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Loughborough University lecturer wins prestigious award

A lecturer from Loughborough University has won an award for his groundbreaking research on Olympic sport.

Dr David Fletcher, based at the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, has been presented with an Early Career Researcher Award, by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), at their annual conference in Glasgow.

Dr Fletcher won his award for his research on the psychology of sporting excellence and how it can be applied to other high performance domains. His work provides insights into how high achievers deliver sustainable performance in pressured environments. 

As part of his award, he has been invited to present on an aspect of his research at the conference and will speak about “Psychosocial Wreckage and Performance Catastrophes in Olympic Sport”. The specific focus will be on the findings of a case study of an Olympic swimming team.

Speaking of his award Dr Fletcher said,
“I am delighted and honoured to have been chosen as a recipient of this prestigious award. It reflects the supportive research environment that early career researchers enjoy in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.

“With the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games fast approaching, and Loughborough University’s involvement in the preparation, delivery and legacy of the Games, there has never been a more exciting time to be working with Britain’s finest athletes.”

The Early Career Researcher Awards were established in 2009 to recognise excellence in early career BASES members researching within sport and/or exercise sciences. Three awards are given annually, normally in each of the areas of ‘Physical Activity for Health’, ‘Sport and Performance’, and ‘Education and Professional Development’.

Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR 10/132

  1. Dr David Fletcher is a British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist, British Sport and Exercise Sciences Accredited Scientist, Association for Applied Sport Psychology Certified Consultant, British Olympic Association Consultant Psychologist, and United States Olympic Committee Registered Psychologist. He currently serves as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Sport Psychology in Action, and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, andJournal of Social, Behavioral and Health Sciences.  Over the past ten years, David’s research on the psychology of elite performance has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented at international conferences. More information can be found at:
  2. The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. BASES is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK. Sport and Exercise Science is the application of scientific principles to the promotion, maintenance and enhancement of sport and exercise related behaviours. More information can be found at:
  3. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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