Suffice to say, recent graduate Jarryd Dunn is on the right track after completing his academic studies. His immediate plans are to become a full-time athlete and break into the Great Britain team for upcoming world championships; with the long term aim of competing for his country in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
“Having completed my University studies, I am now able to devote more time to training. With one eye on the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year, my preparations are well underway to make the England team.
“Professional athletes have a short life competing at the top of their chosen sport. I wanted something to fall back on when I do finally retire, and I always intended to gain a degree.
“I have always been sport orientated from an early age – I started athletics at the age of ten! I am extremely astute when it comes to my training and tend to analyse every aspect, from my running technique to the energy systems used. Therefore studying Sport and Exercise Science provided the perfect fit.
“At the University of Wolverhampton, everyone from the lecturers to the support staff were great. They were all extremely accommodating towards me and my athletics, and would allow me extensions on handing in work as my training and competition load increased – although the time management skills I picked up through my athletics career ensured I would always get my work completed on time.
“It has been a challenge to get to where I am today, and I am sure there are many more ahead of me. A variety of skills are required to become an Olympian – in fact they are similar to those necessary to complete a University degree! I need to be dedicated, determined and committed to my training whilst managing my time effectively. I have a great deal of self-belief that I am going to achieve my goal.
“The most rewarding moment of my career will be when I stand on the starting line being introduced to the crowd at the Olympic Games – but I want more. I won’t be happy with just going along to make up the numbers, I want to win medals! I have dreamt of pulling on the Team GB vest and standing on top of the medal rostrum.
“There are a lot of people who work behind the scenes to ensure I perform to my very best - my coach, my mother, my physiotherapist, nutritionist, strength and conditioning coach and osteopath – they all have a major role within my career. I can safely say that, if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be the athlete I am today.
“The same can be said of gaining a degree. Without your lecturers, personal tutor, family and friends, it would be difficult to perform to your best.
“One piece of advice that I would give to every student is simply to enjoy the experience. I remember sitting in the car on the drive home from my graduation thinking ‘it’s all over’. Three years sounds like a long time but trust me, it flies by and I can say without doubt that graduating from the University is the best thing I have done with my life outside of athletics.”
Would you like to aid Jarryd in achieving his dream of competing at the Olympic Games? He is currently seeking support and sponsorship: if you believe you may be of assistance then please contact him via firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss it further.