Alumnus profile: Julz Adeniran

Photo of Julz Adeniran Rising star Julz Adeniran could well be a name to look out for in the 2012 home Olympics. Graduating in Law LLB in 2010 and then serving an elected Sabbatical Officer term, as the University of Birmingham Guild of Student’s current Vice President (Sport), Julz is now planning to put all of his energy and focus into athletics full-time from this summer. 

A late starter to the sport Julz was spotted back in 2005 running at a schools sports gala in Bromsgrove, ending up with him competing at the English School Championships. Taking to the sprint hurdles discipline like a duck to water he achieved his first international representative vest in his very first season in the sport; before going on to represent Great Britain at World and European U20 Championships, twice in his first three years of hurdling. Since his admission to the Law School, the University of Birmingham Sports Scholar has experienced continued success at HE level and this year he has won British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Indoor and Outdoor Championship Gold, in 60m hurdles and 110m hurdles respectively. Now free from academic commitments Julz has his sights set on representing the University and Great Britain at August’s World Student Games in Shenzhen, China.

Throughout his studies, parked at the back of Julz’s mind has been that fact that we are drawing ever closer to a once in a lifetime opportunity of an Olympic Games taking place on home turf.  Julz talks about how he balanced his Law degree alongside the grueling 6-day a week training regime required to realise his Olympic dream:

It was a calculated decision to complete my law studies as opposed to adopting the ‘Wayne Rooney route’ and leaving school to train full-time, and with that I appreciated that swapping the gym and track for the Law library for the best part of three years would have the effect of delaying my development in the sport. However I’ve always thought that any sporting career can be fickle and does not last forever, so if you can it is best to get a good degree in your back pocket first. The juggling act at times was very difficult and frustrating as both sides were compromised throughout, but my studies imparted a lot and with discipline, good time management and a little sacrifice I was very pleased to graduate from such a fantastic and well respected Law School.”  

In February this year Julz made his international Grand Prix debut when he was invited to compete at the Aviva Indoor Grand Prix event at Birmingham’s NIA, donning his University of Birmingham vest for the BBC cameras. His outdoor season has started off in a similar vein, with recent selection to represent British Universities at the prestigious Loughborough International resulting in an impressive victory and new personal best time. However in order to keep his Olympic ambitions alive, Julz now faces the formidable task securing private backing to help fund the heavy financial burden of the full-time training that will allow him to exploit his talent to full potential. Julz has recently entered a national sponsorship competition with the ‘Bring on Tomorrow Foundation’ that is looking to help support young athletes in their London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016 journeys.

Julz is currently in need of sponsorship. For more information about the benefits available thorough sponsoring him or to make a donation towards his training expenses, please visit: www.julzadeniran.com