Triathlon, duathlon and cycling scholars

Sharn Hooper competing on her mountain bike

Brit Tate - Triathlon

Course: MOst Osteopathy

Our partner Osteopathic College triathlete Brit has always loved sport from a very young age. At just 15, Brit was ranked 5th in the UK in Modern Pentathlon. She decided to switch to Triathlon when she 16 due to the change in format of Pentathlon. Within her first year of Triathlon Brit won Bronze at the U20 World Age Group Championships before developing hip and shoulder injuries. This led to a focus on bike racing however, since starting her degree in Osteopathy, Brit has returned to her first love, Triathlon, and has already competed in the National 20-24 age group becoming the 2016 champion.

Brit hopes to podium at the European Age Group Championships, World Age Group Championships and BUCS Championships as well as hoping to defend her National Age Group Title.

Harry Palmer - Triathlon

Course: BA (Hons) 3D Design

Harry’s love for triathlon came about when his father first introduced him to swimming, cycling and running as a child and he discovered his passion and became instantly hooked.

Always striving to take his sport to the next level, Harry was delighted when he got the opportunity to compete in the 2015 Chicago World Championships where he finished in the top ten GB athletes, and came second overall in the World Championships Qualifier at Eton Dorney. After visiting one of our University Open Days to learn more about BSc (Hons) 3D Design and meet the sporting excellence scholarship team, Harry chose to continue to follow his sporting and academic dreams at Plymouth University. Harry now has the Eton Dorney coming up in September 2016.

Sharn Hooper - Duathlon and Triathlon

Course: BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

It all started with a love of cycling which grew into a passion for duathlon and triathlon. 

Sharn's passion and hard work has led to success. She's won a Bronze medal (in her age group) at the European Cross Triathlon Championships in Switzerland; ranked first in her age group, and second female overall at the European Cross Duathlon Championships in Romania; and ranked first overall female in the Royal Navy Triathlon Championships. 

Sharn also uses her Physiotherapy skills to support UPSU's sports centre provision, and her ultimate goal is to be able to race at an international elite standard.

Benjamin Wadey - Cycling

Course: BSc (Hons) Earth Sciences with Foundation Year

Coming from a family of sport enthusiasts, Benjamin got his love of cycling from his father but found his passion for the sport through his brother, as both enjoyed BMXing. He built up his skills and strength and the competitive side quickly followed. After his first race (a Midlands Round at East Ridge) Benjamin realised he really wanted to pursue his love for the sport and reach the highest level possible.

Benjamin chose Plymouth University for its Geology course as well as the fantastic local trails right on the doorstep, including the national course at Newnham Park. Ben's hard work and dedication has been rewarded in 2016 with a MTB XC first place national ranking (expert category). He also took second place in the Under 23 CycloCross National Championships.