‘I am aspiring athlete and fitness enthusiast, currently studying Sport and Exercise Science at Loughborough University, widely regarded as the best course of its type in Europe. I am currently a 3 time County Athletics gold medallist over the sprint disciplines at junior level and am working hard every single day to continually improve myself mentally, physically and athletically. With a great passion for all things fitness and sport, I hope over the coming years to forge a successful and fruitful career in sport, dealing with a variety of aspects such as strength and conditioning, nutrition and recovery. ‘
‘I ended up at Loughborough studying what I am because I’ve known for a few years now if I was going to go to university, sports science was the degree for me, I’ve always loved sport, PE and learning about all the different areas of science in relation to the human body so it was a natural move for me. In terms of why Loughborough specifically, I always heard great things about the university, I had a relative who came here and loved it, and I was incredibly impressed with the campus when I came on an open day and fell in love with the place.
Who inspires me to compete is a more difficult question, I’d have to start by saying my coach who is really great with me and has done so much for me and my training partners. Other than that I’d have to say Tyson Gay due to the way he is very humble, respectful and quietly goes about his business working incredibly hard in training everyday. I also have a big respect for Asafa Powell as I think he’s the absolute perfect technical model for sprinters (just maybe not mentally). Outside of sprinting I’d say Greg Plitt inspires me as he is just so motivational and enthusiastic about what he does.’
Roy Barber is 19 years old and comes from a small Leicestershire town called Market Harborough