MDX Psychology student James Davis represented Britain during the Olympics, as the youngest member of fencers in the Great Britain team. He won praise for his performance in the Olympics 2012, beating the world champion fencer in the men's foil team event.
James said: "I came out on top against the Italians, who are world number one. I was over the moon. I learned a hell of a lot. I loved being up there - 8,000 seats, packed with Brits cheering your name and shouting for you."
James is one of several athletes at Middlesex on the £10,000 a year Future Gold Scholarship, designed to support students who have a realistic chance of representing Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics.
He said: "The University as a whole - with all the support from staff and the sports department - has been excellent. Because of them…this year I went full time fencing and it has made a big difference. I'm on a scholarship, so they have supported me for the past few years.
To be honest, if it wasn't for Middlesex, I probably wouldn't have been at the Olympics."