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27 November 2007 PR 07/151

Loughborough swimming coach picks up second honour in two weeks

Ian Armiger, Loughborough University’s Director of Swimming, was presented with the Judges Award at last night’s (26 November) BBC East Midlands Sports Awards 2007.

The award comes just days after the announcement that he is to be presented with the esteemed Mussabini medal at the 2007 Sports Coach UK Coaching Awards in December. The medal is given to individuals that have made a significant contribution to the development and management of coaching and individual coaches in the UK.

The BBC East Midlands Sports Awards, which were hosted by BBC presenter John Inverdale at the Derby Assembly Rooms, recognise the best sports stars in the region who have achieved a high standard of performance at local, national or international level.

Ian has been a swimming coach for over 30 years and became Loughborough University’s first full-time paid coach 11 years ago. He has worked with many successful swimmers throughout his career and has had swimmers in the last three Olympic squads.

During his time at Loughborough he built the foundations for one of the country’s most successful swimming programmes. The University also includes an excellent coach development scheme which has supported the likes of Ben Titley and Steve Bailey.

Aziz Rashid, Head of Local Programming at BBC East Midlands, said: “Congratulations go to all of the winners in what proved to be another memorable awards ceremony for the region. Our sports people have given us another great year to look back on and their efforts and achievements help the BBC East Midlands Sports Awards go from strength to strength.”

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  1. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    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.

    In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national league tables and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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