What it meant to be a Sports Team Captain

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Case Study

Why did you get involved initially?

I had fenced at school, so was hoping to continue my sport whilst at university.

In what ways have you been involved with the club? Training, socials, trips? 

I went to training regularly, competed on the women’s squad from first year, was captain one year. Went to socials regularly whilst still living in Plymouth –have been based in hospitals around the SW for my course, which has limited my engagement after second year of university.

What do you enjoy most about being a member of the club?

Have formed some of my closest friendships through sport; creates the sense of a ‘family’ when you grow together as a team. An opportunity to stay fit, maintain my sport and continue training/competing regularly.

Are you likely to continue participating? Taking part in similar activities after you have finished at Plymouth?

If I have time once I am working I intend on finding a local club to fence with/compete for

 How has your involvement with the club impacted your experience at Plymouth?

Medical students often spend most of their time with other medical students. For me, sport was a key way to meet other people and get involved with wider university life.

Do you think you have gained any transferable skills from your involvement in the club you can take into the wider world/employment?

Definitely. Teamwork – within the squad. Leadership and taking hard decisions in selecting the squad – as fencing captain. Dedication/hard work – commitment to regular training etc.

Any other comments? 

The opportunity to train and compete is only made possible by the relentless support from the SU team. 


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