Every year UoB Sport Scholarships welcomes a number of new and returning student-athletes from a range of sports onto our scholarship programme, and this year is no different! From Athletics to Judo, we’ve taken a look at our hot list of incoming sport scholars, including those on our Club Sport Scholarships programme, with a special shout out to the returning scholars that they will be joining!
An exciting addition to the already-impressive endurance squad here at Birmingham, is GB Junior representative and European Athletics U20 800m champion, Oliver Dustin. Since claiming his maiden international title for Great Britain in thrilling style, incoming Chemistry student Oliver headlined the 50-strong team for Manchester International, where he produced a big last 100m to win the men’s 800m in 1:50.08. This helped the British Junior team to a third place finish overall.
GB Judoker Yasmin Javadian is the U21 -52kg Champion, ranked 5th in Europe, and ranked top-10 in the world. She recently competed at the Prague Junior European Cup 2019, where she took 5th place and has since been selected to represent Great Britain at the Junior European Championships in Finland next month. Yasmin will be studying Dentistry from September.
England U20 winger Cara Clarke, who will be studying Physics come the new academic year, plays for Worcester Warrior Women’s, formerly known as Worcester Valkyries, in the Tyrells Premier 15s – the highest level of English elite women’s rugby – and was the England U20’s top try scorer of the 2018 season. Her biggest achievement to date is winning gold at the European U18 7s Championships with the England U18 team, and will join Worcester teammate and current scholar Laura Keates on the programme.
In addition to our brand new scholars, we are also delighted to be welcoming back into the UoB Sport & Fitness family:
American Football – Eddie Onamade (Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Sciences)
Archery – Eleanor Piper (Material Science and Engineering) and Rebekah Tipping (PhD in Structural Metallic Systems)
Athletics – Isabelle Boffey (Biomedical Science), Amelia Quirk (Biomedical Material Science), Jake Porter (MSc in Sport, Exercise and Business Management), James Gormley (Mechanical Engineering), Niamh Brown (Philosophy) and Francesca Brint (Mathematics with Study in Continental Europe)
Badminton – Samodani Wijetunge (Medicine)
Cycling – Anna Henderson (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences) and Molly Patch (History of Art)
Fencing – Ben Bates (Medicine)
Golf – Aled Greville (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)
Hockey – Eddie Way (Mechanical Engineering), Catherine Ledesma (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences) and Jolyon Morgan (Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Sciences)
Judo – Holly Bentham (Geology and Physical Geography)
Karate – Mairi Kerin (PhD in Mechanical Engineering)
Netball – Francesca Williams (Economics) and Ellie Rattu (Biomedical Science)
Rugby – Laura Keates (Dentistry) and Joe Tunney (Geography and Urban and Regional Planning)
Squash – Jan Van Den Herrewegen (MSc Cyber Security) and Stuart MacGregor (Human Biology)
Swimming – Jessica Shaw (Mathematics) and Isobel Griffiths (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)
In addition to our exciting list of UoB Sport Scholars, a number of student-athletes have been awarded a place on our Club Sport Scholarship programme, formerly the Talent ID scheme. This provides the opportunity for talented athletes to gain additional performance support to aid development and progression as they transition through their respective age groups, whilst supporting overall BUCS performance within our UoB Sport and Fitness Clubs. These athletes are competing at a junior national level and above within their sport or discipline, and this year we welcome over 30 Club Sport Scholars to the programme!
What a list! We can’t wait to get to work and see how all of our sport scholars get on throughout the 2019/20 year!