Student Lewis Carter, shares his thoughts on his opportunities with Team GB
“Working on these projects for Team GB has been a fantastic and rewarding opportunity for me. It has allowed me to engage with fascinating, inspiring and positive areas of the history of British athletes that I would otherwise not have had the opportunity, or even awareness, to look into.
“Furthermore it has helped me increase my skills as a historian through challenging me into using new methods and sources that I would never had considered, which in turn helped improve my own work throughout my studies.
“Some of the research I did regarding athletes for Team GB included looking into athletes such as rower St George Ashe, who was perhaps one of the first British athletes we know of to suffer from mental health issues. Another was Evie Pinching who won gold medals in Skiing at the 1936 Winter Olympics but also trained a "British Ski Force" in the British Army, as well as competing in the 1950 World Skiing Championships despite fracturing her spine 2 years earlier. These athletes, and others that have been researched can prove inspirational to the current generation of athletes and fans.
“This has been a fantastic experience for me, and has even given me the opportunity to appear on several panels talking about my experience of the project which has helped build up my confidence and expertise at doing such events.
“It has also broadened my awareness of the work that can be done, and relationships that can be made with other organisations outside of the university, knowledge which I think will be valuable when looking for employment or a career.”
Summary of Team GB activities
The Team GB research project is the latest example of the exciting range of Team GB activities that have taken place at the University since the partnership began in January 2019. Earlier this year, the University announced Olympic Champion, Max Whitlock, who has retained his Olympic title with victory in the men’s pommel horse at Tokyo 2020 – his third gold medal – as its Team GB ambassador.
Additional activities include designing a 360 virtual environment package to help prepare athletes for the Games and student internships.
Events on campus have included a Give it A Go event last month as part of the I am Team GB Festival of Sport encouraging students to try new sports. The event was attended by Team GB gymnast and Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle as part of the launch of the I Am Team GB ‘Festival of sport’. This festival, which is presented by Team GB partner Toyota, sees a programme of events being hosted across the nation on August 14 and 15, drawing on the excitement and success of Britain’s athletes in Tokyo to encourage people to get up and get active. The University will also be encouraging staff, students and the local community to join a special 5k event ‘5k Your Way’ on campus on Saturday 14 August – as part of the celebrations.
There has also been a series of other Team GB appearances where athletes have shared their personal goal-setting and medal-winning experiences with students, a marketing challenge for first-year students and a family sports event for local schools and colleges.
In May, the partnership announced its Get Set To Find Your Extraordinary programme to inspire young people to achieve their own extraordinary dreams. The programme uses the real-life journeys of Team GB athletes and University of Hull students as a springboard for 11 to 18 year olds to reach their full potential.