Rio 2016Olympic & Paralympic Games


12 Jul 2016

Loughborough graduates make history as part of Team Ireland

Two Loughborough University graduates will be heading to Rio this summer to represent Team Ireland as part of the men’s hockey squad. Paul Gleghorne and John Jackson are our Loughborough representatives, with Timothy Cockram being selected as a travelling reserve.

Paul Gleghorne graduated from Loughborough University with a First Class Honours Degree in Accounting and Financial Management. During his time at Loughborough University he also represented the Loughborough Students men’s hockey team. The Gleghorne family will be looking forward to The Games more than most as Paul's brother, Mark, will be representing Team GB in the hockey as well.

John Jackson, who undertook an undergraduate degree in Ergonomics, will be joining Gleghorne in Rio. Jackson represented Loughborough Students hockey from 2004-2010, and captained the men’s 1st XI team for two years. 

Timothy Cockram will also be joining Gleghorne and Jackson, but will be a travelling reserve. Cockram carried out his undergraduate degree in Geography at Loughborough University and during his time here, he also represented Loughborough Students hockey team.

Being selected for any Olympic Games is a lifetime achievement, but our Loughborough graduates will also be making history. Not only is this the first time an Irish hockey team has qualified for an Olympic Games for more than 100 years, it is the first time that Team Ireland will contest a team sport at an Olympic Games since 1948.

We wish our three graduates and the rest of Team Ireland the best of luck in Rio.

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Pete Matthews
PR Officer (Sport)
Loughborough University