British Record holder and Olympic hopeful Ben Proud accepts scholarship offer with the University of St Mark & St John
This week another elite sports student signed up to study at the University of St Mark & St John (Marjon) in Plymouth. Ben Proud, 18 is currently the British 50m butterfly record holder and trains locally with Jon Rudd and the Plymouth Leander team
On Saturday Ben travels to Barcelona with 12 other swimmers to take part in the World Championships, where he hopes to build on his improving times. Ben has studied at Plymouth College but will join the students at Marjon in September on the BSc (Hons) Applied Sports Science for Coaching degree.
Stan Cinnamond Director of Sport commented: “We are delighted that Ben has chosen to study at the University of St Mark & St John whilst he pursues his swimming career. The University has experience of ensuring that elite athletes can combine their pursuit of a degree as well as focusing on their sporting goals. Current students such as Rhea Gayle and Robyn Birch, both GB divers, Commonwealth Junior Silver medallist swimmer Aaron Rickhuss and England U23 Women’s Footballer and World University Games Gold Medalist, Jemma Rose, have all benefited from the Elite Sport Scholarship scheme at the University. In addition to this the scholarship scheme has become an important part of a more comprehensive system of support that not only helps to retain high quality young sporting talent within the city but which also helps to attract high performers to Plymouth.”
Ben said: “Living in Plymouth I have been able to excel in my sport and having the option of continuing my studies at the University of St Mark & St John will be a great opportunity. Marjon will support me in many aspects, allowing me to focus on becoming a professional athlete whilst getting the high quality education any student could want. I am aiming for the 2016 Olympics so the next 3 years will be a challenging but exciting journey.”
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