Meet: Laura Zialor

Laura keeps reaching for new heights. A high jumper and current student on our sport scholarship programme, Laura competes at an international level while studying BSc Sports, Physical Education and Coaching Science with us. She has recently had a few significant breakthroughs in her field…

This year, Laura added 4cm to her own Club Record with a leap of 1.87m at an Open Meeting at here at the University. This put her third on the 2021 UK Rankings and 38th on the UK all-time rankings!

But she hasn’t stopped there, at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in June this year, Laura reached 1.90m High Jump (a 7cm improvement this year!). She cleared the bar on her third attempt and this moved her to 23rd UK all-time & current 24th in Europe. Just a few weeks later, Laura won a coveted silver medal at the British Championships in Manchester, with a leap of 1.86m.

Game Changing Birmingham: Rising high jump star and current student Laura Zialor

The Scholarship programme provides unlimited physio, sport psychologists, funding for equipment, Laura started off on a Club scholarship and moved up to full scholarship and says how much this has supported her: “My coaches are the reason that I have done what I have done. They are incredible. They have so much knowledge with one still being an athlete and the other a past junior international. They provide the best advice and know what needs to be done in terms of training to get athletes to the level they want. I couldn’t do without them!”

Laura Zialor standing in the Aston Webb building's whispering gallery

Off the track, Laura has supported coaching children to help them realise their aspirations early and feel the joy sport can bring. For now, Laura continues to train here at the University with her coach Jade Surman (Coach, Former International Heptathlete). With these game-changing jumps so early in her career, we can’t wait to see what she does next!

Laura Zialor running in the Aston Webb building's whispering gallery
Laura Zialor, wearing an England-branded athletic kit, crouching down in the hallway of the Aston Webb building