Sporting Excellence Scholar: George Naiwo

George’s greatest aspiration is to turn his sporting passion into a company with his brother. 

"Our aim is to utilise my degree course and take the two biggest components in supporting athletes to develop a unique company that acts as an agency and strength and conditioning coach – training athletes, whilst getting them a job."

A close family support network is the secret behind his success so far. He describes his mother as his biggest role model: 

"She always keeps going, she never gives up and this is a quality I hope to embody." 

At a young age, George fell in love with basketball and his dream soon became to study with Plymouth University and play with Plymouth University Raiders. George is currently studying FdSc Strength and Conditioning and Sports Coaching. Balancing training and study is second nature to George, who has his eye firmly on the target.

It was watching the Raiders play London Lions that inspired George to follow his passion and try-out with the Raiders. He always remembered that ‘Success isn't given. It's earned. On the track, on the field, in the gym. With blood, sweat and the occasional tear.’ - Nike. So immediately he was intrigued and knew straight away that: 

"I wanted to become a part of the team. I knew I wouldn't give up until I achieved that. I am excited to develop my leadership skills, learn life lessons, and gain more confidence as well as helping others gain them as well." 

Jay Marriot head coach of Plymouth Raiders, our sporting partners, was excited to welcome George to the Division 3 club:

"Playing an active part in our Plymouth University Basketball Club, George is a keen and confident player coach and highly values the opportunities he is being given in Plymouth."  

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