Students Staff

21 August 2012

Scott is going for gold

University of Essex Business Management student Scott Moorhouse, 22, threw a season's best while competing in the Javelin F42 class for track and field amputees at the London 2012 Paralympic.

Despite his efforts the rising athletics star came seventh in the event which was won by a world record throw by Yanlong Fu from China.

Scott Moorhouse

Business Management student Scott Moorhouse will be competing in the Paralympics in September

Before the event he said: “I am so proud to be competing for Great Britain in London, a huge honour. It has been a crazy journey over the past three years which would not have been made possible without the support I have had from the University of Essex.”

Scott had deferred the final year of his BSc Business Management to concentrate on competing at the Games, having come fourth in the World Championships last year and gaining Bronze in the Under-23 World Championships.

Professor Martin Sellens, Director of the Centre for Sports and Exercise Science and chairman of the University's Olympic Task Group, said: "The University is delighted that Scott's talent, dedication to training, and sporting achievements have been recognised by selection for the Paralympics. He is an inspiration to all of us.”

Two members of the University community were in the London 2012 Team GB squad. Dom King, Student Activities and Development Manager at the University of Essex Students' Union, competed in the 50km race walk at the Olympics.

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