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Commonwealth Games beckon for sports scholars

Published: 27th March 2018

When the Commonwealth Games begin in Australia next week (April 4-15), two Trinity students will be there to represent their respective countries.

Former scholar and PhD student Victoria Mullin (air pistol) while compete for England and current scholar Prakash Vijayanath (badminton) will compete for South Africa.

Qualification for the games is based on national ranking and Prakash found out in January that he’d made the team. “To be in the national squad, I had to pass fitness tests as well. Badminton South Africa then chose a team from the available squad members based on recent performance and potential for future growth,” says the MSc Finance student.

Even though it’s coming up to a busy time academically, Prakash is delighted to have the opportunity once again to participate in Commonwealth Games.

“I was at the games in Glasgow 2014. It was an amazing experience to play in front of that many people. Some of my matches were also broadcasted to South Africa so it was nice to know my family and friends were watching me live back home. I was nervous at the start but I actually enjoyed playing in front of a large crowd. The athletes’ village was another great experience. Each country gets their own section of the village but there were many common areas to eat and mingle with people from other countries. It was an unforgettable experience.”

Preparations for this year’s games, which take place on Australia’s Gold Coast, have been good. “I feel like I am training well and am eager to get on court in Australia!”

Speaking at a send-off for Prakash, Deputy Head of Sport Matthew Dossett commented: “We are delighted that Prakash and Victoria will be joining over 6,000 other athletes from around the world at next month’s Commonwealth Games. This is their second appearance each, which is a huge achievement for any athlete, and particularly for those studying full time.

“Both of them are incredibly committed athletes and students, and are a superb showcase to others wishing to follow their chosen academic path whilst continuing to excel in their respective sports. Everyone here will be following their progress at the games very closely, and we wish them the very best of luck.”

  • Photo (L-R): Vice President of Global Relations Juliette Hussey, Prakash Vijayanath, Deputy Head of Sport Matthew Dossett