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Kent and the Olympics

Sport, fitness and recreation plays a crucial part in the University experience for students and staff at Kent. Staying active provides balance to our lives, allowing us to relax, develop new skills and spend time with friends while keeping fit and working towards personal and team goals. Kent Sport provides support and opportunity for all whether your goals are to enjoy a recreational game of badminton in your lunch break, to reach the top of your squash league, success in the inter-college cup, BUCS, Varsity or the Vice-Chancellor’s Cup; or maybe you aspire to be an elite athlete or sports and fitness professional and pursue a career in it. For some, the ultimate goal is participation in the Olympics and Kent Sport is proud of our students, staff and alumni that are involved with the Olympics this month.


Susannah Townsend

Congratulations to Susannah Townsend and the GB ladies hockey team on their success in Rio and bringing back the Gold. We were pleased to welcome Susannah back to Kent shortly after her return from Rio and she shared here experiences with us. To find out more look out for a copy of the Kent Sport On the Move magazine or the Kent alumni magazine.

University of Kent alumni and sports scholar Susannah Townsend is in Rio with the Team GB hockey team as attacking mid-fielder. She visited Kent Sport in April to share her experiences and look ahead to Rio. Susannah studied Sport and Exercise Science and played hockey for the University, having already been playing for Canterbury first team since the age of 15. She said “Without a doubt I would not be at the fitness level I am now if I had not had the facilities and expertise available to me when I was on the scholarship scheme.” Susannah now trains full-time five days a week, including strength and conditioning and working with sports psychologists, nutritionists and physiotherapists between practice sessions on the pitch.

I set out to do this because I want to be one of the best players in the world. I want to be on the world stage and inspire other people. I love working in a team and the problem-solving that you do on the pitch. You go into the Olympics to win a gold medal and we are definitely setting out to do that. Millions of people dream of representing Great Britain at the Olympics and we have a chance to make our dreams become reality. You can do whatever you want to if you put your mind to it. We are going to the games to win.”

You can learn more about Susannah here and view our video interview with her below.


Susannah Townsend profile photo

Susannah Townsend medal

Along with Susannah Townsend there are a number of athletes from Kent that will be representing the country in Rio. These include Sophie Ainsworth (sailing), Will Bayley (table tennis), Tom Bosworth (athletics), Kat Driscoll (gymnastics), Kate French (modern pentathlon), Adam Gemili (athletics), Jack Green (athletics), Claire Harvey (athletics), Ashley Jackson (hockey), Tania Nadarajah (archery), Tom Ransley (rowing) and Ross Wilson (table tennis). To find out more visit


The University of Kent is an enthusiastic supporter of sport and is committed to promoting its key role in influencing health, social integration and employability. Kent Sport has a fundamental part to play in enhancing the student experience and making the University a fulfilling place to work.

~ Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow DBE, CBE

Vice-Chancellor, University of Kent

Sport is one of those wonderful and rare things that everyone feels a part of, whether through competing, coaching, officiating, volunteering or spectating. Good luck to all those in Rio and lets be inspired by those at the top of their game and stay active in Kent.

~ Graham Holmes

Director of Sport, University of Kent


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Last Updated: 11/07/2018