Scholar stories

Meet our sports scholars

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Liam Mcgarry

Liam, a BU student and para powerlifter, has faced more than most students but he continues to excel in his sport. Watch Liam's story.
Noorin Gulam weightlifting

Noorin Gulam

Noorin’s passion and talent for weightlifting started at a young age and in 2019, all of her hard work paid off  she won gold in the World Weightlifting Championships. 

Chloe Thomas at the World Team Table Tennis Championships

Chloe Thomas

See how Chloe, now a BU graduate, applied the same disciplines to her studies as she did her table tennis career  and achieved success in both. 

All of our sports scholars are elite athletes who are dedicated to performing at the highest level in both their sport and studies. They represent BU in British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS), competing individually or within leagues. Some scholars have gone on to compete internationally and continue to excel in their sport.

With the support of the SportBU team and their sports scholarship, all of our scholars have access to a range of support (physical, financial and emotional) to help them be the very best that they can be.

Read on to discover their stories. Some detail their sporting journeys so far, while others are a first-hand account of a particular event or competition.

2021/22 scholar stories

Jess Campbell

Jess Campbell

After a tough season representing BU in the badminton women's first team at singles in the Premier Division, Jess entered the Dorset Senior Tier 4 tournament feeling her fittest yet. 

Meg Davis with teammates

Meg Davis

Cheerleading scholar Meg reflects on personal and team successes in her time with BU Falcons.

Rosie competing in a hockey match, being challenged by an opponent

Rosie Martineau

Hockey scholar Rosie tells us about her season with the BU first team.

SportBU: Mark Westbrook (June 2022)

Mark Westbrook

Mountain biking scholar Mark tells about his epic effort at this 12-hour event.
Izzy Sperry during a lift with a bar weight

Izzy Sperry

Izzy takes us through taking home a weightlifting silver at the BUCS Championships.
Surrey Storm team photo

Charlotte Masters

Charlotte rounds up her netball season, captaining Surrey Storm U21s.
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Ellie Worrall

Ellie tells us about bringing home Gold at her first competition in the higher U57kg weight category.
Ashleigh Doyle

Ashleigh Doyle

Trampolinist, Ashlegh Doyle, has had an extremely successful year with an inspirational portfolio of achievements, including being called up to represent TeamGB.
Ben Harris

Ben Harris

BU Sports Scholar and British Youth Sailor, studying BSc (Hons) Product Design at BU.

Staff and students’ stories

It’s not just our sport scholars who achieve incredible physical feats and get involved in sporting activity throughout the year. Read some stories from our wider community:

Denise Castle fight

Denise Castle

Denise Castle, travels to Dubai for her latest boxing showdown. Read her aspirations and watch her Pro Boxing Highlights.

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Issa Batrane

Issa Batrane

While studying at BU, Issa’s beach volleyball career went from strength to strength. Read about Issa’s incredible sporting achievements.

Danielle Broom

Danielle Broom

BU athlete Danielle is starting to make her mark on the athletics circuit. And she’s benefitting from her sports scholarship too.

Elliott Brown

Elliott Brown

Elliott shares his experience of competing in the 2018 British Weightlifting Championships.

Richard Cheetham

Richard Cheetham

Student golfer Richard took first place in the BUCS Golf Tour: Midlands Tournament and is now in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. See how he got there. 

Noorin Gulam weightlifting

Noorin Gulam

Noorin’s passion and talent for weightlifting started at a young age and in 2019, all of her hard work paid off  she won gold in the World Weightlifting Championships. 

Matthew Hibbs

Matthew Hibbs

Read Matthew’s first-hand, honest account of competing in the Boyd Quaich Memorial Golf Tournament in St Andrews.

Liam Mcgarry's story promo

Liam Mcgarry

Liam, a BU student and para powerlifter, has faced more than most students but he continues to excel in his sport. Watch Liam's story.
Saskia Sills

Saskia Sills

Saskia’s windsurfing career hasn’t been straightforward. Yet through her resilience, Saskia picked up a medal in the 2019 World Cup Series.

Matthew Spencer & Louise Burgess TeamBU rugby players

Matthew Spencer & Louise Burgess

TeamBU rugby players Matthew and Louise were selected to play in the English Universities rugby 7s teams. Read about their experience.
Megan Stovell

Megan Stovell

BU Falcons cheerleader and Cheer Coach Megan led the team to become Grand Champions at the 2020 Legacy University Nationals. Here’s Megan’s story. 

Samantha Sutton

Samantha Sutton

Samantha’s travelled all over the world pursuing her love of surfing. She’s now balancing studying for her Master’s and competing in national and international surfing events.

Chloe Thomas at the World Team Table Tennis Championships

Chloe Thomas

See how Chloe, now a BU graduate, applied the same disciplines to her studies as she did her table tennis career  and achieved success in both. 

Brityn Vreeland at the British University & College Weightlifting Championships

Brityn Vreeland

Read about Brityn’s sporting journey to the British University & College Weightlifting Championships.

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TASS accreditation

Backed by Sport England, the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) helps you successfully balance your sporting career and studies – so you don't have to choose between the two.

Trial and Taster Sessions

Trial and Taster Sessions

If you think you have what it takes to become a Performance Sport athlete, you will need to try out for Team BU. Find out how to register and when our trials take place

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Strength & Conditioning training

Strength & Conditioning sessions prepare you for the physical demands of your sport to ensure you are able to perform your best.