Welcome to the Team Durham Student Experience Blog!

These pages have been put together to allow you to discover more about life at Durham University through the eyes of some of Team Durham’s Student Athletes.

These blogs are written by undergraduate and postgraduate students in their own style.

 Take a few minutes reading through them, and explore the wonderful possibilities of what your life could be here at Durham.

Profiles for some of our contributors are below:

Seitu Smith II

23 year old Postgraduate student athlete at Durham University. I am studying Education and play American Football. I am originally from, Coral Springs, Florida. In 2011, I took a trip up north to Massachusetts in order to complete my Undergraduate degree in sociology, at Harvard University. Having played American football for 18 years now, the opportunity to continue to play at Durham University, while pursuing my master’s was a chance  that I could not overlook. I have been selected with the task to broadcast my experience with all of you in hopes, that one day you guys get to join the Durham experience.

Buchan Richardson

I’m Buchan. Half Scottish, Half English. Born and raised down south of London. Fortunate enough to have represented both countries at Rugby Union at various age levels and now I captain the team at Durham University! I’m studying for a BA in Geography. Important things to me are family and friends.

      Steven Parsonage

When I was 17 I realized I had the potential to be pretty good at rowing so I focused solely on training for this sport. At 18 I won a silver medal at the Junior World Championships after a successful years training. After some thought I decided to move to Henley and train as a full time athlete, and luckily I was fortunate enough to get funding from the lottery through British Rowing to able to do this. I set a new British Junior record that November and also became British Champion in the lightweight double sculls. I have won a silver medal at the U23 World Championships and came 4th at the World Championships.

Sean Richardson

I am 19 year old, first year Medical student, and very proud to have received a VC scholarship for rugby from Durham University. I started playing rugby at age 12 at 8 and by age 16 was playing 6 for Horsham RFC, Sussex and Harlequins. I secured a rugby scholarship to Brighton College at age 16, captained the 1st XV from 8, and represented Sussex and Harlequins at 6 to U18. I completed a Gap year to apply to Durham and I spent my time playing semi-pro for Worthing Raiders in Nat 2 South. I chose Durham, because it is the best university in the country for combining top class rugby with high quality academic study.

Adam Brocklebank

 Hi, my name is Adam Brocklebank, I’m a 21 year old Undergrad student at Durham University. I am studying Sports, Exercise and Physical Activity and play Rugby Union for the 1XV. Having played Rugby Union for a short period of my life (5 years), the opportunity to continue to play at Durham University, while completing my Undergrad was an opportunity I could not let pass.