Jack Herring, 19, is studying Business Management with Sport. The Liverpudlian athlete competes in taekwondo at an international level, and took part in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The Korean martial art combines combat and self-defence techniques and is noted for its head-height, fast kicking techniques.
When he’s not undergoing his gruelling taekwondo training, Jack takes full advantage of the University of Salford’s sports centre, which is equipped with a swimming pool, sauna and spa, fitness studio, climbing wall, sports hall and squash courts.
“My taekwondo training is on set days at set times, so being able to use the gym and the other sporting facilities on campus is really useful,” Jack explains.
“I compete at the under 68kg level, so it’s really important to make my weight before I compete. I use the cardio room to burn off fat, and always use the sauna just before a fight to get rid of any extra ounces. I spend a lot of time in the weight room, particularly if I have an injury as I can use the equipment there to help me recover.
“Having the sports centre on my doorstep is brilliant - I spend at least eight hours a week in there. The opening hours fit perfectly around my training days and lecture times, and it’s great to know I can go in whenever I need to.”
The commonwealth athlete concludes: “It’s a fantastic sport facility, and I’d recommend it to anyone.”