Monday 14th August
A record number of University of Birmingham students have been selected this year to represent Team GB and the
University in the World University Summer Games 2017, and the European University Championships (EUSA). A total
of seven current students and two alumni have been selected, with five competing in the World University Games
and four at EUSA.
The sporting opportunities the University offers, and the quality of its sports scholarship programme, is reflected in
the continuous successes of the students and alumni now representing the University in a number of sports.
The World University Summer Games will be held in Taipei between 19 – 30 August. Being the second largest multisport
Games after the Olympics with over 10,000 participants at world-class standard, it’s clearly a credit to all those
selected who represent Team GB.
This year, University of Birmingham’s strong presence at the Games includes current students Jonathan Davies
(Athletics, 1500m), Megan Lockett (Golf), Graham Harrington (Water Polo), Morgan Hirsch (Water Polo), and Ashe
Morgan, a regular GB senior archer. A recent First Class Honours Physics graduate and University of Birmingham
sports scholar, Morgan says:
‘I’m so excited to be going to the 2017 University Games. After graduating this year I’m extremely proud to represent
the University of Birmingham one more time, and would like to finish with a medal in Taiwan, where the standard of
archers will be extremely competitive. The University, and particularly the Sports Scholarship team have been critical
to my progress over the last 5 years and have wholeheartedly supported me both in my studies and my sport. I don’t
think any other University even comes close to the level of support offered at Birmingham, the sports programmes
are truly world class.’
The University of Birmingham was superbly represented at the EUSA Rowing Championships in July, in which the top
medal winners of championship events in BUCS regatta compete against their contemporaries in Europe. William
White and Peter Purcell-Gilpin, who won Gold in their Men’s double event in the A Final in Serbia, contributed to the
record GB medal haul where the squad took home ten Gold, six Silver and five Bronze. It was an outstanding result
for both White, a third-year Natural Sciences student, and Purcell-Gilpin, 2017 Geology graduate.
Two current students, Mahammad Ouattara (Philosophy) and Ismael Coulibaly (Medical, Life and Geo Science) also
competed in the European University Championships for Taekwondo in Coimbra, Portugal, where Ouattara bought
home a Bronze for the University in his category, +87kg. Coulibaly also won Bronze at the British Taekwondo
Championships in London in 2016.
Director of Sport Zena Wooldridge OBE, says that the University has had one of its most successful years ever on the
international sporting stage. ‘We started this sporting year with a celebration of 7 Olympic and Paralympic medals
bought home by student and alumni from Rio, and we conclude with what must be a record year for student
representation at European and World University levels. Not only does the standard of our students’ sporting
performance seem to be continually rising, but the academic attainment of our sports scholars is also very
The selections coincide with other recent sporting highlights at the University, having recently been selected as an
FA Women’s High Performance Football Centre, being the official home of the 2018 World University Squash
Championships, and of course the return of the Jamaican Athletics team to train at the University ahead of the
World Championships in London