Sporting Excellence Scholar: Auryn Macmillan
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Name: Auryn Macmillan

Sport: Basketball

Representative club: Rockhampton Rockets in the QBL, Australia

Ultimate goal: Simple – win games, win championships

Area of study: MSc Psychological Research Methods

Auryn Macmillan grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and won a basketball scholarship to North Carolina, America as a teenager – as a sporting scholar, he is currently on an exciting journey thanks to Plymouth University and the Sporting Excellence Scholarship.

The power forward only started playing basketball at the age of 16, and 12 years later competed in the top-flight sport for Plymouth University Raiders while studying for an MSc in psychological research methods.

Here, we find out a bit more about what being a sporting scholar has meant to him while playing for Plymouth Raiders:

 Auryn said:

“I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to continue my education and, when I found out that Plymouth University was a major sponsor of the Raiders, I was absolutely delighted.  The University’s opportunities and courses were major reasons for me choosing to sign with the team.

 “I completed my BSc in psychology at Gardner-Webb University in the USA, while on a basketball scholarship there, and now the support from the University will allow me to progress with my education while continuing to follow my dream of playing pro basketball. Improving my social profile is also something I've been very interested in and the resources here will help me massively with this.”

So, with training, competitions, publicity work and studying for a masters, how does a sporting scholar fit everything into one day?

“I find maintaining a tidy calendar is one of the simplest ways to stay organised and get everything done,” Auryn said. “If it's not in my calendar, I will probably forget it. My routine here at Plymouth has typically been a 7.30am practice session, followed by class, followed by weights, I break for lunch, then I get some extra shots up, and ideally get a massage.

“Hard work and great planning are definitely the secrets to success – always be the first into the gym and the last to leave.

“And if you’re considering applying for a sporting scholarship here, go for it. It's a fantastic opportunity, one that I'm grateful to be a beneficiary of, and one that I truly think is a great initiative by the University. It really shows that Plymouth appreciates excellence in all its forms.”


What’s next for Auyrn?

He has now signed a contract with the Rockhampton Rockets in the QBL club back in his home country, Australia. We look forward to following his future success.