Athlete Profile: Cecilie Anderson

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Cecilie Andersen

Course and Year of Study

Maths (4th Year)






Oxford University Orienteering Club

Highest Competition Level


Best Achievement

31st in a Senior World Cup race

Short Term Aspirations

If it hadn't been for coronavirus it would have been to perform well at the World University Games, improving on 2018 results

Long Term Aspirations

Selection for the World Champs

How did you get into the sport?

Started with a club at school and people I knew in my athletics club introduced me to it.

How has the Blues Performance Scheme helped you?

This has really helped in teaching me things required to train and perform more like an elite athlete. That is everything from nutrition advice around training to individualised S and C. This has helped me to put in more and more consistent blocks of training which I am getting as much out of as I can, and taught me ways to deal with the pressure of performing internationally. 

What is your advice on balancing sport and academia?

Getting into a good routine, finding out when training and work should be fitted into a day or week to ensure both are as efficient and effective as possible. I have also learnt that often things which benefit your training such as getting enough sleep and eating healthily also make you more efficient at getting work done the rest of the time so are important not to neglect.

How have you managed training during lockdown?

I have tried to structure my weeks so I still get enough miles and s and c in, but only leaving the house once a day. Also I have been trying to teach myself to run with headphones to combat the loneliness of now having to do all my training solo.

Any advice for Oxford Uni athletes during lockdown?

Make sure you do things you enjoy and remind yourself why you enjoy training as I have found that helps to motivate you to train on your own.