Name: Scott Barratt-Gibson
Course: Sports and Exercise Science
Year of study: 2nd Year
I’m an Irish 400m sprinter with a current PB of 47.60. I have competed at several major International championships over the 3 years that I have been competing in the 400m. I have 9 appearances for Ireland in events such as the European Junior Championships 2015 in Eskilstuna, Sweden, where I was a semi-finalist.
Last year I had a slight dip in performance and still managed to get ranked in 3rd place at u20 level in Ireland for the 400, along with 20th overall in Ireland. I was the Irish Schools Champion in the 400m in 2015, as well as placing 3rd in the 100m also with a PB of 10.76 and being on the winning team for the second year in a row for the 4x100m relay.
I competed at BUCS last year in the individual 400m event and relays, 4x400m and 4x100m. Individually I didn’t perform as I had wanted to but performed quite well in both relays. I’m hoping to make more of an impact in BUCS this year and contribute to the Athletics team more enthusiastically.
What difference has the scholarship made ?
The scholarship has helped in many ways in terms of recovery and injury prevention with the Sports Massage on site in NIAC or with treatment with Physiotherapy sessions. A few new and important changes that were implemented this year have been of great benefit already, such as the choice of having the Metrider card which makes traveling to and from University for lectures or training less of an effort when living off of campus. Having a Sports Psychology scheme ready and available is a huge help, as it keeps me feeling more confident and competent with myself and my training. These changes specifically have facilitated my role as a High Performance student athlete, making my goals much more achievable. This is highly appreciated from my end.