A world boxing title. Two major basketball competition wins. A young footballer going professional.
Last weekend saw some of UEL’s finest achieve outstanding success on the sporting front, making headlines both nationally and across the world.
On Saturday night, Lawrence Okolie became a world cruiserweight champion in just his 16th professional fight - you can listen to him talking about his time at UEL in this BBC podcast.
Lawrence first rose to prominence after capturing the nation’s hearts at the 2016 Olympic Games, and has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks.
His latest win sees him follow in the footsteps of the likes of Tony Bellew and David Haye, who both ended up in the heavyweight ranks, and Lawrence certainly has the world at his feet.
A day later, five current and former students helped London Lions (the capital’s only professional basketball outfit) win both the men’s and women’s BBL and WBBL Trophy finals in Worcester.
Cassie Breen, from our School of Psychology, scored a whopping 25 points in the women’s final; you can read more here. Also involved were Valentina Klocker, Paige Robinson and Josh Ward Hibbert, all enrolled on courses in the Royal Docks School of Business and Law, and alumnus Joe Ikhinmwin.
UEL Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Amanda Broderick, spoke of her pride at seeing the University’s sports stars thrive, and the importance of the dual-career pathway.