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5 September 2008 | PR 08/129

Loughborough eight in Beijing for Paralympic Games

Eight Loughborough students, graduates and University-based athletes will represent Britain in three different sports at the Beijing Paralympics starting this weekend (6 September).

Discus thrower Dan Greaves heads a list of six University-based athletes, while student Hannah Stodel competes in the Three-Person Keelboat (Sonar) and graduate Clare Strange is part of a British team in the wheelchair basketball.

In athletics Greaves is joined by fellow Paralympic champion Kenny Churchill as well as triple Paralympian Dan West and female throwers Sophie Hancock, Gemma Prescott and Claire Williams, all of whom train at Loughborough University’s world class athletics facility.

The eight are part of a 206-strong British squad competing at the Beijing Paralympic Games which open on September 6 and close on September 17.
Paralympic supporters can keep up with all the action at the Beijing Games online and on the BBC this September.

The International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) internet channel ParalympicSport.TV will broadcast at least eight hours of live action each day to include coverage of athletics and wheelchair basketball, as well as a series of magazine programmes.

BBC are providing six hours of coverage every day on BBC interactive as well as a daily round-up show from 7-8pm on weekdays and at varying times over the weekend.

A detailed schedule of the live online coverage is available on www.paralympic.org while the BBC schedule is posted at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/disability_sport/6412941.stm

Loughborough-based athletes:
Kenny Churchill (Athletics - F37 Javelin)
Daniel Greaves (Athletics - F44 Discus)
Sophie Hancock (Athletics - F40 Shot)
Gemma Prescott (Athletics - F32 Shot)
Hannah Stodel (Sailing – Sonar)
Clare Strange (Wheelchair Basketball)
Dan West (Athletics - F34 Discus & Shot)
Claire Williams (Athletics - F12 Discus)

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For all media enquiries contact:

Amanda Overend
Sport PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
E: A.J.Overend@lboro.ac.uk

Notes for editors:

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. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. 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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