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Track and Field

Freddy Adams - Cross Country

Freddy Adams 

SportCross-country/ road distance running

Academic courseBSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science 

Hometown: Colchester, UK

Best sporting achievement/personal best: A 15:55 pb in a competitive 5km race with professional athletes or finishing 7th in the UK under 20’s for 10 miles.

Why did you apply to study at Kent (new students) or what is your favourite thing about Kent Uni (returning students)? My favourite thing about UKC is how sociable and friendly everyone here is. You can literally talk to anyone and have a good conversation.

With the Paris Olympics next summer in mind what is your favourite Olympics moment or favourite Olympian? Mo Farah. He completed the double-double in Rio 2016, where he successfully defended his 5000m and 10000m gold medals from London 2012.

Imogen Davis - track

Imogen Davis

SportHeptathlon/Athletics

Academic courseSport and Exercise Science

Hometown: Herne Bay, UK

Best sporting achievement/personal best: 2nd in England for U23W Indoor Pentathlon/6th in England for U23W National Heptathlon 2023.

PB – 4549 points 

Why did you apply to study at Kent (new students) or what is your favourite thing about Kent Uni (returning students)? I have thoroughly enjoyed my course as well as the sports scholarship program during my first year at UKC. The opportunities and support that both have given me to learn and meet new people has been a highlight, whilst also being able to make leaps of progress within the Heptathlon.

With the Paris Olympics next summer in mind what is your favourite Olympics moment or favourite Olympian?  It has to be Super Saturday back in 2012 when Jessica Ennis-Hill won gold in the Heptathlon – this moment inspired me to compete in the Heptathlon and aim for gold in future Olympics to come.

Erin Hughes - Track and Field Scholar

Erin Hughes

Sport: Athletics (Track) - 400m

Academic course: Marketing with a year in Industry

Hometown/Nationality: Kent, British

Best sporting achievement/personal best: My most recent best sporting achievement was winning a bronze medal in the senior women’s 400m’s at the Kent Country Championships.

My personal best for 400m is 60.45 seconds. 

Why did you apply to study at Kent (new students) or what is your favourite thing about Kent Uni (returning students)? One of my favourite things about Kent University is the campus itself. Kent has such a big campus with lots of green space and amazing facilities to use.

With the Paris Olympics next summer in mind what is your favourite Olympics moment or favourite Olympian? One of my favourite Olympians is Dina Asher-Smith.

Scarlet Margaroli - Triple Jump

Scarlet Margaroli    

Sport: Triple Jump

Academic course: Social Policy, Social Change and Politics

Hometown/Nationality: Ferring, West Sussex

Best sporting achievement/personal best: Indoor and Outdoor Sussex County Champion in 2022 - 11.26m.

Why did you apply to study at Kent (new students) or what is your favourite thing about Kent Uni (returning students)? My favourite thing about studying at Kent is the close community feel of the uni and the support I’ve received from uni staff in all areas of my life be it sport, my course or music.

With the Paris Olympics next summer in mind what is your favourite Olympics moment or favourite Olympian? My favourite Olympian is Femke Bol; a Dutch athlete who specialises in 400m and 400m hurdles. She makes her event look so effortless and is a great team player when it comes to relays.

Stephen Simmons

Stephen Simmons 

Sport: Decathlon

Academic Course: Medicine - KMMS

Hometown: Bedford, UK

Best sporting achievement/personal best: English Schools Champion two years in a row.

Why did you apply to study at Kent (new students) or what is your favourite thing about Kent Uni (returning students)? The Campus, fellow students and Scholars are some of my favourite parts of the University.

With the Paris Olympics next summer in mind what is your favourite Olympics moment or favourite Olympian? My favourite Olympian is Kevin Mayer – the Decathlon World Record Holder.

