Giving his advice to current students at Hull on how to make the most of their time at University, Ben said: “I would say that now, more than ever, it is about proactively seeking opportunities to gain relevant applied experience alongside your academic studies.
“Professional sport is a highly competitive industry to gain access to. From as early as possible, you should look to build up your offering to a potential employer in all aspects.
“Self-development is also imperative – having a desire to continue to learn. All of these things will also serve to increase your network and help to build your personal brand.
“There are no guarantees of course, but proactively taking these steps will increase your chances of success, no doubt.”
Dr Grant Abt, Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology at the University of Hull, taught Ben during his time at Hull.
He said: “It’s so pleasing to see Ben doing well - through hard work, seeking out opportunities, talent, a love of sport, and a real commitment to lifelong learning.