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Inspirational sport sciences alumni

Brunel sport sciences graduates go on to achieve great things. We’re proud to count Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European champions among our graduates as well as graduates in high profile sport-related careers.

Be inspired by some of our sport sciences alumni stories:

Kate Richardson-Walsh

Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE shares her experiences of sport sciences at Brunel after receiving an honorary degree

Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE, Sport Sciences BSc Alumna

Kate Richardson-Walsh graduated from Brunel in 2003 with a Sport Sciences BSc. As captain of Team GB Hockey Women’s Team, Kate won the first ever Olympic gold for the women’s GB hockey team at Rio 2016.

In recognition of her achievements, Kate received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year’s Honours list 2017. She was also shortlisted for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016 following her penalty shoot-out victory in the Olympic final against the Netherlands.

Tom Aggar

Brunel Sport Sciences MSc graduate and Paralympic rowing champion Tom

Tom Aggar graduated from Brunel in 2013 with a Sport Sciences MSc.

Tom is a para-rowing single sculler. He became the first Paralympic Champion in the arms-and-shoulders-only single skull (ASM1x) in the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. He went on to win bronze at Rio 2016.

Tom used Functional Electrical Stimulation to train for this sport - this science was developed at Brunel.


Amber Luzar

Brunel graduate Amber Luzar at the Rio Olympic Games closing ceremony

Amber Luzar, became a performance analyst for England and GB Hockey in 2014 (just two years after graduating) and was part of the background staff preparing the team for Olympic glory.

Amber credits her time at Brunel, first as a sports sciences undergraduate and then on the Human Performance MSc, with helping her to develop the right skills to succeed in her career.



Amber said “A career in elite sport is difficult, but Brunel provided a learning environment to develop practitioners who could go on to lead expert athletes in major sporting events. You could learn from the best, with the best equipment that mirrored that used in the sporting arena."

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