London 2012-bound pole vaulter grateful for university support
10 May 2012
Manchester Metropolitan University student Holly Bleasdale has paid tribute to the support she has received from her University, as she prepares to pursue her Olympic dream in London this summer.
The 20-year-old pole vaulter, who broke the British record in July last year and stands second on the all-time list with a clearance of 4.87m, combines her elite level sporting duties with a degree in sports science.
"I'm a distance learning student at university because I can't go in all the time but they've been so supportive. If I need any help they're here for me as it's important I get the balance right between student life and training. It can be hard sometimes but the university have been really supportive with everything," said the World Indoor championships bronze medalist.
Ahead of this summer's London 2012 Games Bleasdale has already had a taste of what it will be like to perform in the Olympic Stadium - as she competed in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) championships - the first ever competitive event to be staged at the new arena.
"It was amazing to compete in the Olympic Stadium and there was a big crowd in which was really uplifting. The championships have got me excited about the Games and I just want to continue to train hard."
See the full video interview with Bleasdale below, she was talking to Podium's Stuart Appleby.
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