What Makes an Elite Athlete? Team GB Olympian Adam Gemili Explains

Ever wondered how the world’s elite athletes get to the top of their game and become the best of the best? It’s a combination of factors, ranging from discipline to drive to having access to world class facilities.

The latter can be found at the University of East London, one of the top places to train for high performance athletes. Learn how you can get involved here —and sign up to become the next generation of UK world class athletes.

UEL is a large, modern university with campuses and sports facilities to match. Our commitment to sport is reflected in our aim to become the number-one university for sport in London by 2015. We are well on our way to achieving that goal, evident by a massive jump of 51 places in the British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) league table in the last two years, and by winning the ‘Most Improved University’ accolade at the BUCS 2010–2011 Awards ceremony. In accordance with this UEL has made a significant investment in sports scholarships for high-performing athletes.

The High-Performance Sport Programme at the University of East London is one of the most attractive in the UK and enables elite athletes to balance study with their sporting ambitions by offering our elite athletes world-class facilities, comprehensive support and financial scholarships and bursaries.

Our current sports scholars include Olympians, Paralympians and senior internationals who represent UEL at national and international university competitions. In 2012, three of our current scholars, Ali Jawad (powerlifting), Gemma Gibbons (judo) and Sophie Cox (judo), were chosen to represent Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

www.uel.ac.uk

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Awesome to have @HKane and Mauricio Pochettino drop by this morning at training. Any improvement in Harry’s speed t… https://t.co/b2Jcychxsh
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Please Liverpool 🙏
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For the record my last post is a quote by Frederick Douglass from the 19th century - we’ve come a long way since th… https://t.co/ADq2rS6sa9
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So exited to go watch Barcelona play at The Camp Nou tonight. Gonna try my best to hold back the tears when I see Coutinho on the pitch 😢
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Spent the day back where it all started at Blackheath and Bromley with @ProD_Running and @NikeUK. Talked about my c… https://t.co/dCqqBltLz6
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Get comfortable with being uncomfortable
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Jumping into the New Year like.. pic.twitter.com/KO2ab34eMP
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Christmas is the best! Hope everyone has had a great day making lots of memories with loved ones🎄☺️
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Liverpool are banter 😑
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Omdz what a strike @joe_bryan179 😵😵😵
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Tis the season for a COD Xmas giveaway! RT for your chance to win #CODWWI for PS4 & a Season Pass (UK Entries Only… https://t.co/7jnpmQgLjb
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A great night for track and field at this years SPOTY. Big congrats to @Mo_Farah, @JonniePeacock, @J_Ennis and the… https://t.co/rv26zszkt7
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Finding out a school child jumped in front of a train this afternoon at Leighton Buzzard breaks my heart. Please do… https://t.co/aBGnoasw9E
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When you have 1 day left of training camp and you hear it’s snowing back in the U.K.😫 Making that sun count boyyyyy…https://t.co/JxruVZ5YGbb
Updated via Twitter for iPhone at 01 Dec 2017 17:25
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Very proud of @AdeneganK on this recognition. Amazing young athlete who works incredibly hard. Really hope she wins… https://t.co/z6F7zPD2ov
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Followers shouldn’t determine status. Maybe I’m wrong but I always believed that it should come from performances and being a good person!
Updated via Twitter for iPhone at 15 Nov 2017 20:12
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I’ve never been someone to stress or worry much about social media following and don’t ever focus on raising my profile that way
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Very grateful to be offered support going into next season. Big thanks also to @TNLUK & their players for all they… https://t.co/UExsOw3ZwP
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Loving this remake of a classic from Tasty B and his pals to launch the new Müller Rice 5 Grains!… https://t.co/D36fsc5f42
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Massive thank you to the guys over @Compex_INT for this absolute beauty. Can’t wait to give it a try! pic.twitter.com/IUroZ5gJtD
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Shout out to the absolute beast that is @Lawrence_tko for another win tonight too. UEL represent!!!
Updated via Twitter for iPhone at 28 Oct 2017 22:23
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Solid boxing and win for AJ tonight. Gutted the ref ended it how he did as Takam was a beast. Joshua vs Wilder will be mad! 👀
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Young Lions!!! 🙌 Massive congrats to the@Englandd U17s on their World Cup win#TheFuturee
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Really lucky and privileged to be selected for my second Commonwealth Games in Australia. Excited to compete alread… https://t.co/cMdZzGTdqM
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Awesome day with all the relay teams including a fantastic motivational talk from @campbellclaret. Do you love to w… https://t.co/0BcYfPDekW
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Great to chat to the guys from @LDNairamb. We may all need them at some point yet they’re self funded. Any support… https://t.co/rKY7eCk0mE
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I’m attending #ChampionsDay and here is your chance win a pair of tickets to the sold out event -… https://t.co/SW6oDkpQQD
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Pleasure to be back at the Uni of East London to talk to the new sports scholars. Great to see so much talent under… https://t.co/H9jX9r3GAE
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Today I found out neither my Mum or Dad has seen Forest Gump. Who are these people I've been living with for 23 years!? 😵
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After years of telling people I'm over 6 foot I'm happy to have finally found a 'legit' height chart to prove to th… https://t.co/ZzSxEPRTry
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About to destroy my fourth red velvet magnum of the day and I'm not even sorry #offseason
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Heartbroken to see this. Literally chatted to him last week and was such a nice and friendly guy. Rest in peace coa… https://t.co/ZNv2fvrudx
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Gatwick airport is actually winning 🙌 pre flight meal@NandosUKK and then on route to Hong Kong and Bali!pic.twitter.com/TTrvmpxKlUU
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Looking forward to seeing @george_ezra at #ChampionsDay this year. Gonna be a great way to top off an awesome day! https://t.co/CiT1IsMkVd
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Awesome time last night seeing @LiamPayne perform. Great to meet and chat to him after too. Thanks to the guys from… https://t.co/GCbDhnMT8V
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I'll see you all on track in 2018. The support this year has really got me through some dark time so wanna say a ma… https://t.co/CMr1T6NFsv
Updated via Twitter for iPhone at 29 Aug 2017 20:01
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Sorry to all those who came out to support in Birmingham today. I'm genuinely gutted. Have to learn, move on and get it right in Zurich!
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Awesome to volunteer @parkrun today. Great chance to say thanks for all the @TNLUK support. Proud to be part of… https://t.co/1OQUhLik8R
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WE ARE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS!!! No words to describe how I feel right now. Overwhelmed with the messages of support.… https://t.co/3VKvZiVsXX
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DINA IS A BOSS!!!!
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Are they bantering? https://t.co/TzonEQE49I
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This can't be a thing, career at an all time high! 😂😂@JNETTEKWAKYEKpic.twitter.com/M9B8cuc2Kj2Kj
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3 Brits safely through to the 200m semis. We could see all 3 in the final and challenging for medals for sure!
Updated via Twitter for iPhone at 07 Aug 2017 18:26
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Gutted for @andrew_pozzi, @HollyBradshawPV and @JohnsonThompson tonight. Sport can be brutal but they bounce back stronger & with more fire!
Updated via Twitter for iPhone at 06 Aug 2017 20:14
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Mad respect for @rprescod1 out there tonight. Running fast at the right time and absolutely held his own out there. What a guy!!! 🙌
Updated via Twitter for iPhone at 05 Aug 2017 20:58
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MAN LIKE MO!!!!!!
Updated via Twitter for iPhone at 04 Aug 2017 20:49
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Gutted I couldn't be out there tonight to compete but so happy all three brits eased through to the semis. They will all fly tomorrow 🇬🇧
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