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Congratulations To World Class Student

Kedleston Road campus 504x257 Congratulations To World Class Student

Date posted: 15 July 2011

The University would like to congratulate one of its students on her recent Bronze Medal win at the 2011 World Jiu Jitsu Championships, held in Los Angeles, USA.

Vanessa Williams, 22, took home the Bronze Medal in the Women's Blue Featherweight category on 5 June 2011, after three successful fights in the competition.

Vanessa, who has recently completed a BA (Hons) degree in Creative Expressive Therapies, took up the martial art at age 17 after seeing a demonstration. She fell in love with the sport and has been training three or four times a week ever since.

By the start of 2011, Vanessa held 13 Brazilian Jui itsu medals (11 gold and 2 bronze) from competitions in the UK and Europe, and so was feeling confident about her level of performance going into the IBJJF World Championships in Long Beach, Los Angeles, last month. Her confidence was proved justified as she secured the bronze with a skilful 'triangle' move.

Ollie Shearer, Sports Development Manager for the University of Derby, said: "We are really proud of Vanessa for performing so well in her sport at an international level. She is an inspiring sports person; and we wish her the best of luck in her future competitions."

Vanessa is now in training for competitions in Sweden later this year.

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