Dr Stoneham of York University "would rather accept someone who does nothing but work and get a first, than someone who plays sport for her country but gets a 2.2 (TES, January 17). As a past county swimmer, I feel the experiences I gained from competing only helped my academic life. Would I have got these spending my school years in a bedroom? Not likely.
Caroline Walter 2 Hamnavoe Stromness, Orkney