Manchester Metropolitan University student Holly Bradshaw has qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Holly secured her place in the Team GB squad after being crowned women’s pole vault champion at the weekend.
The 24-year-old secured the title at the British Championships, held in Birmingham last weekend.
The British record holder will be hoping to continue her success by bringing home a medal from Rio.
Holly will be heading to her second Olympic Games after competing at London 2012, where she finished sixth place but hopes to do even better this summer.
“I’m feeling so excited. I loved every minute of London so can’t wait to get out to Rio and enjoy my 2nd Olympics,” Holly told us.
“The Olympic Games is such a special event that I have dreamt about since I was a youngster so I am so appreciative to have the chance to go to my second.
“London was my first major championships and I was still very young but now I am focusing on performing to my very best and challenging for a spot on the podium.”
Attracted to Manchester Metropolitan University because of the excellent sporting facilities and courses here, Holly is now based in Cardiff to be with her coach Scott Simpson.
Holly is continuing to complete her BSc in Sport Exercise and Science through a distance learning course and says the distraction of study has benefited her progress.
“Being involved in high level sport can sometimes be very intense and pressurised so having my studies to focus on and keep my occupied is brilliant,” she said.
“I have put a lot of work in over the past four years and I have matured and grown as an athlete so I’m hoping that pays off.”
Holly will be joining two other Manchester Metropolitan University students in Rio. MMU Sport scholars Tully Kearney and Helen Scott will be representing Great Britain at the Paralympic Games.
Written By Jack Colwell