RARE  RISINGSTARS 2013 The UK’s Top 10 Black Students
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No. 10


Lutalo Muhammad

BSc Sports Science
University of Middlesex
Lutalo Muhammad

Lutalo is used to taking his fair share of bumps and bruises in life, but then again the man once known as the ‘head kicker’ is also pretty good at giving them out.

Born and raised in Walthamstow, a few miles from the site of the Olympic stadium in Stratford, it must have been a hugely proud moment for Lutalo, his family and his community when he left the games with a bronze medal at the 80kg class in taekwondo.

"We were watching taekwondo at the Sydney Olympics when my dad asked me if I would like to compete. I replied ‘yes’ and have been competing ever since. I’m proud to say that I owe him everything."

Rosina is the current Vice Chair of the British Youth Council, overseeing the needs of over 200 member organisations including Unicef UK, The Prince’s Trust and all the regional Youth Councils across the country. Her passion for politics has earned her an appearance on BBC Breakfast, where she was invited to discuss the findings of a report compiled in partnership with the Department for Health on the visibility of nurses in schools.

Winning a medal in your home Olympics is pretty impressive but this feat was even more remarkable given that he won the medal in the face of a backlash from former athletes and some sections of the media, who were angry that Lutalo had been selected ahead of World Number 1, Aaron Cook. However Lutalo proved his doubters wrong and came away with his name in the history books and that all‑important medal.

Prior to the Olympic Games, Lutalo had already established a fearsome tally of national and international medals including Gold at the 2012 European Championships and Gold at the 2008 German Open, aged 16.

Aged nine, Lutalo became one of the youngest people in the UK to gain a black belt and entered his first junior taekwondo competition later that year, taking home a silver medal.

"I hope to inspire young black boys to use the discipline of sport to propel themselves forward in every aspect of their lives."

As co-founder of social enterprise The However there is also more to Lutalo than his incredible sporting achievements. Lutalo has always successfully combined training with studying and is rarely seen without his Amazon Kindle at his side. When his sporting career is over, Lutalo is planning a full time career in Sports Science but in the meantime his sights are firmly set on claiming Gold in this year’s world championships in Mexico.

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