UWE Bristol cheer on student Andrew Pozzi on his Olympic debut

Issue date: 03 August 2012

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UWE Bristol staff and students will be cheering on Business student Andrew Pozzi as he makes his Olympic debut next week. Andrew will compete in the opening round of the 110 metres hurdles at the Olympic Stadium on the morning of Tuesday 7 August.

At 20 years old Andrew is undoubtedly a rising star in GB athletics and has excelled in his debut season as a senior athlete. He is current National Indoor and Outdoor champion, confirming his Team GB place in emphatic style by winning the men's 110 metre hurdles at the British Olympic trials in a time of 13.41 seconds.

Andrew said, “I'm really looking forward to my first Olympic Games and representing Team GB in London. It's going to be an amazing experience to compete in front of a home crowd and it will really spur me and the rest of the team on to know we have the support of the nation.”

UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve West, said, “We are delighted to have an Olympian from UWE Bristol. Andrew has done exceptionally well; it takes real dedication to balance the demands of an athletic career with those of a University degree. He is a real inspiration to everyone and we wish him the best of luck for Tuesday.”

The Olympics Games tops off an impressive season for Andrew. He narrowly missed out on a medal on his senior debut at the World Indoor Championships whilst representing Great Britain in Istanbul last March. He also won the indoor and outdoor titles at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships.

Andrew Pozzi set his sights on senior competitions immediately after winning the silver medal at the 2011 European Junior Athletics Championships with a time of 13.57. He was ranked as the fastest Junior hurdler in Europe for the 110m Hurdles, 2011. He was also winner of the 'Outstanding Athlete of the Year' award at the UK Athletics Awards on 26 November 2011.

Andrew has been supported through the 'EliteUWE' scheme that entitles athletes to specialist physiotherapy, strength and conditioning training and nutritional guidance.

The first round of the 110m hurdles takes place at the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday 7 August with the semi-finals and finals taking place the following evening.

For more information about UWE Bristol's Centre for Sport, please visit www.uwe.ac.uk/sport

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