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My university experience would not have even been comparable if I hadn’t have got involved with sport. In my first year I lived with my boyfriend. I didn't want to move to a city and only surround myself with his friends, so I joined a group. For me that was a really big thing. It didn’t feel natural for me to go to something and not know anyone, but I knew I had to. I fell in love with it. I’ve made friends that I know will be friends for life. Friends that I still talk to every single day even though they’ve left university. Friends I’ve been travelling with, seen the world with. They dragged me through my breakup - they’ve literally been there through the peaks and the troughs. When I look back at university now, it’s the kayak club - not the course. It’s everything that group of people offered me.

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