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23 May 2008 PR 08/67

Graduate Pennie bags Beijing canoe berth

Loughborough graduate Fiona Pennie will make her Olympic debut in Beijing after being named in Team GB’s canoe slalom squad.

The former sports scholar is one of three canoeists named this week by the British Olympic Association and will compete in the Women’s Kayak Single.

Fiona qualified last month (April) with double victory at the canoe slalom Olympic selection event in Holland. The Scottish national, a World Championship silver medallist in 2006, was a comfortable winner in the K1 class to become to only woman to qualify for Britain in canoe slalom.

“I am looking forward to taking part in the biggest sporting event in the world and to have this opportunity to represent Great Britain is very special,” she said.

Pennie, now 25, gained a BSc in Sports Technology in June 2003.

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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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