Tuesday, 21 October 2014
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.
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.
was all about athletics for me, but this year I thought that I should go out
and start studying for a degree,” he says.
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.
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.
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
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
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