Issue date: 17 January 2007
Three students from the University of the West of England have achieved their ultimate student sporting dream of representing their country at this year's World University Winter Games held in Torino in Italy (17 – 27 January 2007).
Campbell Beaton represents GB in Alpine Skiing; and Shaun Littlewood and Nathanael Williams are in the GB Ice Hockey team. All three students are members of UWE's Advanced Athlete Group which offers support and advice to a number of students who excel at their sport and all three also receive support through the University's Sport Bursary Scheme which has helped to fund their attendance at this competition.
Third year student Campbell Beaton first started skiing at the age of nine and has skied for the British Children's team, British Youth Team and Scottish Team. He is dedicated to competing at national and international level in alpine skiing. Campbell says, “Skiing is my passion. I train for four or five hours every day and my ambition is to go all the way to the Olympics in 2010. Competing at these Games is a great opportunity for me and the fulfilment of an ambition I have had since joining UWE. I am looking forward to taking part and doing the best I can.”
Nathanael Williams, who has played in the English Premier League, says, “These games are the opportunity of a lifetime for me. I will get the chance to play against some of the best up and coming players in ice hockey from the top nations in the world. Representing my country in a tournament like this is a dream for me. My ambition is to apply to colleges in the USA when I graduate from UWE so that I can continue to develop my playing career.”
Shaun Littlewood, who started playing ice hockey with his father and brother at the age of five, is also excited by the prospect of the games, “This are the most important winter games competition after the Olympics and this will be the greatest experience of my ice hockey career. It will help me develop as a player and help me play at a higher level once I complete my degree. My ambition is to play ice hockey professionally.”
Shaun has played with the England U18 and U20s and has also been involved in the Great Britain U20s squad.
Stuart Vanstone, UWE's Head of Sport says, “It is a great achievement for the University to have three students included in the GB team. These three athletes are active members of the Advanced Athlete Group at UWE and are very excited to be taking part and will enjoy the challenge of performing at this level. With the new Olympic standard Centre for Sport at UWE, we are able to support our high performance athletes and assist them in achieving their sporting goals'.
Results can be found via the BUSA website http://www.busa.org.uk
Visual available from the Press Office of Campbell Beaton