1st August 2017
Congratulations to Sport & Exercise Science student Lucy Hadaway who represented England at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Nassau, the Bahamas, this month. Lucy has returned home victorious with a Bronze medal in the long jump which is so well deserved for her impressive 5.90m leap.
A member of the City of York Athletics Club, Lucy, aged 17 and formerly of Manor C of E Academy, manages her demanding training schedule alongside her studies at York College, excelling on the athletics track and in the classroom. Having started athletics aged just seven years old, she has gone from sprinting in school sports days to competing both nationally and internationally in Heptathlon events comprising of long jump, hurdles, high jump, shot put, javelin, 200m and the gruelling 800m.
After starting her A Levels elsewhere, Lucy realised her true passion was sport and was impressed with the diversity of the Level 3 Sport & Exercise Science course at York College, saying: "Being able to study modules like psychology and anatomy alongside playing sport really appealed to me. I have received great support from my tutors, who understand my busy schedule and allow me time off for competing as well as allowing me to use the physiotherapy services available at the College each week. Getting to this stage in my sporting career, competing for my country and standing on the podium in the Bahamas was a really great moment to share with my fellow athletes. Looking to the future I would like to study physiotherapy at university and maybe compete in the Olympics’ long jump.”
Gaz Lee, Sports Coordinator at York College is delighted for Lucy: “The Sports Division is so proud of Lucy’s achievement in at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Nassau. Her success is richly deserved - as a disciplined athlete she works hard and understands the demands of the sport, as well as the importance of her education. Lucy is a superb role model for our students.”