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26 February 2007 PR 07/22

Huge Loughborough presence at European indoor championships

Commonwealth gold medallist Lisa Dobriskey and national 1500 metres champion Chris Warburton head a large contingent of Loughborough University-trained athletes or former students heading to the European Indoors athletics championships in Birmingham this weekend.

Dobriskey, who won the 1500m title at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006, and Warburton will be joined at the National Indoor Arena by six other Loughborough-trained athletes in the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team for the March 2-4 championships. A further seven members of Team GB have also either been student athletes, or trained, at the University.

European Indoors 400m champion David Gillick, who is a sports scholar at Loughborough and works with director of athletics coaching Nick Dakin, is expected to join his University colleagues when Ireland confirm their squad.

Gillick has run the second fastest time in the world for the event this year. He was forced out of the Irish national indoors championships in Belfast earlier this month with influenza but is expected to be fully fit for the European competition.

Former Loughborough student Gareth Turnbull, who still lives in the area, is also expected to be named in the Ireland team.

Warburton, Helen Karagounis, Kim Wall and Phil Taylor were all named on Monday to Team GB and join the previously selected Dobriskey (3000m), pole vaulters Steve Lewis and Kate Dennison, and 1500m runner Helen Clitheroe in the squad. Wall, Karagounis and Taylor have made the 4x400m relay squads.

Warburton, who suffered a stress fracture after winning the British Universities’ 3000m steeplechase title last year, won the British Indoors 1500m title in Sheffield on February 11 with a superb sprint finish in a slow tactical race. Both he and Dobriskey train with the University’s director of athletics George Gandy.

The British team also includes seven former graduates or University trained athletes in Jeanette Kwayke (60m), Sara McGreavey (60m hurdles), Nicola Sanders (400m), Lee McConnell (400m relay squad), Andy Turner (60m hurdles), Samson Oni (high jump) and Nathan Douglas (triple jump).

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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 in the top five 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.

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