Dr Ian Pickup, pro vice-chancellor for education and experience, said, "It wasn't that long ago that we launched the high performance programme with just a handful of athletes. Many of them have gone on to become professional sports people and rise to the top of their field, like alumni and boxer Lawrence Okolie, who just retained his cruiserweight world championship."
"Be sure to make the most of the world class facilities we have here at the University. However, also look around the room at all the people here today on the same journey as you. Make sure you celebrate the victories together and support each other in the tough times, and most importantly remember to enjoy it and have fun."
Ones to watch
With the sporting calendar returning to normal, and events like the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham just around the corner, many of the high performing scholars in attendance will be hoping to compete on the biggest stages of all.
Here are just a few of the East London Sport scholars to watch out for at the upcoming Commonwealth Games.