Olympics 2016

Our athletes

Profiles on our eight alumni who were selected for the 2016 Rio Olympics and a summary of their achievements.

Hockey - Gold medal

Whilst studying law at Bristol, I joined the GB women's hockey team in 2010. I went on to win a Bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics, as the youngest member of the team. Since then I have completed my Legal Practitioner's Course, won a Commonwealth Silver, a European Gold and I'm now part of the GB women's hockey team.

Georgie Twigg, Law, 2008-2012
@georgietwigg

Rugby 7s - Silver medal

I started playing rugby when I was eight years old. Playing for England was the dream: I started to show prowess at secondary school but didn't play at a high level until I was at University. I learned a lot at Bristol and took a lot from the rugby club - most notably some great friendships.

Tom Mitchell, English and Philosophy, 2008-2011
@TBobbyMitchell

Sailing - Gold medal

Going to university before becoming a full-time athlete felt like the sensible option. I’d always managed school and sailing, but doing that at university was a lot harder than I’d imagined. Being part of the Performance Squad was a huge help as it meant I could talk to people in similar situations and get their advice.

Hannah Mills, Mechanical Engineering, 2012

110m Hurdles

At 18 I took up athletics rather late in comparison to most elite athletes. I was really pleased to get a 2:1 because it was hard balancing studying with training, which was often five or six days a week for up to five hours each time. To come fourth in the 2012 London Olympic Games, it's hard to put it into words.

Lawrence Clarke, Theology and Religious Studies, 2008-2011
@lawrence_clarke

Long Jump

It's been such a whirlwind, I haven’t really come back down to earth since winning a place at the Olympics and getting my degree results. I didn’t dare open my results until after the British trials in case I was disappointed and it affected my performance, so finding out I'd got a 2.1 on top of qualifying was just incredible.

Jazmin Sawyers, Law 2013-2016
@JazminJayne

Rugby 7s 

Starting young, I played at London Welsh from under-7 level, joined Richmond aged 18 as a flanker, and then represented Bristol and Cambridge Universities during my studies. I made my Sevens debut in Dubai in 2014, representing Brazil, whilst juggling my job as Head of Humanitarian Affairs at charity Save the Children.

Juliano Fiori, Classics 2004-2007

Rugby 7s

I was team Captain for the Kenya Rugby 7s on the International Rugby Board (IRB) circuit for 6 years. I came to know about University of Bristol through their rugby team which takes part in a tournament in Kenya every year. I'm now a Labrotory Analyst back home in Kenya.

Humphrey Kayange, Chemistry, 2012-2014
@humphkj

110m Hurdles

I qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics after winning the British Championships with a personal best time of 13.31 seconds. I was the 2012 UK 60m and 110m hurdles champion, and hold the record for the fastest ever time run by a UK junior hurdler.

Andrew Pozzi, MSc Management, 2013-2014
@andrew_pozzi