Lauren Steadman previous sport scholar with gold Paralympic medal

Previous sport scholars

We have a history of success with our previous scholars - check out their successes

Over the years, we have supported many athletes who have gone on to compete at the highest level, including winning Paralympic Gold. Here is a small selection of our high achievers.

One of our most recent high performance athletes is Lauren Steadman. Lauren is a graduate, a 3 time Paralympian, a Rio Silver Medalist, a double World Champion, a 6 time European Champion in Paratriathlon whilst also achieving her degree and masters. She has also starred on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Lauren epitomises the support you can receive at the University of Portsmouth, while achieving high performance goals. Take a look below at some of our other sport scholarships over the years.

Serena Vincent - Shot Put

Sport scholar Serena Vincent

BA (Hons) Geography

  • International level athlete
  • U23 National Champion and England Senior Champion 2022
  • BUCS record holder for indoor shot put
  • BUCS Indoor and Outdoor champion 2022 and 2023
  • Winner of European Throwing Cup 2023
  • Silver at the U23 European Athletics Championships

Taylor-lei Mohan - BMX

Sport scholar Taylor-lei Mohan

Law with Business LLB (Hons)

  • International level athlete
  • Ranked British number 8 for BMX Cruiser 
  • Represents Peckham BMX Club
  • Placed 25th at the World Championships 2022
  • Placed 2nd at two European Cup rounds
  • Competing at the World Championships 2023

Tom Field - Powerlifting

Sport scholar Tom Field

Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation MSc

  • National level athlete
  • Ranked 4th in U23 age group
  • British Bench Press Champion - Junior 83kg
  • Bronze medallist at the World Bench Press Championships 2023

Fleur Schrader - Para-dressage

Previous scholar Fleur Schrader

BSc (Hons) Social Work

  • International level athlete
  • Has represented Hong Kong in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics    
  • Will compete at the World Equestrian Games 2022    

Will Grace - Triathlon

Previous scholar Will Grace

MSc Coastal and Marine Resource Management

  • International level athlete
  • 5th at 2021 Outlaw Bowood 
  • 1st at 2021 British age group Championships
  • 1st at European Age group Championships 2019 and 2021
  • 12th place in Ironman Hamburg 2022

Ben Khor - Double Trap Shooting

Previous scholar Ben Khor

BA (Hons) Architecture

  • Delhi 2008 Commonwealth Games Bronze Medallist

Dan Bentley - Boccia

Previous scholar Dan Bentley

BA (Hons) Communication Design

  • Beijing 2008 Paralympic Gold Medallist and London 2012 Bronze Medallist

Holly Jane Myers - Rugby

Previous scholar Holly Myers

BA (Hons) History and Politics

  • England Rugby Union and Rugby League International

Jonothan Francois - Boxing

Previous scholar Jonothan Francois

BSc (Hons) Sports Development

  • BUCS Champion and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Boxer

Lauren Steadman - Swimming and Paratriathlon

Previous scholar Lauren Steadman

MSc Business and Management

  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Silver Medallist and Double World Champion
  • Tokyo 2022 Paralympic Gold Medallist

Mary Perrot - Archery

Previous scholar Mary Perrot

BA (Hons) Hospitality Management

  • GB International Archer