“TASS provided me with the foundations of what it takes to be a performance athlete. The support services like strength and conditioning definitely helped towards the transition into being a UK Sport funded athlete. I was able to engage with elite athletes and staff which allowed me to learn how to effectively communicate within a team environment. The TASS support came at the perfect stage in my career. I had just begun to be a part of the GB Junior set up and needed the additional resources to become a rounded athlete.
“Having a dual career was something I had always wanted to achieve but wasn’t initially sure how it would work whilst pursuing a career as an elite athlete. Through TASS, I was able to engage with a lifestyle advisor and decide how I would best complete at the time my GCSE and then A-level exams. These skills then enabled me to complete an undergraduate degree alongside competing for GB.
“I finished my degree this May and I couldn’t be happier. After a difficult time following the relocation of the centralised programme, I am proud of my ability to complete a degree with minimal contact time and training full time in a different part of the country. My biggest academic accomplishment was completing my dissertation alongside competing and selection camps away from my university supervisor. Thank goodness for technology!
“It is not easy at all. But, you can’t be an athlete for life… you will eventually retire and being an elite athlete will only get you so far. Training 24/7 is great but having an outlet - in my case of studying - has been so beneficial to my well-being during tough performance periods.
“TASS has had a huge impact on my career. I’ve learnt skills that aren’t just physical performance factors, life skills that have enabled me to develop as a person.”