Sports Scholars 2016/17 - Alex Lloyd, Fencing

Posted by nats2 at Jul 19, 2017 09:45 AM |
GB prospect and platinum sports scholar Alex Lloyd gives us a review of his year

‘Being part of the scholarship programme has also been a fantastic opportunity to meet new and inspiring individuals.’

Alex Lloyd - Sports Scholar Name: Alex Lloyd

Studying: Medicine

Sport: Fencing

Scholarship: Platinum

I would like to greatly thank Elizabeth Jennings and the Sport & Active Life Service for their support during this year. The scholarship has allowed me to continue to compete at the highest level for my country, for both England and Great Britain at U23 and senior level.

I have finished the season ranked 24th in Europe U23 (highest British fencer), moving into 19th at the start of next season. I have competed at Senior World Cup and Grand Prix events, which has given me fantastic experience, furthering my development as an international senior fencer. The end of the season culminated in me participating at the U23 European championships. I believe my best result this season has been a quarter-final finish at the Terrassa U23 European Circuit Event.

Free membership at the University gym has proved invaluable, where I feel I have become more powerful. My one rep max for deadlift has improved from last season of 110kg, to 140kg this year. Similarly, my bench press has improved from being able to do sets at 50kg to 70kg. I have also solidified my squats, now being able to do sets at my original 1 rep max of 130kg. However, I still want to push, ultimately aiming to be one of the most explosive fencers.

Regarding University sport, unfortunately due to international commitments it has been difficult to participate in University matches. Nevertheless, the Men's Fencing Team has retained its position in the Premier North division. Next season, I hope given the experience gained this year, a better routine will enable me to attend more training sessions and matches. At the University Sport's Awards, it was a great honour to win Sports Man of the Year to end a fantastic event.

I believe I have used the money awarded to me this season as efficiently as I can. I have used it to enable me to compete at international events, attend international camps, to cover transport costs to National Squad training in London, additional training in both Birmingham and London, and to replace kit. This has been crucial, especially given that fencing has lost senior level National Funding from UK Sport.

Being part of the scholarship programme has also been a fantastic opportunity to meet new and inspiring individuals, as well as attend many great events; to watch Leicester beat our rivals, De Montfort, at the Rugby Varsity match was certainly a highlight! The support I have received has been fantastic, and I am very grateful for Elizabeth always being willing to see, help and advise me.

I look forward to next season; a year of university and more fencing experience under my belt, I aim to build on my results from last season and hope to be part of the sports scholarship programme next year!

Think you have what it takes to become of the University’s elite sports scholars? Find out more about our programme here. All applications must be submitted by 5pm 29th August 2017.

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