Badminton boffin Jarred Elliott, a 23-year-old second-year student in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the North-West University (NWU), will represent the NWU and South Africa at the upcoming International University Sports Federation (FISU) Summer World University Games in China.
Recognising the immense responsibility that comes with this honour, Jarred, alongside the other members of the South African contingent, is diligently preparing for the upcoming games.
Jarred, who is pursuing a diploma in coaching science, is one of only two badminton participants selected for the South African team.
He will be competing in the individual event for the men's doubles discipline.
“It’s always a blessing when you get the chance to represent your country, but it does make it incredibly special being one of two students to be chosen to participate in badminton,” says Jarred.
Despite his rigorous training schedule, Jarred enjoys discovering new landmarks, cultures, and especially their cuisine.
He adds that sports-related travel has turned into a hobby for him, allowing him to experience various cultures.
The NWU has a strong representation in the various sporting codes at the World University Games. Besides Jarred, the team includes Deidre Jordaan (badminton coach), Albertus Aucamp (archery) and Johan Coetzee (tennis). Christopher Swart, Valco Hendrik van Wyk, Karmen Fouche, Tamzin Thomas, Marga Cumming, Phindile Kubheka and Rogail Joseph will be part of the athletics team.
Jarred Elliott and Amy Ackerman, Jarred’s mixed doubles partner, showcase their sporting prowess as he gears up for the World Student Games in China.