Olympian Jazmin uses UCB visit to reveal her goal

October 2016

Long jumper Jazmin Sawyers used a visit to UCB to reveal she is determined to become the first British woman to compete at both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. 

The 22-year-old was invited to UCB by senior sports lecturer, and long-standing friend, Nikki Brady. The pair met as young athletes during their early training at City of Stoke Athletics Club. 

Speaking to a packed audience of FE sports students, Jazmin, who came eighth in the long jump at the Rio Games, shared her ambition to compete in at least two more Summer Olympics before returning to her second love, bobsleigh. 

She said: “Britain has never had a woman in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. I’m going to do it.” 

The law graduate won a silver medal in the bobsleigh at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games, before deciding to focus her energies on long jumping. 

Jazmin described reaching the Olympic final in Rio as “realising a dream”. She added: “I went into the Olympics in 24th place and ended up coming eighth. At the time I was furious I didn’t do better. Now I’m in a place where I can sit back and realise I did good.” 

Tremaine Manning, a student on UCB’s Level 3 Sports Development and Coaching course, said: “Jazmin has shown us that hard work really does pay off.” 

Lecturer Nikki competed nationally and internationally in heptathlon, long jump and 400m before retiring from high level competition due to injury. She said: “It was great to welcome Jazmin to UCB. She’s an inspiration and it was incredible to hear how she manages her busy schedule.”