Keele student to make a splash for Team GB

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Emma Bartlett
Posted on 15 August 2017

A student from Keele University has been chosen to represent Team GB at the World University Games taking place in Chinese Taipei this summer.

Emma Bartlett, 25, a Medical Education postgraduate student, will take to the pool as part of Great Britain’s Water Polo team.

Emma’s attendance at the Games, which takes place between 19-30 August, is being funded by the University through the Keele Key Fund – a charitable fund that provides grants across the University thanks to donations from alumni and other University friends and supporters.

Speaking before she travels to Taipei City, Emma, from Warrington, said: “I was really excited when I was picked to play for Great Britain. I’ve always been a swimmer and I’ve been racing since I was seven-years-old. I started playing water polo 11 years ago and when I started at Keele I joined several swimming clubs and continued playing for the Manchester Water Polo team.

“I’m really excited about representing Great Britain, I’ve never been to a multi-sport event before. I’ve had so much support during my time at Keele University, the sports centre has been great and offered me access to their facilities.”

Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice-Chancellor of Keele University, said: “I am delighted that Emma will be representing both Team GB and Keele this summer. It’s thanks to generous donations to the Key Fund that we are able to support students to continue competing at high levels in sports whilst gaining a high quality education here at Keele. It’s another example of the Keele Difference.

“As well as supporting the Talented Athlete Programme and other sport-related projects, the Keele Key Fund offers financial support to all areas of the University. It helps us to ensure that no student’s future should be dictated by their background, providing financial support where needed to help them to fully participate in the Keele experience.”

For further information about the Keele Key Fund visit here.