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Applications now open for the King’s Sport Performance Athlete programme

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From Olympic Gold Medallists to the Fastest Woman in Britain, many great athletes have walked King's halls.

The King’s Sport Performance programme provides elite student-athletes with a support network to help them perform to the highest level possible in their dual-career. King’s Sport has established Performance scholarships to identify and advance the university’s most talented individual student athletes and sports teams.

Through strength & conditioning, nutrition, physiotherapy, lifestyle and holistic wellness support we aim to offer students a world-class environment to improve athletically alongside your education.

Applications for the 22/23 Performance Athlete programme close on Sunday 25 September 2022, to find out more contact 

Current King's Sport Performance Athletes and notable alumni

During their time at King’s each athlete received support from the King’s Sport Performance programme. You can find out more on our current Performance Athletes and Alumni Athletes on the Performance Athletes page

Performance-athlete-Karina Kaufmann

Karina Kaufmann

Karina is a duathlon & triathlon athlete who is studying a Pre-registration Masters Physiotherapy. Karina recently competed at the World Triathlon Duathlon Championships in Targu Mures, Romania, placing first in the sprint event and third in standard distance duathlon.

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Dina Asher-Smith (History, 2017)

Britan's fastest woman who holds the British records in both the 100 and 200 metres. With support from the university, Dina was named Alumna of the Year 2021 at the King’s Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Dina's successes include becoming the fastest teenager in history at the 2015 World Championships, winning gold in the 200 metres at the 2016 European Championships, and medalling as part of the 4x100 metre relay team at the 2016 European Championships, the 2016 Olympics and the 2017 World Championships. In 2017 she also celebrated graduating from her history degree at King's.

The King's Performance Athlete Programme is great. It provides invaluable support, whether that's financially, giving you access to performance facilities, or just helping and being someone to talk to. Many universities would benefit from having a programme like we do at King’s.– Dina Asher-Smith

Imani-Lara Lansiquot (Psychology, 2020)

Imani-Lara Lansiquot is a sprinter that represents Great Britain at international level. Graduating from King's in 2020, here sporting achievements include placing third in the 4x100m at the 2021 Olympic Game, second place in the 4x100m at 2019 World Athletic Championships and first place in the 4x100m at both the 2018 World Athletics Cup and 2018 European Championships.

The King’s Sport Performance Programme is one of the main reasons I came to King’s. When you’re juggling a commitment as huge as a sport, it’s so valuable to know that the university can be flexible around that. My athletics career has excelled so much since I started university, and having that support there has really contributed to that. As a gold-level athlete, the financial help I can access is also great for helping out with all the expenses, especially in my Olympic year.– Imani-Lara Lansiquot
Commonwealth Games-Laviai Nielsen

Laviai Nielsen (Geography, 2018)

Laviai is a 400m sprinter representing Great Britain on an international level, Laviai graduated King's in 2018. Laviai qualified for the 4x400 relay at 2022 Commonwealth Games, where she’ll be joined by twin sister Lina Nielsen.

Performance-athlete-Bryan Leong

Bryan Leong

Current Neuroscience and Psychology BSc Student Bryan Leong represented Malaysia in 50m, 100m butterfly and 50m freestyle at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Brian has also represented Malaysia at the 2019 SEA GAMES and is the national champion in 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly, and 50m freestyle.

Apply to the Performance Athlete programme now

Applications for the 22/23 Performance Athlete programme close on Sunday 25 September 2022.

If you have any questions about King's Sport Performance and our University Sports Scholarships, please contact: