Former Olympic athlete and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Julian Golding has ensured 2012 will be a memorable year, graduating from Middlesex University with first class honours.
The sprinter, who competed for Team GB in Sydney 2000, graduated from his Sport and Exercise Science degree on 18 July - all part of his new goal to become a teacher.
Julian, 37, is currently school games organiser for Lea Valley High School in Enfield, setting up sporting activities as well as being a class tutor at the school. He said: “Finishing my degree is a culmination of hard work and dedication. My experience as an athlete helped – you appreciate having to juggle several things and its good motivation for studying for a goal. The tutors have been great, they’ve been really motivating and inspirational. I’ve made friendships here which I hope to continue.”
Golding was a successful 100m and 200m sprinter winning gold in 200m at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, and bronze at the European Championships in Budapest, both in 1998. He also won gold as a 4 x 100m runner in both championships in 1998. Julian also tasted success on the world stage at the 1997 World Championships in Athens where he picked up a bronze, running the last leg of the 4 x 100m.
He said: “The Olympic Games is the pinnacle of any athlete’s career – it was a fantastic experience being part of Sydney 2000. My advice to any students or youngsters who one day hope to compete in the Olympics is to train exceptionally hard, you have to be dedicated to your sport.”
Middlesex University director of sport courses Phil Barter said: “Julian was a fantastic student producing some excellent work throughout the duration of the course. The presence of an elite athlete on the course added outstanding expert knowledge for everyone involved and really enhanced the student learning experience. He was a pleasure to teach and his professionalism and dedication to his studies is shown in his achievement of a first class degree.”