Sports students put through their paces by gold medallist

Sports students put through their paces by gold medallist

Sports students at the University of Wolverhampton were put through their paces by double Paralympic gold medallist, Danielle Brown MBE, when she visited the Walsall Campus as a guest lecturer recently.

An Honorary Fellow of the University, Danielle delivered a two hour lecture to 19 students studying Sport and Exercise Science and Exercise and Health.  Her focus was on her experiences of sport psychology as an elite athlete, offering a unique insight into how it can help sports performance at the very top level.

Danielle told students: “I was not impressed with my early experiences of sport psychology, but through experience I learned how vitally important sport psychology is in order to perform both well and consistently.”

Tracey Devonport, Reader in Sport and Exercise Psychology in the University of Wolverhampton’s Faculty of Education, Health & Wellbeing, said:  “Danielle is an inspiration being a double Paralympic gold medallist in archery, a three time world champion and world number one for her entire career – all whilst studying for a Law degree and getting a first class!

Danielle Brown MBE gives guest lecture at Walsall Campus.

“It’s so important for students to hear inspirational stories which empower them to overcome challenges they might face and to see the benefits first-hand of working hard to achieve their goals. At the University of Wolverhampton, sport is not just about competing and winning, it’s about inspiring students to make the most of every opportunity available to them.”

Claudia Ross, third year Sports & Exercise Science student, said:  “It was amazing to hear Danielle’s story and to find out what she had achieved during her sporting career.  We learn a lot on our courses about both mental and physical challenges, and are taught techniques to overcome them, but to actually hear a real life experience of someone who has excelled in her sport was really inspirational.”

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Date Issued: 15th April 2016

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