Sporting Excellence Scholar: Sam Parker

Having always had a passion for sport, Sam Parker, originally from Kegworth, has been a successful triathlete since the age of 16 and now boasts some impressive titles; European Age Group Champion and he finished seventh at the World Age Group Championships.

 The highlight of the last 12 months for Sam was a unique experience which was achieved through hard work and determination 

“My highlight was racing the reigning Ironman Champion and Jenson Button in the same race, it was incredible”.

Now in his third year of BSc Human Biosciences with Plymouth University, Sam has proven that it is possible to achieve a balance between his two greatest passions – sport and study - through clever time management.

Since being awarded a Sporting Excellence Scholarship, Sam has taken advantage of the access to excellent facilities and expertise with Plymouth University and the Students’ Union, including the gym, strength and conditioning and sports therapy.

Sam has been able to develop his public sporting profile through networking events, and access expertise in social media in order to learn how to effectively market himself as an athlete.

"For me the financial support makes a huge difference as it removes the need to find part-time work in order to fund my sport, enabling me to focus more of my time and energy into achieving world-class success.”

Sam offers his advice to others awarded a Sporting Excellence Scholarship:

“Be sure it is what you want, commit to it and those involved will get a great deal out of the experience.”

The future for Sam will see him represent our University at high-level domestic events in the UK next season, the British Super Series and ultimately competing in an elite international start.

Plymouth University Sporting Excellence Scholarships

Sam Parker, International Triathlon Champion and BSc (Hons) Human Bioscience student.

Learn how Plymouth University is inspiring and enabling Sam Parker to achieve his sporting and academic goals at one of the UK's top universities.

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