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1 July 2008 PR 08/97

Loughborough Graduate Strange named in Paralympic wheelchair squad

A Loughborough University graduate has been named in the British women’s wheelchair basketball team for the Beijing Paralympics.

Former Sports Scholar Clare Strange studied Sport and Exercise Science at Loughborough from 2001 to 2003.

The 28-year-old, who broke her back aged 18 in a freak riding accident, will be in action at her third consecutive Games this summer, having competed in Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004. Strange was also part of the British team to win back to back silver at the 2005 and 2006 Paralympic World Cup in Manchester.

The Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games opens on September 6 and closes on September 17. The wheelchair basketball events at the Games take place at the University of Science and Technology Gymnasium before the finals at the National Indoor Stadium.

The competition for the wheelchair basketball gets under way on September 7 with the finals scheduled for September 16. Britain’s women come up against Australia in their opening game before facing Brazil, USA and Germany in the rest of their pool games.

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  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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