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28 May 2008 PR 08/68

Graduate Kellogg makes third Olympic badminton appearance

Loughborough graduate Donna Kellogg has been named in the British badminton squad for this summer’s Beijing Olympics.

Kellogg has been selected for the women’s doubles alongside Athens Olympic medallist Gail Emms and will team up with mixed doubles partner Anthony Clark, who she partnered for the recent European Championship title, for her third Olympic appearance in China.

“To attend an Olympic Games is very special,” she said. “It’s the pinnacle of every athlete’s career and I’m looking forward to the challenge of competing for medals.”
Former Loughborough badminton coach Andy Wood will lead Team GB Badminton at the Games and believes the squad have podium potential.

“After a long and demanding qualification period we are delighted to have qualified such an exciting team,” said Wood. “The blend of youth, experience and personalities ensures a dynamic Team GB badminton environment.

“You can be sure that this team will be ready and competing optimally to be amongst the medal meltdown.”

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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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