Going for gold!

Posted on 17th October 2016

A Chester journalism student strikes gold with a dream internship in Rio!

As Team ParalympicsGB scooped 64 golds, Sports Journalism student Oli Osborn was in the Brazilian capital gaining valuable on-the-job experience he will treasure forever.

Oli was one of 14 volunteers selected to support the International Paralympic Committee’s media output for four weeks throughout the Paralympic Games.

“It was a great experience,” said Oli. “The skills I was taught at university and my previous experience in the field have helped me excel under the pressure of covering sport for a global audience.” 

Oli was able to attend each venue on the Barra Olympic Park site to experience some of incredible moments including one that has been referred to as the highlight of the 2016 Paralympic Games.

“I was fortunate enough to be covering live when Iranian powerlifter Siamand Rahman became the first para-athlete to break the 300kg barrier in the men's +107kg division,” recalled Oli.

“Not only did he do this, but he did so with three consecutive attempts, taking his final lift up to 310kg. That’s the weight of two baby elephants!"

Oli, who graduates in November, stressed how his three years on the BA Sports Journalism programme helped prepare him for the challenges presented in Rio.

“There was a great amount I took from my course at the University of Chester into the Paralympics role. The emphasis on the digital aspects of media proved to be right. Everything we did in Rio revolved around getting the most out of our digital media platforms." 

BA Sports Journalism programme leader David Randles said: “I am delighted our Sports Journalism students are able to showcase their skills on such high-profile global stages. It demonstrates the value of the industry-focused tuition delivered on the programme where employability is top of our list of priorities.”