James Davis and Lutalo Muhammad, who are both second year Psychology students at Middlesex, will travel to Shenzhen, China in August to compete in the World University Games.
James and Lutalo will represent Great Britain in Fencing and Taekwondo respectively.
Since being selected for the Games, James is training hard and is excited about competing:
“I can’t wait, I’m looking forward to seeing the other competitors and experience some Shenzhen culture,” said James, who has been fencing since the age of four.
Training for competitions and completing a degree means James has a very full schedule at Middlesex, so he’s really appreciated the help he’s had from staff:
“I get so much support from the Psychology and Sports departments. I’ve had to defer my exams this year because they clash with the Games. All the staff have been on hand to give me everything I need.”
And looking even further into the future James isn’t planning on slowing down:
“I want to make it all the way to the Olympics 2012, and the World University Games is a great foundation for that.”
Lutalo has been practicing Taekwondo since the age of three. First trained by his father at home, he started competing at 8 years old. Starting from such a young age has meant Lutalo has medalled in many international competitions before, but was especially pleased to hear he’d been selected for the Games:
“I was on the edge of my seat until I heard the news, I’m ecstatic”
Lutalo not only has the Games to prepare for, but Psychology exams too, so there’s little time to relax and he relies on Middlesex staff to help him achieve his goals,
“I’m really lucky to have a solid team of staff behind me. My strength and conditioning coaches have been brilliant, and my sports adviser Stella Sipple has been a great source of support”
When asked about what the future holds, Lutalo is ambitious and determined,
“I’m confident about medalling, I’d love to win gold. But my ultimate goal is the Olympics next year, watch this space.”
Middlesex University wishes both students the very best of luck.