150 scholar - Antony James

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Antony James was the first Plymouth University student to receive a 150 scholarship - designed to reward excellence, inspire individuals to reach their full potential, and broaden their horizons - in December 2011.

The 22-year-old sport scholar secured a place in the British swimming squad at the London 2012 Olympics. Under the 150 scholarship scheme he was awarded £1,500 to help with his training costs in his quest for Olympic selection.

Antony, already a Commonwealth Games silver medalist, was selected to compete in the 2012 individual 100m butterfly, as well as back-up for the medley relay team. 

Antony has also been the British National Senior Champion for 100m butterfly for four years in a row and represented Great Britain at the European Championships in December 2012.

He said: "To all those donating to the fund, I would say first and foremost a massive thank you - without people such as yourselves, competing at the highest level would be extremely difficult. The scholarship helped me achieve my dream of representing my country." 

Congratulations to Anthony for competing at the London 2012 Olympics and we wish him well in his future swimming career.

Case study: Antony James

Find out how Team GB Olympic swimmer and Commonwealth Games silver medallist Antony balanced training for more than six hours a day with his BSc (Hons) Psychology studies.