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Alumni Fund makes a splash

Flatwater sprint canoeist Chris CalvertThe Alumni Fund is splashing out this year (2011/2012) by supporting Flatwater sprint canoeist Chris Calvert.

Third year Sport Science student Chris rises early most mornings to go to the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham for two hours training before heading to University for lectures and a session at the campus gym. In the afternoon he does two more hours before eventually relaxing at home.

Chris said: "It can be difficult to fit training around studying but luckily I am pretty good at keeping on top of my work."

Chris' 2011 highlight was getting selected to represent Great Britain at the European Championships in Zagreb, Croatia. He competed in a single canoe discipline (C1) over a distance of 200m. Unfortunately he missed out on the final but, after a good race in his semi-final and for his first international race in a boat by himself, admits he was 'very pleased' with himself.

Chris is now looking forward developing further as an under 23 competitor in 2012: "2012 could be a big year for me with World Cups and the U23 European championships. Hopefully the experience I get in the next few years will put me in good stead for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro."

He added: "I would like to thank the alumni who have funded my award. This support means a great deal and takes away some of the financial worries of funding training camps and buying kit. It means I can really focus on my studying and my training."

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