but I take things one step at a time. I’m happy to be here, and hopefully I can go on to achieve good things on the track and in terms of my studying.”

Mick Donovan, the Head of the University’s Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, adds: “We have a very strong tradition for supporting students who strive to succeed as academics and as athletes, and we have been delighted to welcome Matthew to the University.”

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