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Student jets off to compete in FISU Winter World University Games


A student from the University of Wolverhampton has been selected to compete at the world’s largest multi-sport winter competition outside of the Olympic Games, the bi-annual FISU Winter World University Games.

Staged every two years in a different city, the winter edition of the FISU World University Games is a celebration of international university sports and culture. With several thousand student-athletes competing in each edition, the FISU World University Games is amongst the world’s largest winter multi-sports competition.

Coordinated by the International University Sports Federation (FISU), the next FISU Winter World University Games will run from 12 to 22 January 2023 across a range of world-class sporting facilities in Lake Placid, New York.

Grace Garbett, who is currently in her first year studying HNC Building Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, has landed a place on the GB Women’s Ice Hockey team, representing Great Britain and the University after trailing for the first time.

Alongside her studies, Grace represents WLV Sport competing in BUCS tournaments across the country.

Grace_icehockey2Grace, aged 19, from Telford said: “I was honoured to be selected to represent the University of Wolverhampton in the GB Women’s Students Ice Hockey team and I’m excited to fly out to Lake Placid, USA, in January.

“We know that the competition will be fierce – we’ll be playing against Canada, USA, Japan, Slovakia and Czechia – but we have some very talented players in our squad so we will do our very best for GB and our universities.

“Competing at this level takes a significant financial and time commitment, as athletes must cover their own costs and we need to fit in training around work and studies.

“Everyone at WLV Sport and BUCS have been really helpful with all the organisation and paperwork needed for the GB team to travel to the Games and I will be wearing my WLV Sport colours with pride when I’m out in the States.

“I would not have been able to take up this fantastic opportunity without the support and encouragement of the University and my employer, Persimmon Homes, and for that, I am truly grateful.”

Natalie Gould, Sport and Physical Activity Manager at the University said: “We are so proud Grace has been selected to compete in the Winter World University Games as part of the Women’s Ice Hockey team.

“This is the first time one of our students has competed at this prestigious event and we wish her the best of luck as she jets off to represent Team Wolves in the US.”

The University of Wolverhampton supports a variety of students in a wide range of sports whilst studying. Find out more about the support on offer via WLV Sport.

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