European women’s diving champion Sarah Barrow has started a Sports Journalism Masters degree at the University of St Mark & St John in her home city.
Plymothian Barrow became the first British female to win an individual diving gold medal at the European championships since 1927 when she topped the 10m platform podium in Berlin in August.
Now the 26-year-old, who is already targeting competing for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, aims to further enhance her academic prowess after becoming the university’s newest elite sport scholar.
Delighted Barrow, who won a synchronised silver at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow alongside Tonia Couch, said: "I am really excited about starting a Masters degree at the University of St Mark & St John and feel very lucky to be on the scholarship programme.
“The part-time Masters along with the scholarship enables me to study and continue to train at a professional level.
“Staff at St Mark & St John have already shown incredible support and I hope the university continues to work closely with Plymouth Diving.”
Barrow becomes the latest high profile sport scholar to study at the university, which already boasts Commonwealth Games double gold medal-winning sprint swimmer Ben Proud and top British divers Robyn Birch, Rhea Gayle and Megan Sylvester among its team of elite sport scholars.
Sport Journalism programme leader, Mike Baker, who is overseeing Barrow's Masters work as her supervisor, said: “Sarah is keeping one eye on her future after her diving career, and has already expressed her desire to work in the sports media industry when she finishes competing.
“We have worked out a schedule which takes in doing her university work in between training camps all over the world, major competitions and even Rio in 2016. Sarah is a determined and very organised person so we are both confident she will hit all of her targets in and out of the pool.
“She is going to be looking at the role played by women in the sports media industry, which is something she has a fair bit of experience of already. And she has even more contacts in the media industry than me, so I'm looking forward to some of the outcomes of her research projects.
“It’s really interesting to be working with an elite athlete in an academic sense and Sarah has already proved to be a model student. As she says, she spends a lot of time on planes, so at least the reading won't be a problem.”
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