The LSE Sports Ambassador Scheme recognises and rewards exceptional sporting talent amongst our students. It supports and develops students who are elite athletes in any recognised sport to pursue their chosen sporting career.
Applicants will typically be representing a country at international level or be involved in a national development squad / trialling process. A grant given by the LSE Annual Fund will also help successful applicants with training, equipment, travel and tournament registration costs.
By becoming an LSE Sports Ambassador you will be representing the LSE sporting community by holding talks about balancing academic work and sports training, outreaching to prospective students about the scheme and bringing LSE’s sporting excellence to the fore.
LSE sport is great but you can make it excellent, so if you think you fulfil the criteria for this scheme we would love to hear from you. You can download an application form here which you'll need to complete and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a look at our January 2014 Launch presentation featuring almost all of our current Athletes and their journey to becoming LSE Sports Ambassadors.
Ollie Cook - Rowing
I am an MSc student in the History department and currently in the Great Britain senior rowing squad. Last year while I was in my final year as an undergraduate IR & History student I competed for GB at the World U23 Rowing Championships coming 5th and later at the senior European Championships (competing against Olympic crews) also coming 5th. Last year I was captain of the University of London boat club (ULBC), we won Henley Royal Regatta, Men’s Head of the River, and I won the national U23 trials. I am now part of the 16 man senior GB rowing squad.
Marcus Mepstead - Fencing
I am currently studying at LSE, in my second year as a Geography with Economics student. I have competed at an international level since the age of 13, representing GBR in consecutive World and European championships for the past decade. Over the past four years I have achieved 4 consecutive podium finishes at national level as well as a bronze medal at the 2010 European team championships, fourth place finish at the Olympic Team test event and an eighth place finish at the 2010 World Team Championships. The bronze medal at the European Team Championships was the first team medal in 65 years for GBR.
At every age group I have set milestones which still remain within the sport. At the age of 15 I was the youngest medallist at Senior British Championships, at 17 the youngest winner of Junior World Cup and at the age of 20 the youngest British medallist at Senior European Championships.
Alongside my studies I am currently on UKSport’s World Class Performance Programme for 2016 with the aim of qualifying and winning a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Rio.
Chris Anguelov – Bulgarian Tennis
I'm a tennis player with an ATP ranking of 1916 - earned first world ranking points in October to officially turn professional. Ranked 15th in Bulgaria. Undefeated in all uni matches (in fourth year now). Goals: Represent Bulgaria in Davis Cup and make top 100 ATP, competing in all four Grand Slams.
Tom Johnson – England Judo
I'm a First Year History undergraduate student. I've been doing Judo since the age of nine, have been on the England Talent Squad for six years and I am currently on the u21 GB Squad. I fought for Great Britain in Portugal in March but was out from March to September with a fractured back. Since then, I've won a ranking event in Belgium, the u21 Welsh Open and last weekend I won the u21 British Championships to become the u21 British No.1. My short term goal is to represent GB at the u21 World Championships in USA next year and long term I'd like to win Gold at Tokyo 2020.
Luca Lixi - Italian Hockey
I am a MSc student in International Migration and Public Policy. I play field hockey for Italy. I started playing for the youth national team at 16, and had my debut with the senior team against France when I was 18 and have since been in the senior squad. I have played various competitions since then, including the EuroHockey championships, International Tournaments and ranking test matches. The highlight of these have been the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan this July which gave me a great sense of how incredible an Olympic experience would be when parading in front of 45.000 people at the inaugural ceremony. My long-term goal is, together with the rest of the team, to work hard to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. In particular, my aim is to combine high levels of sport with my study in order to keep my position in the squad in these future years. My short-term objective is to work hard to achieve the best result possible at the World League in September 2014. I am also two times U21 National Champion, one time runner up for the Italian cup, and defending Champion of the Italian Series A having won it last year.
James Frewin – GB Fencer
I'm a Third Year undergraduate and I am a fencer. I am currently ranked 5th in the Senior Rankings. I have won the U17 and U18 National Champs and competed for GBR since I was 13. My short-term goal is to qualify for the Senior Commonwealth Games and win a medal. My long-term goals are to win the senior nationals and win medals at Senior A-grades.
Rebecca Windemer - Triathlon
I'm a Third Year studying Geography and I do triathlon. After having a couple of year's break from serious training, I started training and racing competitively again last year and qualified for the GB age group 20-24 years team to compete at the age group world championships. This year I am trying to build from this and improve both my national and international ranking for my age.
Alex Lundberg – England Rugby
I'm in the Wasps Academy and played for England u16, u18s, u19s and u20s. This year, I am in the u20s squad with an aim to play in the u20s 6 Nations and the Junior World Championship. In the long term, I want to make a career out of rugby and play for Wasps and hopefully England.
Alexander Lushnikov – Russian Karate
I represent Russia in the National Karate Team, we gained Silver at the 2012 World Cup (Tashkent, Uzbekistan), Bronze at 2009 World Championships (Tokyo, Japan), 2 Dan, International Referee. Goals: Gold at 2014 European Championships (Moscow, Russia), Gold at 2015 World Championships (Tokyo, Japan).
Jennifer Arthur – GB Rowing
I have just graduated from a Geography undergraduate degree and am now studying a Masters in Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation. Essentially, I have been a swimmer all my life and have competed at national level for a long time, becoming the captain of the University of London swimming team for two years from 2011-13. Last year, however, I also started rowing at the University of London Boat Club as a novice and quickly got stuck in to training 14 times a week on top of swimming. By the end of the year I’d won BUCs Novice Singles and Women’s Henley. I also won the University of London’s President’s Cup this year for performance and contribution in swimming and rowing. This year, I am focusing solely on rowing and developing my potential, doing GB U23 trials and trying to qualify for the European university Champs (EUSA) and the World University Champs (FISU) in the summer. Long term, my goals are hard to gauge having rowed for such a short time, but hopefully to fulfil my potential and progress as far as I can into international rowing.
The LSE Sport Ambassador scheme is kindly supported by the LSE Annual Fund.