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An International Taekwondo champion is graduating from Ulster University this year after completing her studies while also competing in three European competitions since 2015.

Rakia Alouane from Bangor graduates with a BSc Hons in Health Physiology on July 6 and has already started preparing for the 2018 European Championships in Estonia.

Rakia said:

“During my studies, the main issue I faced was balancing competitions with tests.  I competed in three European competitions, which meant I had a hard training schedule to keep up with.  I was lucky to have a supportive network through my lecturers and course director who were very understanding.

“Having such a tight schedule motivated me to work even harder and I’m delighted to be graduating this year."

Reflecting on her time as a student, Rakia said:

“I found studying at Ulster University a great experience and I’ve made friends for life.  The closeness of our class made the experience even better.  The course has definitely set me up for great opportunities and I was able to enjoy a short placement opportunity through the University at the Downe Hospital Cardiac Ward.  The experience was fantastic and gave me an insight into what it would be like to get a job in a similar setting.”

Jacqui Crawford, Course Director, Ulster University said:

“Rakia’s sporting success has been a major achievement for her on top of her studies.  During her time at Ulster University Rakia was an enthusiastic and committed student with a focus and determination which can only be of benefit in her future career."

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