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Welcome to the latest edition of our Scholars Q&A! In this weekly feature, we speak to a selection of our Team Surrey scholars to hear about their experiences and achievements within university sport and beyond.

Next up, we’re hearing from swimmer Sam Neeld about his endeavours in the pool…


How have things been going with you recently? 

“Currently I am and have been swimming in the Guildford Lido for the last 6 weeks. I also competed in British Swimming Selection Trials in mid-April which was a great experience racing against the best in the country.”


When and where did your swimming career begin?

“I started club level swimming at the age of 8 for my local team and I stayed there for many years before moving to a larger club at 13. “


What are your aims in the sport moving forward?

“Moving forward I would like to keep improving on my personal bests and get to a stage where I am challenging for medals at British nationals.


How has the university supported you and your sporting endeavours?

“The university has helped my training by providing me with lots of opportunity to train with top athletes and coaches as well as providing physio and kit where it has been needed.”


What would you say to prospective students considering Surrey?

“For students considering Surrey for university I would highly recommend it as they have been very helpful for me balancing my studies and sport.”


What has been the highlight of your time at Surrey?

“My highlight at Surrey was the first BUCS event that I took part in because the team atmosphere was amazing and that was something I had not experienced before.”


Quick-fire Questions

Sporting role model? “Duncan Scott.

Favourite meal? “Spaghetti bolognese.”

Favourite lockdown workout? “CrossFit/strength workout

Favourite song for exercising/training? “No Role Modelz- J. Cole.”

Best thing about Surrey? “The opportunities you have.”