Graduate to compete in Beijing Olympics

Kate Dennison competing in the pole-vault

A former student of Staffordshire University will be representing Britain at this year’s Olympics in Beijing, competing in the pole vault section.

South African born Kate Dennison, who grew up in Alsager, studied Psychology at Staffordshire but has always been a keen sportswoman. She took up gymnastics at the age of seven and moved on to pole vaulting at 16.

Kate, 24, who now lives in Loughborough, says University helped her to discover the right direction to take.

“My experience at Staffs Uni was great,” says Kate. “University can be a really great time to find yourself and figure out where you want to go. For me, I realised I wanted to continue pole vaulting.”

And she maintains that it’s important to get a degree if you want a career in sport.

“I also think it’s quite unhealthy to think about sport 24/7,” she says. “But Staffs had an amazing sports scholarship fund that I wouldn’t have been able to get through uni without.”

And Kate credits her parents and close friends for all their help and support during her student years, as well as Derek Benning from Staffordshire University.

“It’s very important to know you have support, through the good times and the bad times,” says Kate. “You need to have always have the courage to believe in yourself.”

Kate will be representing the country in the pole vault on Saturday August 16.



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