We love sharing the successes of our scholars and were especially proud that not one, but two of our current students, who swam in the Tokyo Olympics this summer, were recipients of the Sporting Talent Scholarship. This scholarship is funded entirely by donations from our incredibly generous graduates and staff, and we are delighted to hear the impact that such generous donations have had.

Danielle Hill swam in the 50m freestyle and 100m Backstroke while Jack McMillan swam in the 4x200m freestyle relay in Tokyo. Danielle is now competing in Naples in the International Swimming League while Jack is back home currently finishing his degree.

Both students have gruelling training schedules, both in and out of the water, and manage to combine these with their studies. They are now both in the final year of a BSc Hons Sport and Exercise Science degree and we commend their hard work and dedication to reach this point. Both are also hoping for selection to represent Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham next year.

Danielle and Jack are both hugely grateful to all those who donated to the Student Opportunity Fund in order to make their Sporting Talent Scholarship, and indeed their sporting dreams a reality.

Danielle said:

“Swimming requires early mornings and late nights, with no time for working in between. The Student Opportunity Fund Sporting Talent Scholarship has not only allowed me to continue reaching my goals in the water as a full-time athlete, but also as a student, relieving any financial stresses. Thank you.”