Demi Smith-Scott - Long and Triple Jump

Demi Smith-Scott    

Sport: Athletics - Long and Triple Jump

Academic course: Law

Hometown: London, UK

Best sporting achievement/personal best: Jumping over 5.00m in Long Jump and ending my last season with a pb of 10.26m in Triple.

Why did you apply to study at Kent (new students) or what is your favourite thing about Kent Uni (returning students)? The University assists me in the flexibility to study whilst still pursuing my sport.

With the Paris Olympics next summer in mind what is your favourite Olympics moment or favourite Olympian?  Sydney McLaughlin breaking the 400m hurdles world record and continuing to dominate the 400 hurdles field.

Dylan Purton on the track

Dylan Purton 

Sport: 100m, 200m & 400m (Athletics)

Academic Course: Sport and Exercise Science

Hometown: Rainham, Kent, UK

Best sporting achievement/personal best: 

My Current PB’s;

400m @ 48.25

200m @ 21.67

100m @ 10.99  

Why did you apply to study at Kent (new students) or what is your favourite thing about Kent Uni (returning students)? The amazing facilities and opportunities.

With the Paris Olympics next summer in mind what is your favourite Olympics moment or favourite Olympian? My favourite Olympian is Noah Lyles – the American Sprinter and recent Triple World Champion.

Olivia Mensah

Olivia Mensah 

Sport400m Hurdles

Academic coursePsychology with Forensic Psychology

Hometown: English

Best sporting achievement/personal best: Placing third in the south of England for 300m hurdles and breaking a club record that had been set in 1992. Race time: 45.88 secs.

Why did you apply to study at Kent (new students) or what is your favourite thing about Kent Uni (returning students)? Forensic psychology was a section of psychology that in college I was unable to study. I’ve always been intrigued about the mechanics of a criminal mind so the fact that the University of Kent offered this course was a huge plus for me. On top of this, the university’s sporting opportunities were also great which means I can continue to fulfil my passion for athletics whilst progressing academically.

With the Paris Olympics next summer in mind what is your favourite Olympics moment or favourite Olympian? Despite not competing for Great Britain, one of my favourite Olympians would have to be Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce. She competes for Jamacia, a Caribbean island of which I am familiar with. She runs so effortlessly and is incredibly humble about her successes- a true role model for the sport!

Amy-Jayne Goodhand - Athletics

Amy-Jayne Goodhand 

SportAthletics - 1500m cross country

Academic courseSport and Exercise for Health with Sports Management

Hometown/Nationality: Dover, Kent/British

Best sporting achievement/personal best: 

  • 3rd at Nationals
  • 1500m - 4:35
  • 800m - 2:16  

Why did you apply to study at Kent (new students) or what is your favourite thing about Kent Uni (returning students)? I want to live nearby in order to focus on my running with my coach.

With the Paris Olympics next summer in mind what is your favourite Olympics moment or favourite Olympian? My favourite Olympic athlete is Jakob Ingebrigtsen.

Cole Sinnott - Track

Cole Sinnott 

Sport: 200m/400m

Academic courseJournalism 

Hometown: Kettering, UK

Best sporting achievement/personal best: Competing at nationals and running a previous personal best of 49.23.

Why did you apply to study at Kent (new students) or what is your favourite thing about Kent Uni (returning students)? My Favourite thing about Kent Uni is the athletics society and access to good training facilities.

With the Paris Olympics next summer in mind what is your favourite Olympics moment or favourite Olympian? Wayde van Niekerk.

Bomi Bello - Triple jump

Saultan 'Bomi' Bello 

SportTriple jump

Academic courseReproductive medicine

Hometown: London

Best sporting achievement/personal best: 2nd Place at ESAA

Why did you apply to study at Kent (new students) or what is your favourite thing about Kent Uni (returning students)? My favourite thing about Kent is the Kent Sport Gym. They have great facilities and even greater staff.

With the Paris Olympics next summer in mind what is your favourite Olympics moment or favourite Olympian? Carmelita Jeter.

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