Sporting Excellence Scholar: Mindaugas Sadauskas

Sport: swimming (sprinter 100 freestyle, 50 freestyle and 50 butterfly).

Representative club: Plymouth Leander.

Ultimate sporting goal: to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Role model: 

"Rocky! He inspires me to achieve my goals and love my family and close friends."

Most eye opening experience:

"London Olympic Games which showed me a different side of sport where everyone can win."

When it comes to finding the motivation to keep up with a grueling 4-5 hour a day training regime Mindausgas Sadaukas, Lithuanian born international swimmer reminds himself of his driving force and the secret to success:

"Be focussed if you want to be better than the rest."

Our MSc International Logistics and Supply Chain Management was the obvious choice for Mindaugas, who had just graduated from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where he achieved a bachelor degree in markets and culture.

"Jon Rudd, from Plymouth Leander, helped me to decide how to progress my education and swimming career. He saw a potential in me and he invited me to join the Plymouth team. The University of Plymouth has access to a modern sport facility (Plymouth Life Centre) and their postgraduate programmes have a great reputation."

As he prepares to compete for the World and European Championships, along with the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Mindaugas still shows full commitment to the University of Plymouth Students’ Union Swimming Club as he shares his excitement to swim with BUCS this year.

Sporting Excellence scholarships

What does the scholarship mean to you?

Learn how University of Plymouth's Sporting Excellence scholarships support and enable our students to compete at a national and international level.

What's your training schedule?

University of Plymouth Sporting Excellence scholars take part in challenging training regimes.

Find out how our scholars balance training with academic studies and why they chose Plymouth to develop both their sporting and academic endeavours.

The University of Plymouth's sports partnerships

We work closely with our partner organisations to support the University of Plymouth's Sporting Excellence scholars.

Our Sporting Excellence scholarships support and enable our students to compete at a national and international level.

How to apply

Our Sporting Excellence scholarships inspire and enable you to achieve your sporting and academic goals at one of the UK’s top universities.

To apply for a Sporting Excellence scholarship, please complete the application form, submitting with a sports portfolio (including media coverage and past achievements) plus a letter of support from your National Governing Body to:

Sporting Excellence Scholarships,
External Relations,
Hepworth House,
University of Plymouth,
Drake Circus, 

Sporting Excellence Scholarship application form


Applications for Sporting Excellence scholarships with the University of Plymouth must be submitted by one of the following dates each year:

  • 15 March (outcome will be confirmed by 15 April)
  • 1 May (outcome will be confirmed by 25 May).

Further information

Telephone: +44 1752 588000

Scholarship award criteria

Our Sporting Excellence Scholarship Programme enables us to award up to £2,000 per year depending upon your level and frequency of competition and achievements.

University of Plymouth students studying a full-time degree level course may apply if competing at a high national and/or international level.

The level of financial support will be determined by a short-listing panel based on information and evidence provided in written applications.

Students must re-apply annually.


  • Financial support of up to £2,000 depending upon sporting performance.
  • Support from a Chartered Sport Psychologist in balancing sporting and academic endeavours.
  • Access to our Students’ Union on campus gym, strength and conditioning support, plus sports massage and injury clinic.
  • Professional support in communications and PR to create and develop a public profile.