BOXING CLEVER; World champion kickboxer Darryl snaps up uni scholarship.
A WORLD champion kickboxer is among more than 50 students who have received scholarships worth more than PS76,000.
Darryl Gallagher, of Maes Tryfan in Bangor, won one of Bangor University's prestigious sports scholarships, which are awarded to outstanding sportspeople and allow them to continue competing while they study.
Darryl recently returned from the World Kickboxing Championships in Italy with two gold medals.
He is studying Sport, Health & Physical Education at the university's School of Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences, and trains regularly at the university's Maes Glas sports centre.
As a promising young athlete, Darryl had also received Maes Glas Bursaries before going to the university.
The bursaries provided him with free access to the facilities and coaching at the sports centre.
At Bangor University's recent scholarship awards evening, 53 students from North Wales received scholarship awards worth tens of thousands of pounds.
The university awards a range of scholarships to students in different subjects and for different reasons. Some scholarships are available through examination, and the standard this year was said to be "exceptionally high". Other scholarships are awarded on the strength of the initial applications to study at the university.
Talent Opportunities Project (TOP) scholarships, which are awarded to pupils at local schools participating in the university's TOP project, were awarded to 27 students.
Through a programme of activities and visits, the programme encourages pupils to consider higher education as an option for them. The pupils at participating schools are promised a scholarship if they progress to study at Bangor University. Alan Parry of Bangor University said: "We're glad to be able to offer such a wide range of scholarships to these talented students who have just begun their studies at Bangor University.
"Our TOP Scholarships show our commitment to widening access to higher education by encouraging young people to study at university. We're really pleased to welcome 18 new students from local schools who have participated in the TOP project along with all our new scholarship winners.
"Bangor has one of the largest and most well-established widening access projects at any university. The university works closely with schools, pupils and parents in the TOP project over a three-year period.
"It represents an important commitment to the region, and raises the aspirations of school pupils across North Wales as well as raising their awareness of higher education and what it has to offer them."
Darryl Gallagher from Maes Tryfan, Bangor, a world champion double gold medal winner in kickboxing, is studying Sport, Health & Physical Education at Bangor University