Loughborough University
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Loughborough University

Making a Difference 2010 Review

Influencing culture and achieving in sport

Helping athletes compete with the world’s best

Over eighty past and present students and campus-based athletes helped to underline Loughborough’s status as the country’s premier university for sport at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Over the course of the event, they picked up 44 medals – six gold, 19 silver and 19 bronze – across a range of five sports.

Swimmers from the Loughborough programme brought home 20 medals in total. Fran Halsall returned with a haul of five, including gold in the 50m Butterfly, and Liam Tancock claimed four including two golds, in the 50m and 100m backstroke.

In athletics Loughborough picked up 15 medals, with sprinter Leon Baptiste securing double gold, in the 200m and the 4x100m relay.

Loughborough’s other medals came in badminton, hockey and netball.

Confirmation that Loughborough offers the best possible preparation environment for many elite sports came with its selection by the British Olympic Association (BOA) as The Official Preparation Camp Headquarters for Team GB prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Under the agreement many of Team GB’s sports disciplines are expected to use Loughborough’s facilities for their pre-Games training and all members of Team GB are scheduled to pass through the University for the official ‘kitting out’ process.

As well as the BOA, Loughborough University will also host the Japanese Olympic team in the weeks prior to the 2012 Olympic Games. The co-location of two major teams will create a unique environment, with Loughborough likely to have the highest concentration of Olympic activity outside the capital.

Impact

Investment in world-class facilities at Loughborough, coupled with support from some of the country’s best coaching and support staff, continues to pay huge dividends with outstanding performances from University-based athletes.

If Loughborough had been a country it would have finished 8th in the Commonwealth Games medal table. Loughborough has been the base for the preparation of around 170 British Olympians over the past 30 years, and many of the country’s 2012 contenders are already using the University’s state-of-the-art facilities.

Athletes to have benefitted from the University’s sport facilities and support include Lord Sebastian Coe (Olympic gold medallist and Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games), Sir Clive Woodward (World Cup winning former England rugby coach Clive Woodward and BOA Director of Sport) and Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson (one of the greatest ever Paralympic athletes).