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28 November 2006 PR 06/133

Sports awards for Loughborough trio

Loughborough student Caitlin McClatchey, graduate Lisa Dobriskey, and Ross Davenport, who trains full time in the Loughborough swim programme, were presented with awards last night (27 November) at the BBC East Midlands Sports Awards 2006.

Swimmer Caitlin McClatchey, who is studying Politics at the University, won the Sportswoman of the Year award. Caitlin won two Golds at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne earlier this year – in the 200m Freestyle, setting a British and Commonwealth record, and the 400m Freestyle. She also won Bronze in the 400m Freestyle at the European Championships held in Budapest in August.

Lisa Dobriskey, who graduated from the University last year but still trains with Loughborough’s renowned athletics director George Gandy, was presented with the Brian Clough Breakthrough Award. Lisa brought home Gold in the Women’s 1,500m at this year’s Commonwealth Games.

Ross Davenport was voted Sports Personality of the Year by viewers and listeners to BBC Local Radio in the East Midlands and East Midlands Today. Ross won two Golds at the Commonwealth Games, in the 200m Freestyle and the 4x200m Freestyle Relay, and Silver in the 4x100m Freestyle Relay.

Chris Earle, Loughborough's Director of Sport, said: "We are delighted that our athletes have been recognised with these awards. They are a real testament to their hard work and commitment."

Loughborough-based GB badminton doubles coach Andy Wood was also honoured at the ceremony, receiving the Coach of t he Year award. In the last 12 months he has coached his players, who include Loughborough graduate Donna Kellogg, to gold medals at the World and European Championships and Commonwealth Games.

The awards, which were announced at a glittering ceremony at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, were sponsored by Sport England East Midlands and were presented by BBC TV’s John Inverdale and a team of celebrity guest presenter.

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  1. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

    In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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