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UELSports Scholars making step up to international stage

UEL students

The start of the academic year has seen a record number of the University of East London’s (UEL) Sports Scholars gaining international selection – and an equally strong start to the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) campaign.

Sport and Exercise Science student Aimee Willmott continues to cement her reputation as one of the leading female swimmers in the UK with strong Swimming World Cup performances and an outstanding series of races at the BUCS Short Course Championships in Sheffield last weekend.

Aimee left the championships with two gold medals (in the 400m individual medley and 800m freestyle), two silvers (200m butterfly and 400m freestyle) and a bronze in the 200m freestyle.

Her winning time of 4min 31.77sec in the 400m individual medley smashed the BUCS record by more than five seconds and makes her the third fastest woman in the world this season.

Track sprinters Shannon Hylton and Bianca Williams have both been named in the ‘podium-funded’ British Athletics 4x100m relay squad, putting them on course for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio di Janeiro.

Meanwhile, footballer Lilli Maple has made huge strides since starting at UEL last September. The Millwall Lionesses midfielder been selected for the England women’s U20’s football squad on the back of a highly impressive training camp performance earlier this month.

She has also produced some superb performances for the UEL women’s football team as part of the new UEL/Millwall Lionesses FC partnership.

Heavyweight boxer Lawrence Okolie has been selected for the GB Boxing ‘podium potential’ squad and now trains at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield twice a month alongside some of the most talented boxers in the country.

Lawrence has made a big impression on the GB coaching staff, having earned his place with some virtuoso performances sparring with Anthony Joshua, the Commonwealth champion and Olympic gold medallist.

UEL continues to foster and develop talent in athletes who are supported by the UEL High Performance Sport Scholarship Programme. For more information and to apply, visit