A 19 year-old University of Glamorgan student, Mike Bamsey, is one of Team GB’s hopefuls for the next Olympic games after scooping three silver medals in shooting at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney in January.
Mike, who studies history at Glamorgan, was selected as part of Team GB for the Games which are conducted to mirror the Olympic Games and to prepare young sports people for their future sporting careers.
Competing in 49 degree heat, Mike took silver in the Prone rifle, 3×40 and Air Rifle competitions.
The Australian Youth Olympic Festival is held every four years at Sydney’s Olympic venues and is organised by the Australian Olympic Committee.
Mike explained, “These Games really are a training ground for up and coming Olympic athletes and provide a chance for us to experience what being part of Team GB is really like. I was thrilled to bring home three silver medals and hopefully my success will continue at the World Student Games being held in Russia in the summer.”
Mike’s interest in shooting began at the age of 11 when he was a member of a Scout group. He now owns 5 guns of his own and trains professionally several times a week.
“I have a pretty intense training schedule which I have to balance along with my studies, but I get plenty of support from the University,” said Mike.
Mike receives a sports scholarship from the University of Glamorgan which means that as well as financial support, he also received training and mentoring advice to help him combine academic work with his sport.
Mike’s next big competition will be at the European Championships being held in Denmark later this year.
Dr Tudor Williams, Director of Sport at Glamorgan said, “It is great to see students at the top of their game while continuing with their studies. I look forward to seeing Mike’s sporting career go from strength to strength and to him securing his place in Beijing in 2016.