Olympic medal hopeful Jemma Reekie has paid tribute to her college days as she gets set to compete in Tokyo.
Jemma, 23, will take part in the Women’s 800m heat 6 on Friday at the newly-constructed Olympic Stadium.
It was just five years ago that Jemma graduated with an HNC in Sports Coaching from City of Glasgow College.
She credits the experience for helping to give her more confidence and in developing her sporting career.
“I never really enjoyed school as I was always focused more on running,” said Jemma.
“During class I was always thinking how I could fit homework around training. My parents’ encouraged me to explore other options so I started to look at college and City of Glasgow College seemed the perfect stepping stone for me.
“Studying at the college was a really good experience as it pushed me out of my comfort zone.
“I was so young, only 16, but I think coming to study in Glasgow at that age made me more so much more confident and really helped develop me.”
Jemma said that lecturers at the college all took an interest in her and in her running.
“Coming to the college was great for me as I am obsessed about sport,” she explained.
“I was able to learn things I didn’t know about sport like psychology and nutrition. No matter what I studied, I always took it as a learning opportunity to develop my skills and improve my training.
“The lecturers all took an interest in me and my running, and I could relate to them all as I had a passion for sport and so did they.
“And I got access to the gym pretty much whenever I needed it. I can honestly say my time at college was the best, and so much fun.”
Iain Houston, associate dean of sport and fitness, said: “Only five years ago Jemma represented the college at the Scottish University & College Association Championships.
“Now she is a world-class athlete representing Team GB at Tokyo 2020.”
He added: “Jemma has shown just what can be achieved when you dedicate your life to a sport you are passionate about.
“The sports coaching staff at City of Glasgow College is proud to have played a part in her journey.
“Let’s hope her hard work and dedication leads to a well-deserved podium finish for her at these Olympics.”