Hur­dler Julz drops in to honour stu­dents

GB ath­lete in­spires with talk at award cer­e­mony

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

STU­DENT suc­cesses were hon­oured at an awards night by a GB ath­lete.

Uxbridge Col­lege stu­dents and em­ployer part­ners were re­warded for their achieve­ments by Great Bri­tain 110m hur­dler Julz Adeni­ran.

Julz pre­sented awards to win­ners cho­sen from among the col­lege’s 8,000plus full-time and part­time learn­ers and its em­ployer part­ners at the an­nual awards cer­e­mony on Septem­ber 15.

The event, held at The Beck Theatre, in Hayes, recog­nised win­ners cho­sen from across the col­lege’s aca­demic and vo­ca­tional pro­grammes, in­clud­ing GCSEs, A Lev­els, BTECs, ap­pren­tice­ships and HNDs – and from among the 1,000 em­ploy­ers the col­lege works with.

Suc­cess­ful stu­dents in­cluded over­all win­ner Zanib Shahid, 20, who re­ceived the Su­per Star prize, spon­sored by Lloyds Bank.

Across four years of study, on busi­ness cour­ses and while com­plet­ing maths and English qual­i­fi­ca­tions, Zanib pro­gressed from Level 1 to Level 3 – the equiv­a­lent of A Lev­els – and has now achieved a univer­sity place.

She joined the col­lege in 2012 with few qual­i­fi­ca­tions and very lit­tle spo­ken or writ­ten English, hav­ing newly ar­rived in the coun­try from Pak­istan.

She also com­bined part-time work with her stud­ies after be­ing of­fered a job at WH Smith fol­low­ing her work ex­pe­ri­ence place­ment there. Zanib is now go­ing to the Univer­sity of Roe­hamp­ton to study crim­i­nol­ogy.

Zanib was among a num­ber of achiev­ers pre­sented with awards by Julz, who talked about his jour­ney to be­com­ing a com­pet­i­tive hur­dler, his phi­los­o­phy for suc­cess, and how his hopes for the 2016 Olympics were dashed when his Achilles ten­don snapped while train­ing.

He en­cour­aged the au­di­ence to fo­cus on their goals and em­pha­sised the role of ap­ply­ing self­dis­ci­pline in achiev­ing suc­cess, as well as be­ing pre­pared to keep go­ing after fail­ures and dis­ap­point­ments.

He also talked about his hero Usain Bolt and even took a selfie with the au­di­ence while striking the fa­mous Bolt cel­e­bra­tory pose.

Prin­ci­pal of Uxbridge Col­lege Laraine Smith said: “Our awards cer­e­mony with spe­cial guest 110m hur­dler Julz Adeni­ran was a won­der­ful cel­e­bra­tion of the suc­cesses of our stu­dents, our em­ployer part­ners, and the col­lege as a whole – con­grat­u­la­tions to ev­ery­one.

“For our stu­dents we had a chance to recog­nise their many achieve­ments, in­clud­ing their aca­demic and vo­ca­tional achieve­ments, which are of­ten ful­filled de­spite many chal­lenges, and the many con­tri­bu­tions they make to their peer groups and com­mu­ni­ties.

“Our awards in the em­ploy­ment-re­lated train­ing cat­e­gory were also a real re­flec­tion of how im­por­tant busi­ness part­ner­ships and work­based train­ing is, not only to the col­lege and our stu­dents but to our broader com­mu­nity as a whole.

“Julz was a real in­spi­ra­tion to ev­ery­one and made the evening re­ally spe­cial, and I’d like to say a big thank you to him.”

n HON­OURS: The stu­dents at the awards night; (left) Zanib Shahid with hur­dler Julz Adeni­ran

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