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5 December 2006 PR 06/136

Loughborough swimmers clinch more awards

Loughborough swimmers Mel Marshall, Liam Tancock and Euan Dale have added three more accolades to Loughborough’s growing list of sporting honours.

Mel, who trains full-time in Loughborough’s swim programme and was Britain’s most successful female swimmer in 2006, has been named BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire’s Sports Person of the Year; Liam, who studies at Loughborough College, won the BBC South West Sportsman of the Year award; and Loughborough University student Euan was named Sports Personality of the Year by the James McLean Trust at their annual Celebration of Sport.

Mel, who originates from Wrangle near Boston in Lincolnshire, won five medals at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, more than any other English competitor, and followed her success in Australia with a gold and silver medal at the European Championships.

The swimmer received her award from English Institute of Sport Exercise Physiologist Dr Peyrebrune while training at Loughborough University’s pool, before jetting off to Helsinki for the European Short Course Championships. Mel’s father Allan collected the award on her behalf at the awards ceremony, which was held at The Deep in Hull on Monday 4 December.

Liam brought home two medals from the Commonwealth Games – gold in the 100m Backstroke and silver in the 50m Backstroke – and won bronze at the European Championships in Budapest.

Euan, who originates from Berwickshire in Scotland, won two silver medals at the Commonwealth Games, in the 400m Individual Medley and the 4x200m Freestyle Relay. He then went on to take sixth place in the European Championships.

Loughborough University’s Director of Swimming, Ian Armiger, said: “I’m delighted that Mel, Liam and Euan’s success has been recognised with these awards.

“Coupled with the BBC East Midlands sports awards presented last week to Caitlin McClatchey and Ross Davenport, it really highlights the tremendous year the swimmers in the Loughborough programme have had.”

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Notes to editors

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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