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Sina Ghami and AJ IMG 9325bPictured: Sina Ghami with IBF World Heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua.

A sports rehabilitator who is part of boxer Anthony Joshua’s backroom team for the world championship fight against Wladimir Klitschko inspired Uxbridge College students during a visit. Sina Ghami is part of Team AJ, backing the IBF World Heavyweight Champion in his bout against Klitschko at Wembley Stadium on 29 April 2017.

He spoke to a group of about 100 students, taking them through his journey to qualify as a sports rehabilitator, create his own style of training and work with big names in Britain and America including: Joshua; NBA Basketball player Draymond Jamal Green (no.23 Golden State Warriors); James Mulley – previously a League two football player; American NFL player Jerel Worthy (no.94 Buffalo Bills); BJ Cunningham from the Philadelphia Eagles (NFL). He also ran a circuit training session for 35 students.

Sina talked about his time studying at Middlesex University, and also at Michigan State University, completing a BSc in Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation/Personal Trainer & Sports Massage. During his time in the States he worked with various elite athletes through the university, gaining knowledge and experience of NFL, NBA, Ice Hockey and Baseball. He shared images from his life and career with the students, including of him with his hero The Rock, aka Dwayne Johnson.

Sina was taught and coached by Uxbridge College Sports Academy Co-ordinator Shayne Chandler during his time at Harrow College, where Shayne used to work, and afterwards as a player for Beaconsfield SYCOB. The circuit session was based on his own personal training system which includes Pads (Boxing), H.I.R.T.S trainer, TRX, Battle Rope, Tornado Ball, Weight Vest, Reaction Ball, Parachute, Trampoline, Glider, Ladders & Hurdles. As a sports & exercise rehabilitator he specialises in musculoskeletal injuries and corrective exercise.

Aviva 1200 P1014279Winning entries by Uxbridge College Art & Design students have been chosen to be hung on the walls of Uxbridge’s £30m Belmont office building development.

Judges from Aviva Investors, the company behind the development near Uxbridge station, the Uxbridge Gazette, Hillingdon Council and Uxbridge College chose an overall winning piece (pictured) and five runners up from the entries by the first year students. The winning image, a collaborative work by graphics students, will be hung in the Belmont foyer, and the runners up pieces around the building.

The competition was based on the theme of ‘London living’, set by Aviva Investors, and inspired work in a range of media including costume, design, drawing, painting, print and 3D. The students are all on the UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion/Graphics), which is equivalent to A levels and can provide a route to art college without students having to complete the one-year foundation degree first.

Julian Cobourne, Senior Asset Manager at Aviva Investors and one of the judges, said: “The quality of the artwork was outstanding, and the huge effort put into the pieces was evident. The installations will look superb in Belmont, Aviva Investors’ newly redeveloped office building in Uxbridge town centre.”

Julian was joined on the judging panel by Fran Beasley, Chief Executive of Hillingdon Council, Alex Ballinger, Uxbridge Gazette reporter, Tina Herculis for Aviva, and Uxbridge College Art & Design lecturers Victoria Cohen and Clara Clark.

Fran Beasley said: "We are lucky to have such a fantastic college on our doorstep and the students certainly didn't disappoint us with their interpretations of 'London Living'. I think it is a tremendous idea to showcase local artwork in this fabulous new development and the students who participated should all feel very proud of their work."

Victoria Cohen, Art & Design Lecturer at Uxbridge College said: “I’m extremely proud that the students have created such brilliant, diverse pieces and have really understood the ‘London Living’ theme. It has been a great opportunity for them to work with a live brief, where they had to combine their own creativity with an understanding of what the client wanted, and come up with a high quality image or 3D piece to deadline.”

The winning piece was the collaborative image by the graphics group and the runners up were by Mary Fagbolagun (16), Hazel Woodstock (19), Czarek Sobol (17), Mark Moktan Tamang (24) and Reesha Bhatoy (16). The students all received cash prizes from Aviva Investors.

See the winning images along with photos from the judging at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/uxbridgecollege/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10154923630935283

Capture 1Artwork by Uxbridge College students took centre stage at the Old Vinyl Factory during a special exhibition.

The event, entitled ‘Capture’, was held in The Vinyl Canteen in the complex of buildings formerly owned by the music company EMI in Hayes, and opened by The Mayor and Mayoress of Hillingdon Councillor John and Diane Hensley.

The show, which included sculpture, printmaking, painting, and multi-media works, ran for three days and included a private view with refreshments kindly sponsored by Kingston Smith. Pieces by the second year Level 3 Art & Design students were sold off after the event.

David Storer, Art & Design Lecturer at Uxbridge College, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for students to see their work displayed in a public setting and to gain experience of what’s involved in planning, installing and curating an exhibition. I’d like to say a big thank you to The Vinyl Canteen and Kingston Smith for all their support in making this event possible.”

Jonathan Seymour from sponsors Kingston Smith, who are based at the Old Vinyl Factory, said: “It’s great to support Uxbridge College and the art students who exhibited a very impressive display of their talents.”

Richard Upton, Deputy CEO of U+I, said “We are delighted to be helping to showcase such talented students and are very proud of all the great work being produced and displayed at The Vinyl Canteen.”

The site off Dawley Road in Hayes is owned by U+I, a specialist regeneration and property developer. The original art deco factory buildings were designed by Wallis, Gilbert & Partners, who were also responsible for the famous Hoover Building on the A40. Thousands of people worked at the EMI site, pressing and packaging vinyl records and making everything from radio sets to bicycles. The buildings are now being used and developed as multi-purpose workspaces, homes, retail, leisure and green spaces.

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