Canoeist Receives Scholarship to Chase International Ambitions

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A University of Worcester Physical Education and Sports Studies student has been awarded a £750 scholarship from the University to help her achieve her international sporting ambitions.

Callie Halliday, from Malvern, is ranked seventh in the country in Canoe Slalom, and is training at Hertfordshire’s Lee Valley White Water Centre – venue for canoeing at the London 2012 Olympics – in preparation for Great Britain under 23 and senior trials, which will be held in March.

It is the second year in succession that Callie has been supported by the University in this way, and she says that the money is vital as she looks to fund a hectic winter training schedule.

“The University Scholarship really helps me to train down in London, and I am very grateful to receive it again,” she says. “I can’t wait now to get into full winter training in the gym and in London.”

20 year-old Callie, who took up the sport at the age of twelve, has represented England at senior events and has travelled around Europe to compete and train at some of the continent’s best courses.

“The London course is a great venue,” she adds. “I’m lucky enough to have seen some amazing places all around Europe due to canoeing, and it’s allowed me to experience different venues and cultures, which is great.”

University of Worcester students are invited to apply for scholarships - up to the value of £1,000 – to assist with extra-curricular activities in areas such as sport, music or the arts.

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