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16 September 2009 | PR 09/122

Loughborough athletes shortlisted for European awards

Lloyd GumbsFour Loughborough athletes have been shortlisted for the European Athletics 2009 Athlete of the Year awards.

Student Dave Gillick and Loughborough-based graduates Lisa Dobriskey and Will Sharman are amongst 43 high achievers listed for the senior men’s and women’s awards whilst College student and European U23 hurdles champion Lloyd Gumbs (pictured right) has been named on the shortlist for the Rising Star gong.

Dobriskey, Gillick and Sharman have reached the shortlist after finishing as the fastest Europeans in their respective finals at the IAAF World Championships in Berlin last month. Dobriskey won silver in the 1500m, Sharman finished fourth in the 110m Hurdles in a lifetime best and Gillick was sixth in the 400m.

21-year-old Gumbs, who trains at the University, won shock 400m Hurdles gold at the European U23 Championships - his first international appearance in a GB vest.

The quartet now rely on an online vote to be named European Athlete of the Year.

The winners will be decided by votes from the general public, media, European Athletics Member Federations and an expert panel, with the results from each group of voters counting for one quarter of the athlete's final score. Each voter must select their five preferred athletes and rank them in order of priority.

Speaking about the award, European Athletics President Hansjörg Wirz said:

"2009 was another exciting year for athletics in Europe, highlighted by the spectacular World Championships in Berlin. Europe continues to be the dominant area in world athletics but there is still room for improvement.

"To be nominated for the best athlete in Europe is a huge honour and one that is greatly valued by the athletes."

Nominations for the Rising Star Award close this Sunday (20 September), whilst athletics fans have until Sunday 27 September to cast their votes for the senior award.

To vote log onto www.european-athletics.com

The winners of the European Athletics Rising Star Awards along with the winners of the European Athlete of the Year Awards presented by Mondo will be invited to receive their awards at the European Athletics Convention in Budapest on Saturday 17 October.

The European Athlete of the Year award was introduced by European Athletics in 1993 and this year is the 17th time the trophy will be awarded.

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Amanda Overend
Senior PR Officer
Loughborough University
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E: A.J.Overend@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

1. Photo: Lloyd Gumbs.

2. 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 was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 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 institution.

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.

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