Talented Athlete Programme

The Students’ Union Talented Athlete Programme aims to support high performing athletes who are studying for a world class degree at Queen Mary. We will offer support to each athlete to achieve the degree and performance goals whilst at Queen Mary.

The focus will be on athlete wellbeing and empowering athletes to steer their own dual career aspirations.

  • Prioritise athlete’s wellbeing
  • Support towards dual career aspirations
  • Supporting athletes to get a degree result they have aimed for
  • Support towards performance targets
  • Raising awareness of the programme through BUCS points and status of athletes

Athletes who are accepted on the programme will have access to the below:

  • Lifestyle support meetings for Student Athletes on the programme
  • Annual Gym Membership
  • Athlete Kit
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Collaborative work with your coaches
  • Work with your academic departments (Dual career support)
  • Signposting to anything we cannot support you with
Safee Hamid

Sport: Badminton

Course: Economics

Achievements: Top 11 in the UK within age category. Top 35 in the UK for all ages. Won Suffolk tournament and Essex national tournaments.

Connie Hayes

Sport: Cycling

Course: Human Geography

Achievements: 16th at the elite national road circuit championships, 11th at national TT championships., 78th GP Iseburge international., 48th stage 1 tour de belle isle (pro uci race) and 18th in the Bristol GP elite national series.

Emily Goodchild

Sport: Fencing

Course: Medicine/PHD

Achievements: Currently 7th ranked GBR fencer in world ranking. Best international result was coming 7th at Antalia FIE competition.

Rianna Smith

Sport: Swimming

Course: Biology

Achievements: Top 10 in BUCS Nationals. Qualified for regional and national finals, finishing 6th at nationals in the 50fc.

Alexandra Oprisan

Sport: Badminton

Course: Computer Science with Management (ITMB)

Achievements: Silver medalist in U19 Estonian International tournament and representing England at a Junior level.

We are looking to support student athletes who can compete at the Olympic or Paralympic Games, typically those that have already represented their country at senior international level.

We will also consider applications from student athletes competing at a minimum of junior national/international level or equivalent. And Student athletes who compete in a non-Olympic sport, providing they compete at a comparable level and in a British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) sport.

Each application will be judged on a case-by-case basis.

Applications deadlines for 2021/22 academic year:
  • Sunday 26th September 2021
  • January date TBC

Please apply by clicking the button below (This application could take 15 minutes)

Apply here

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