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Jonny Tye Mechanical Engineering student

Jonny Tye

“The University can put together a package for a student who wants to achieve success academically and as a sportsperson."


Mechanical Engineering

"Choosing a university was a very important decision for me. Being an athlete, I wanted to find somewhere strong both academically and for sport.  I have always wanted to study Mechanical Engineering, so with its track record in this subject, Surrey University was an obvious choice.

Access to top sports facilities was also a key factor in my university choice. I have been a keen canoeist since the age of eight and now compete internationally in flat water sprint kayak. There is a good canoe base around the University with excellent clubs nearby.

Whilst I have already achieved a number of things, the biggest to date was winning two silver medals (in the K1 and K2 disciplines) at the Junior World Marathon Championships in Singapore in October 2011; helping me to achieve a number two world ranking was a reward for my hard work and dedication. I was selected to receive a sports scholarship from the University and I am part of the High Performance Athlete Support Scheme (HPASS).

It’s important to stress how much support the scholarship has provided, but it’s the staff and service support that is invaluable. I train up to 16 times a week and have GB performance coaches who work with staff at SurreySportsPark. The facilities are absolutely fantastic; I go swimming, running, cross training, spend time in the gym and on the water. The good thing about SurreyUniversity is that they can put together a package for a student who wants to achieve success academically and as a sportsperson. After my degree, I plan to combine canoeing at international level with an MSc as I continue on my path to race at Rio."

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