This week, we’re excited to introduce you to our sport scholar, Jessica Crampton!
Jessica is a track cyclist who competes in all track sprint events and has enjoyed fantastic success on an international stage, including achieving a silver medal at the Junior European Championships in Anadea, Portugal.
Brand new to Manchester Metropolitan University, Jess joined us in September to study Fashion Design and Technology in Sportswear.
We spoke to Jess about her achievements on and off the track and how she got involved in her sport.
What are your greatest sporting achievements?
“My greatest achievement was earning a silver medal at the junior European championships along with a national record in the team sprint and placing in the top ten in the 500m time trial and sprint.”
What are your notable achievements outside of sport?
“I used to run a market stall selling handmade clothing and soft furnishings as well as bags and toys.”
How did you get involved with your sport?
“Both of my brothers took part in cycling and after going to watch them train all the time I decided to give it a go and loved it.”
Why did you choose to study your course?
“I have always been into making things since I was about six when my grandma taught me to knit and to sew. So, apart from cycling, it is my other major passion in my life and is how I relax from a hard day training.
“I’d eventually really like to work for a major company designing sportswear hopefully after my cycling career and I think that my experience in sport will really help me to achieve this goal.”
What are your future ambitions and aspirations?
“To compete at the Olympics and then hopefully start my own sportswear line.”
Who has had the biggest influence on your life?
“My Dad is probably the biggest influence on my life. He has been a huge part in all of my successes in cycling and has really given me all of the tools to achieve my goals.”
What is the best part about being a high performance athlete?
“The best part about being a high performance athlete is the feeling that you get from training really hard and meeting all of your goals, and even winning. It makes you feel good about yourself. I also love the training and high intensity environment.”
What advice would you give to a young athlete?
“Enjoy the sport, don’t take it too seriously too early on and make sure that you are doing it for yourself. When you are enjoying it, the results will come and the training will get harder but only when you’re ready.”
Applications for our 2016/17 sport scholarship programme are now open. To find out more about our sport scholars and how to apply, visit our website. To keep up-to-date with Jess, follow her on Twitter.