Middlesex University’s Future Gold fencer James Davis has been selected to compete for the Britain at the World Junior Championships in Azerbaijan.
James, 18, is one of several athletes at Middlesex on the £10,000 a year Future Gold Scholarship, designed to support students who have a realistic chance of representing Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics.
He said making the Junior (under 20) World Championship team was an important step.
“A recent competition moved me up the rankings in the UK and I’m over the moon to have secured a place,” said the BSc Psychology student.
The competition in which he moved up the rankings was in Mödling, Austria. He was under a lot of pressure to do well in the competition in order to gain his place in the UK team.
He said: “A year before that I probably wouldn’t have done so well but I think I’ve matured.”
James has two senior competitions to negotiate between now and the championships in April, which he will use as a learning experience. He said: “I think if I hadn’t made the Junior World Championships then it would be a different story, but I have less pressure now and can concentrate on my technique.”
The Middlesex World Future Gold Scholarship effectively gives gifted athletes a free University education while they continue to pursue their chosen sport to the highest possible standard. It has included athletes such as sprinter Simeon Williamson and currently boasts several athletes who have represented the UK in their age category or at senior level.