University announces double Olympic champion as ambassador to mark Team GB partnership anniversary

22nd Feb

Team GB double Olympic champion Max Whitlock has been announced as a new ambassador for the University of Hull – as it celebrates the two-year anniversary of its exclusive partnership with Team GB.

As a trailblazer in his sport, Max’s role as an ambassador is set to be an inspiring addition to the university’s partnership with Team GB. It marks an exciting and eventful two years of the partnership so far, with students engaging in a variety of volunteering, work experience and course-related projects and opportunities.

The ambassadorship comes as a result of the university’s determination to provide unmatched personal development opportunities to allow students to be the best they possibly can be; a trait shared with Max as he chases further achievements.

The University of Hull’s vice-chancellor, Professor Susan Lea, said: “Max is the ideal ambassador for us in that he demonstrates quality and excellence in and out of competition. At the University of Hull, we pride ourselves on encouraging our students and supporting them with the right opportunities so they can achieve extraordinary things – both while at university and beyond.

“The partnership with Team GB has been an enormous success, with Team GB staff and athletes acting as inspirational role models for our students as they reflect the success of setting ambitious personal and team goals, working hard, and supporting one another through both the high and the lows.”

Max Whitlock will give students the opportunity to gain an insight into the mindset of an elite athlete at the pinnacle of their profession. As a source of inspiration for all those chasing success – Max is the first British gymnast to win gold at the Olympic Games – and as one of Britain’s great sporting heroes, he is set to bring a sense of pride to staff and students at the university as he takes up his role as a Team GB ambassador.

Having Max on board at the university also provides opportunities for the region as he shares his inspirational story of success. He will make guest appearances at local schools and colleges, enabling students of all ages to learn what it takes to become a double Olympic gold medallist and to inspire them to set their sights on success.

Max said: “Throughout my career, I’ve had to learn to handle pressure, overcome setbacks and remain focused on my targets. There are so many transferrable skills for students and I can’t wait to share these with them and staff at the University of Hull to help them achieve their goals.”

Tim Ellerton, commercial director at Team GB, said: “We’re really proud to partner with the University of Hull to help students find their extraordinary. Over the last two years of our partnership together we have delivered impactful projects – which inspire and engage staff at the University of Hull. We really value the energy, insight and knowledge which continues to contribute to the ultimate success of Team GB.”

The university is the first and only university to become a partner of Team GB. Following the announcement of the partnership in January 2019, students have benefitted from practical, CV-boosting skills at the same time as making their mark on the success of Team GB in the run up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

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