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13 May 2008 PR 08/59

Dobriskey heads Loughborough team for LIA

Commonwealth 1500m champion Lisa Dobriskey heads a strong Loughborough team making final preparations for the University’s annual international athletics (LIA) meet this Sunday (May 18).

Dobriskey is joined by a host of Loughborough’s high achievers, including World Junior 100m Champion Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, 400m European Indoor Champion David Gillick, 2007 National Indoor 1500m Champion Chris Warburton, World Indoor silver medallist Jeanette Kwakye and many of Britain’s top ranked throwers.

The University’s past and present contingent will go head to head with teams from Scotland, England and Wales as well as a Great Britain Under-20 side and a British Universities squad in what has become the traditional curtain raiser to the outdoor season.

Loughborough have beaten the England team only three times in the previous 49 years but hope to reverse their fortunes in the 50th anniversary year to claim overall victory or wins in the men’s and women’s sections.

“Loughborough’s team this year could go close to pulling off a shock victory in at least one of the men’s, women’s or overall sections,” said Loughborough director of athletics George Gandy. “To have won the event three times before is a huge achievement for a University team, we always put up a good fight.

“And with the Olympics and World Junior Championships taking place this summer we can expect some fantastic clashes in a big range of individual and relay events.”

Confirmed Loughborough athletes are as follows:

MEN
100m – Harry AIKENES-ARYEETEY (100m Champion, World Junior Championships)
200m – Seyi SMITH (Canadian international, BUSA Champion)
400m – Martyn ROONEY (Double bronze, 2006 World Junior Championships)
800m – Kieran FLANNERY (BUSA Champion)
1500m – Chris WARBURTON (2007 National Indoor 1500m Champion)
5000m – Tom HUMPHRIES
3000m S’hase – James BAILEY
110m Hurdles – Will SHARMAN
High Jump – Robbie GRABARZ (2006 AAA U20 Champion)
Long Jump – Steve SMALL (BUSA Champion)
Triple Jump – Farel MEPANDY (French International)
Pole Vault – Paul WALKER
Shot – Mark EDWARDS
Discus – Emeka UDECHUKU (British number one)
Hammer – Alex SMITH (European Junior medallist)

WOMEN
100m – Emma BAILEY
200m – Jeanette KWAKYE (World Indoor 60m silver)
400m – Vicky BARR (World Championships 2007 relay squad member)
800m – Charlotte BEST (World University Games 800m bronze)
1500m – Lisa DOBRISKEY (1500m Champion, Commonwealth Games)
5000m – Alexa JOEL
3000m S’chase – Sonia THOMAS
100m Hurdles – Sarah McGREAVY (2007 European Indoor finalist, 60m hurdles)
400m Hurdles – Michelle CAREY (Irish Champion)
High Jump – Stephanie PYWELL
Long Jump – Melissa CARR
Triple Jump – Melissa CARR
Pole Vault – Zoe BROWN
Shot – Rebecca PEAKE
Discus – Claire Williams
Javelin – Rosie SEMENTYSH (BUSA Champion)
Hammer – Carys PARRY (British number one)

Tickets for the LIA cost just £5 per person (£3 concessions) and are available on the day or in advance from selected University sports facilities and the Students' Union Shop. Gates open at 10.30am with the first event at 11am.

-ENDS-

For all media enquiries contact:

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


Notes for editors:

  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. 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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