A Sudbury sports-studies student has been recognised for his ‘outstanding’ talent.
Samuel Bragoli-Jones, from Park Close in Sudbury, was given the St Edmundsbury Leisure Services Cup, awarded to the outstanding student on a leisure and sport studies course.
Mr Bragoli-Jones, who is taking the level 3 Extended Diploma Sport and Exercise Sciences course, said: “I’m delighted to have won the award.
“After I got some disappointing results at A-Level I came to college to improve my chances of going to university.
“It was a brilliant decision and I’m so glad I decided to come to West Suffolk College. I did a Level 3 Sports and Exercise science course which I really enjoyed and I thought my tutors were excellent.
“What has really helped my CV is the amount of work experience I have been able to take on. I have found that if you want to go the extra mile here there is plenty of opportunity for you to do more.”
A key part of the course for the 20-year-old was the ability to continue his kayaking and canoeing, taking on the role of canoe activator through the college’s sports development team and encouraging other students to take part in the sport.
His next step will be taking up a place at the University of Bath in September to study sport science, he plans to continue training as a kayaker and rugby player.
Tutor Lee Mandley said: “Sam has shown exceptional determination and aptitude both on and off the field, showing unrivalled commitment to his personal development.
“He’s taken on a plethora of work experience opportunities, working with the college’s foundation studies students, Bury Rugby Club, and the sports development team.
“Sam has gone above and beyond all expectations and is the model student-athlete.”