It was a tough start for Julz Adeniran with an inner-city, underprivileged background and a single parent family. However after accidentally discovering hurdling at the relatively late age of 16, he made his international debut less than a year later, heralding sudden Olympic acclaim.
Julz is currently striving towards ‘Rio 2016’ Olympic success. A product of sport through education himself, he has the unique embellishment of also having excelled off the field in the classroom, culminating in a Law LLB degree completed at the prestigious University of Birmingham Law Faculty.
Trained specifically to deliver in school environments by Sport England, Create Development and the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust, alongside his athletics Julz serves as an athlete mentor to disadvantaged young people for the latter charity. As well as inspiring & motivating school pupils through the Government youth initiatives ‘Sportivate’ and ‘National Citizen Service’.
Julz is an outstanding role model, he proves that through hard work and a willingness to persevere it is possible to succeed beyond expectation. His story sends a clear message to students: whilst they may not know at present exactly what they wish to achieve or pursue, almost anything is still possible if they apply themselves, take advantage of the opportunities available and are willing to often find success through failure.
“Julz’s presentation was really well tailored to our students who were all around 16/17 years old and in need of some inspiration. He had an amazing impact on the audience! In our feedback survey 100% of students said they felt the session was either very useful or useful (75% said very useful). Quite a few students were keen to ask Julz questions after his talks and many of our students mentioned how great they thought the session was during their final day presentations. Julz’s style is engaging and relatable, he created a very comfortable environment for all the students. A huge thank you to Julz” Global Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion Administrator, Clyde & Co
“Julz was one of the best speakers we’ve had, he came across with humility and purpose, he also spent a lot of time afterwards with our guests making them feel special.
Julz’s overall performance was excellent, he hit just the right note with a combination of personal engagement and impressive information. His presentation was perfect for our audience and had a real feel of immediacy and relevance. Julz took the audience on his journey, and inspired them to achieve their best and never give up.” Uxbridge College
“We were so pleased with Julz' talk – the kids really loved it too from a look through the evaluation forms and from their enthusiasm to get selfies etc at the end. We'd love to have him back again one day and will be in touch regarding similar events in the future. Please pass on a huge thanks to him and wish him all the best with his training.” Oxford Brookes University
“We were delighted to welcome Julz to speak at our Families and Friends Day as part of the Urban Scholars programme , a unique, sustained, 'widening access' programme based at Brunel University. Julz was an inspirational speaker and his story reinforced many of the key messages we give to the scholars encouraging them to aim high, to be the best they can and to set themselves goals with the future in mind. Hearing from someone who has been successful despite facing numerous challenges inspired and motivated the scholars to realise that they can also achieve their dreams if they work hard, persevere and seize all the opportunities available to them. Julz's talk also encouraged a greater sense of self- efficacy and an awareness that you are the 'designer of your own future'. Thank you Julz, we hope to see you again and we wish you every success.” Brunel University
“Having Julz Adeniran participate in our Olympic themed STEM day was a real bonus. He worked with all of Year 7 delivering a session that got students to explore the feelings of success and failure. The students hung on to every word he said and have been truly inspired. We would have Julz back to work with us again without any hesitation.” − Mary Webb School
“Julz's visit to our school was a huge success, the feedback was all highly positive, from both teachers and children alike. He spoke with an engaging style that captivated his different audiences, whether they were 5 or 11. His message was inspirational and motivational and we all left feeling like we could accomplish anything.” − Michael Sobell Sinai School
“Julz was invited to speak to our Year 11's after an intensive day of Maths and English revision. Both students and staff were captivated and inspired by his story of overcoming obstacles and working hard to achieve our dreams. His very inspirational story had a group of four young men so intrigued they spent a great deal of time questioning Julz about university life and his sports career. A life changing moment for all who were privileged to listen to his motivational speech.” − Cardinal Wiseman College
“A truly inspirational athlete who was able to share his experiences and answer questions from all. Students, parents and staff were enthused and captivated by Julz's story… One student said “Mr Smith, I have listened to lots of guest speakers at Jack Hunt School, but none as fun and helpful as he was”. Thank you Julz for all of your hard work!” − Jack Hunt School
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