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University's Athletes Continue to Star on International Stage

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The University of Worcester will be represented at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this month, adding to the University’s Elite Athlete Mentor Scheme’s growing list of successes.

 The scheme was established in September 2013, and is designed to help students competing in high-level sport reach their academic and sporting potential.

Mentors Charlotte Beaman, Lecturer in Physical Education, and Christian Edwards, Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching Science, develop bespoke strategies to help and support student athletes, utilising the outstanding facilities of the University of Worcester Arena and the considerable expertise within the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science.

One of their athletes, Fiona Clarke, will represent England in the F37 category long jump event at the Commonwealth Games next month, and she says that the support she has received from the scheme has proved crucial.

“The backing they have given me has been brilliant; they have really supported me tremendously. Charlotte and Christian have been able to give me some great, useful advice which has helped me a lot in the run-up to the Games.”

Fiona’s selection for the England squad maintains the run of international success enjoyed by other student athletes this year.

Sophie Carrigill, a first year Psychology student, has recently returned from Canada, where she captained Great Britain’s wheelchair basketball team to their best ever placing in a World Championships – they defeated London 2012 runners-up Australia to claim fifth.

Dan Geisler, who is studying for a PGCE at the University, registered a highly impressive seventh-place finish in his age category at the recent Duathlon World Championships in Spain, after being supported through illness and injury by the Elite Athlete Mentor Scheme.

Another student selected to represent her country at a World Championships this year was second year student Amy Stringer, who reached the finals in the Kata category in the recent World Karate Championships, held in Italy.

Amy says: “I have been mentored by Charlotte, and she has been a great; I'm so thankful for her guidance. The advice and the support that she has given have helped me balance and succeed in both my athlete and student life."