Goldsmiths student Tope Adeyeye scooped a dramatic victory last month, winning first place in the 100m race (in 10.75 seconds) at the under-23 Men’s Championships in Tullamore, Ireland. He also came third in the 200m race (in 22.04 seconds).
“Coming first place was a new feeling, almost weird but good. Before the race I just tried to remain calm and remind myself that if I don't perform well, it would mean I would've come all this way for nothing, which would mean I'd have some serious explaining to do to my Coach and Tolu (the SU’s Sports Development Coordinator), and that wasn't an option.” Tope said.
Tope is part of the SU’s Talented Athlete Programme (TAP), which gives students the opportunity to develop their sporting performance alongside their academic studies.
Participating in the Programme was a major factor in his success, according to Tope: “The Talented Athlete Programme supported me massively throughout the whole year because it took a lot of weight off of me during winter training, which was a difficult period, balancing all my university work with training."
“This month especially, the TAP helped to pay my training fee for the month, which enabled me to book my flight, hotel, and transport in Ireland for the two days that I was there.”
If you also have the potential to compete in a sport at national or international level, we’re currently looking for students to join the Talented Athletes Programme for the new academic year.