Three local elite athletes from Bangor have been awarded sports scholarships and bursaries by Bangor University, including weightlifter Catrin Jones, boxer Connor Burns and snowboarder Maisie Potter.

Every year, Bangor University supports students with sporting ability by offering a number of Sports Scholarships for students studying for a degree in any subject area. These Sports Scholarships are awarded to recognise and support sporting excellence and achievement. They are aimed at helping talented and high performance students to combine their academic study and sporting performance to assist them in achieving their full potential.

This year saw 18 students receive scholarships totalling £33,000 for a wide range of sports.

Weightlifter Catrin Jones, from Bangor, won this year’s BBC Wales Carwyn James Young Sportswoman of the Year 2017 award and has recently been selected to represent Wales at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Catrin said: “The support I’ve received from Bangor University over the last few years has been incredible! The Sports Scholarship that I was awarded as a local bursary whilst I was at school, and now as a Bangor student has benefited me massively as it allows me to concentrate on both my studies and training to the best of my abilities. I also have access to excellent training facilities and coaching at Canolfan Brailsford.”

The scholarship programme is part of a wider commitment to raise the profile and reputation of the University through sport.

Additionally, each year Canolfan Brailsford awards bursaries to elite athletes from the local community, one of these was awarded to Maisie Potter from Bangor, a snowboarder who narrowly missed out selection for Team GB for the 2018 Winter Olympics due to an injury, the Local Bursary supported her with travelling to the Olympic qualifiers in locations across the Alps and also to buy equipment.

Connor Burns from Bangor, Welsh Boxing Champion and part of the GB development squad, said: “I can now further my boxing career with the help and facilities that I now have access to.”

Richard Bennett, Director of Sports at Bangor University, said: “Following the extensive investment in facilities, we are very pleased to also be able to expand the number of sports bursaries awarded. The athletes will also benefit from a partnership with colleagues from the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences who will be offering tailored one-to-one support to athletes during the next 12 months.”

A full list of Bangor University’s Sports Scholarship Winners is available here: