Thursday, 07 March 2013
A talented athlete with multiple championship titles has been awarded £500 from the University of Worcester’s Scholarship Panel.
Ann Ika-Oqua, a first-year Sport & Exercise Psychology student at the University, holds 14 national and 30 regional titles in athletics. Her latest titles include a bronze medal at the National Amateur Athletics Association of England Championships and a bronze medal at the 2012 English Schools.
The 400m runner, who is from Netherton, West Midlands, has been competing since the age of 12.
The twice champion at the mini Olympics, UK school games, said she was looking forward to continuing her professional sports career and adding more titles to her collection of medals.
“I love what I am doing, but it is very expensive to cover all the costs for equipment and training,” said the 19-year-old. “Thanks to the scholarship I will be able to pay for my training sessions and accommodation, buy new kits, without relying on my parents’ support. It is a huge help.”
Ann has already begun her indoors season and is going to compete every week in February. She is also taking part in the British Universities & Colleges Sport competition, representing the University of Worcester on the 22 and 24 February.
Students can apply to the scholarship scheme at two points in the year (1st December and 1st March) for up to £1,000 towards voluntary work or activities, to pursue a particular interest, ie music or arts, or towards course-related activities.