Medal joy for Sheffield champion Bryony

Bryony Page, star trampolinist
Bryony Page, star trampolinist
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A world championship-winning gymnast who is combining her sporting career while studying for a degree has been given a special honour by Sheffield University.

Bryony Page, aged 23, is to be given the Chancellor’s Medal 2014 in recognition of her sporting achievements and academic success.

The third year biology student missed the opportunity to compete in the 2012 London Olympics due to injuries and illness.

But she returned to the trampoline to win the World Cup Individual Gold Medal in Bulgaria and then went on to retain the Ladies’ Champion title by winning the 2013 British Championships.

In November 2013 Bryony was invited to compete in Denmark as part of Team GB at the World Cup where she won her second gold medal, beating two previous Olympic and World Champions.

There was further success at this year’s European Championships where she won a team gold.

Bryony said: “I was extremely surprised when I first found out I was chosen to receive this award. It is an honour to receive the Chancellor’s Medal and have The University of Sheffield’s support towards my sporting career and academic accomplishment.

“In truth, I have found it difficult balancing my academic studies with my sporting commitments, so it’s a good thing I like a challenge.

“I think one of the most difficult parts is catching up with lectures, coursework and study time after I am away for GB training camps and international competitions.

“I am away from Sheffield for at least a couple of days nearly every week for extra training and throughout the year there are many intensive week-long training camps and competitions, so I have to stay on top of things and work long hours to make up for the time I’ve been away from studying.”

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul White said: “At the university we pride ourselves on establishing an environment where students can fulfil their potential and achieve their ambitions.

“Bryony has made an outstanding contribution to her sport, balancing an incredibly demanding training schedule with a continuing focus on her academic studies in biology.”

Previous winners of the award include Olympic gold medal-winning athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and Jahaan Abdurahman, a recent graduate who has improved the lives of people from across the world through her exceptional voluntary work.

Bryony is also supported by the Elite Sports Performance scholarship scheme.