Professional fencer and PhD student at
London South Bank University (LSBU), Ehsan Miri, is planning on taking his
fencing career to the next level by competing in the 2016 Olympic Games with
the help of LSBU's Elite Sports Programme.
Ehsan has used his raw talent – nurtured by
the Elite Sports Programme – to shine at a range of international competitions
leading him to notch up an impressive international 22 titles.
The Elite Sports Programme is run by the
Academy of Sport at LSBU and supports talented sportsmen and women balance
their sporting, academic and personal lives. The programme offers a wide range
of help including financial and academic support, making it possible for
students to complete their education and succeed in their sport at a high
level. The programme has become one of the largest for a UK University.
Ehsan was encouraged to take up fencing when he was just 11
years old after seeing his brother's consistent success in international
tournaments. He has since worked with top coaches from across the globe and has
been selected to sign a two year contract as a professional athlete with the
Qatar National Olympic Committee – the only fencer in the world to do so.
He has had the opportunity to
compete in a range of international competitions and is now planning to train for the 2016
Olympics upon completion of his PhD in Sustainable Design and Engineering at
Ehsan added yet another medal to his growing collection after
winning silver at the Cambridge International Fencing Tournament earlier this
month. This is the second consecutive year that Ehsan has won a top spot at the
annual tournament, giving him the confidence and drive to compete in higher
Ehsan said: "It has been incredibly
challenging training alongside studying for my PhD and I am grateful for the
support I have received from the Sports Department at LSBU during my time here.
Winning another medal in an international competition means a lot to me as I
have taken a 10 year break from my career as professional fencer to concentrate
my studies, so it's great to know I still have a shot to compete in even more
prestigious competitions like the Olympics."
Other athletes benefiting from LSBU's Elite
Sport Programme include Alexandra Lara and Ioannis Timagenis who are both
members of the Great Britain and Greece national teams respectively in the
sport of taekwondo.