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Olympic hopeful all set to go the distance with help of sporting degree

By REBECCA BLACK EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT

Long jump champion and now graduate Adam McMullen is no stranger to leaping to success.

Today he is graduating from the Ulster University with a degree in sports theory and practice.

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Later this month he is set to travel to South Korea to represent Ireland at the World University Games.

He is also hoping to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"At the age of 11 when my mum first took me to the local athletics club in Magherafelt, I never would have dreamt that I would be travelling over 5,000 miles away to represent my county in the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea," he said.

"I have always loved sport and after completing a sports diploma at my local college, I decided to take my education to the next level and pursue a degree at Ulster University."

Adam said his studies helped him understand the various careers he can forge in sport.

"The degree gave me a completely new perspective on the world of sport in areas like sports politics, management and performance analysis," he said.

"It helped me understand the vast career opportunities in sport and now I would love to pass my knowledge and experience on to younger athletes and follow a career in coaching."

Adam has an impressive sporting CV; he took part in his first major international competition in 2011 at the European Under 23 Championships held in the Czech Republic.

Since then he has represented Ireland in the European Team Championships both in Estonia and Greece.

He has also set records in the Irish indoor and outdoor University Championships for the long jump and won the British University Championships in 2014.

Adam has paid tribute to his first coach.

"David Reid was, fortunately for me, also my studies advisor at Ulster University," he said.

"He was a great help, both on the track and in the classroom. With his support, I found ways to make sure my studies didn't suffer with all the training, travelling and competitions I was doing.

"I am delighted to go to the World University Games, not only as representative of Northern Ireland, but as a graduate of Ulster University."

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