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Going for gold - student heads to Rio for the Paralympics

10 Aug 2016 9:00AM

A University of Suffolk student is preparing to head to Rio to participate in the Paralympics.

With just under one month to go until the opening ceremony, Evie Edwards from Elmsett says she is excited and honoured to take part representing ParalympicsGB in Boccia, which is described as a Paralympic specific sport ‘similar to bowls and using the skill of archery and the tactical awareness of chess’.

Evie has managed to fit her studying for her BA (Hons) Business Management degree round her training “My brother encouraged me to try it five years ago and since then I’ve been hooked. My GB Boccia training is pretty intense; I train for a week every month and there’s lots of travel.  The university has been really supportive. I’ve been awarded a sports scholarship which has really helped too.”

Evie plays Boccia as an individual and in a pair and adds “I’ve been working towards this goal for several years now. To be selected is a great honour and a responsibility. Going to the Paralympic Games is the pinnacle of a disabled athlete’s competition cycle.”

“We are currently ranked 4th in the World and this will be our seeding going into Rio. We play Hong Kong, Slovakia and Portugal in our group and we hope to progress from here into the medal matches. I’d like to thank the National Lottery and UK Sport for their funding which has been a huge help in enabling me to reach the level I am at. Also, the University of Suffolk for allowing me the flexibility to continue studying while also pursuing my sporting career.”

Sarah Dooley from the Students’ Union at the University says “We would like to wish Evie every success in the upcoming Paralympic Games in Rio following her selection to the Boccia team. We are so proud of her outstanding achievements and she is testament to the talented students we have here at the uni. Evie works extremely hard to continually develop, from both an education and sporting perspective and will inspire others to follow suit in achieving excellence in their chosen fields. Evie has been a Sports Scholar at the University and is a fantastic ambassador for helping us to promote sporting success and building a culture to celebrate and support all students in their endeavours.”


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