This week, we’re getting to know our sport scholar, Kaigan Witts, a little bit better!
Kaigan is an Alpine skier, specialising in Slalom. Hailing from Simonstone, near Burnley, he’s a member of Pendle Ski Club.
Kaigan’s enjoyed fantastic success on the slopes, competing for the England Schools Team at the ISF World School Championships and, most recently, finishing first in the senior male age category in the 2015 GBR outdoor series.
Kaigan returned to Manchester Metropolitan University after his placement year at Lloyds Banking Group (he’s studying Economics) and he’s managed to successfully secure a conditional offer for the LBG Graduate Scheme!
We spoke to Kaigan about his achievements on the slopes, his future ambitions and aspirations and his advice to other young athletes.
How did you get involved with your sport?
“I learned to ski from the age of three whilst I was living in Germany and started racing when I moved to the UK at the age of ten.”
Why did you choose to study your course?
“I found Economics interesting to study at A-Level and I believe that Economics is quite a versatile degree. This appealed to me as I was unsure what career path I wanted to follow.”
What are your future ambitions and aspirations?
“I hope to become the overall English champion in my discipline.”
Who has had the biggest influence on your life?
“My parents have had the biggest influence as they are always encouraging me to do better.”
What is the best part about being a high performance athlete?
“For me, it’s the respect you earn from your peers and how younger athletes look up to you.”
What advice would you give to a young athlete?
“Don’t give up on your dreams. If you work hard enough you can make anything possible.”
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.