Three young sports students who are all studying the same academic course have enjoyed success in their own individual specialisms.
Representing either club or county, the sports enthusiasts excelled in their given areas and are endeavouring to enhance their performances by learning more about nutrition, anatomy and endurance.
All three are currently studying Level 3 Sports at Cornwall College Camborne.
Alicia Woodland, Level 3 Sport Student from Truro said she has always had a “keen interest in sports”.
I played a lot at school and quickly found that I really enjoyed golf,” she continued.
“I’m an active member at Killiow Golf Club, where I take part in lots of competitions and I’m currently trying to improve my handicap training with the county team.
“I knew from an early age that I wanted a career in sport and after researching the options, I decided that a wanted a course that offers a great balance of theory and practical work.”
Connor Bassett, Level 3 Sport Student from Camborne belongs to Carn Brea Athletics Club specialising in Javelin.
“I have represented both Cornwall and the South West in competitions with my Personal Best throwing over 46 metres in Par where I became sixth in the country,” he explained.“I’ve learnt so much since joining the course I think it’s really helped me in my pursuit to improve my javelin throwing technique and given me a greater knowledge of things like nutrition.”
With many students progressing onto specialist sports universities or preferring to stay local and study a degree at Camborne, the industry offers a wide range of exciting careers including; physiotherapy, coaching, sports nutrition and sports massage.
“What really helps benefit these students is the opportunity to learn about the physiology of the human body, allowing them to put into practice what they learn in the classroom, for instance which muscles do what during their sports activities,” explained Louise Fletcher, Sports Lecturer, Cornwall College.
“This help develop their knowledge and understanding allow them to program and influence what they need to do to succeed.”
Callum Walklett, Level 3 Sport Student from Redruth said he became interested in sports from an early age.
“I easily learned how to ride a bike, mum said I great balance so she took me to a local gymnastics club and my passion grew from there,” he said.
“I belong to Swallows of Helston and represented both county and region on the apparatus exercises, so things like floor, rings, pummel and high bar.
“I really want to become a sports coach and the course I’m on is the perfect introduction to sports theory and covers everything I need. Everybody on the course has been so friendly, you receive so much support and it’s helped develop my performance.”
With a long history of providing sports related courses for both FE and university level, the college has built a great reputation with local clubs, offering its state-of-the-art facilities to external organisations to assist with sports science, focusing on things like oxygen intake and metabolism.