Gold Scholarship - Athletics

Athlete Information:​


Name:  Adele Nicoll

Age: 20

Sport: Athletics 

Course: Sport and Exercise Science 

Year of study: 2

​Athlete Profile

I started athletics when I was 9 years old as a multi-eventer. I continued to do multi events for 5 years, winning a number of championship titles and obtaining welsh records across most of the events. As I got older it was obvious that my strengths lay within the power events and in 2012 I decided to specialise in throwing; shot put and discus. Since then I have become British champion 11 times, made the 2013 World Youth Championships final and the 2015 European Junior Championships Final; whilst competing for Wales and Great Britain. I hold the under 18 British shot put record and In 2013 I won the welsh BBC Junior Sports Personality of the Year award. Last season I finished 1st in the Senior welsh rankings, 1st in the under 20 UK rankings and 4th in the Senior UK rankings.  Currently I am ranked number 1 in the UK under 23 age group, 2nd in the Senior UK age group and 1st in the Senior Welsh rankings for 2016. I aim to be competing for Wales in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia and hopefully be a part of team GB in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Achievements since joining Cardiff Met include:

Welsh Athletics Senior Indoor Shot Put Champion

BUCS Shot Put Indoor Champion

Senior British Athletics Championships – Bronze Medal

BUCS Shot Put Outdoor Champion – achieving 16.08 – over 16m for the first time

BUCS Discus Silver Medal Position

Loughborough International – 2nd in Match competition

What difference has the sc​holarship made

The scholarship has helped me massively with regards to travel expenses, equipment and being able to afford the correct supplementation and nutrition to enhance my performance. I used some of my scholarship money to purchase the Athletics Membership, which saved me about £150. I find the free use of the leisure facilities a massive help as sometimes I have pool recovery sessions or bike sessions that I wouldn't be able to do without the fitness membership; as an athlete recovery is extremely important. Recently I have been advised to start Pilates to help with general body conditioning and this is one of the classes offered at the university, which through the scholarship scheme I get for free.  I chose the £20 a week catering allowance because this gives me a chance to grab some food quickly on the go if I have a  demanding timetable of lectures and training. I have found this very useful as I can use it to buy things such as milk, fruit and sports drinks; saving myself money that I would normally have to spend on these products daily.