8 November 2017

A University of Hertfordshire student was part of the U23 Great Britain Girls White Water Rafting Team that won an overall bronze medal at the recent R6 World Rafting Championships in Japan.

India Wayland, a Sports Therapy (BSc Hons) student, competed as captain of the team in October. They came home with one gold medal and one bronze medal, resulting in an overall bronze medal for the team. Also in the team was University of Hertfordshire alumni Kimberly Woods, who graduated with a Sport Studies (BSc Hons) degree.

India said: ‘We were pleased with this result however not 100% satisfied knowing we could have done even better, we are going to fight hard to hold our place for selection in 2018 so we can represent GB in Argentina and retain our R4 World Championship titles in the Sprint and Endurance Races.

‘The World Rafting Championships holds such a deeper meaning than just being a sporting event. It is a chance for cultures to come together and learn about each other, it is an amazing sport to watch and we hope one day this will make it to the Olympics alongside Canoe Slalom.’

India is currently on her sandwich year at the University of Hertfordshire, having recently completing her second year of study. Since starting University India has competed in Indonesia, Dubai and now Japan. She credits the University of Hertfordshire and the sports therapy department for allowing her the flexibility with her studies to compete.

Hannah Darling, Performance Sports and Scholarship Manager, at the University of Hertfordshire said:

‘We’re thrilled for India and the GB rafting team and their success in Japan. We support all of our students to ensure they are able to achieve their best, and with the sporting elites like India we tailor their education so they can fit it round their sporting commitments.’