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15 October 2009 | PR 09/139

Gandy appointed to UK Athletics endurance role

George Gandy

George Gandy.

Loughborough University director of athletics George Gandy has been appointed National Event Coach for Endurance by UK Athletics.  

Gandy, who guided Loughborough graduate Lisa Dobriskey to 1500m silver at the 2009 World Championships, will work under Head of Endurance Ian Stewart as part of the new performance structure put in place by Head Coach Charles van Commenee.

Since joining Loughborough in 1976 Gandy has played a central role in supporting the University’s thriving athletics programme, steering the students to more than 100 national team titles and coaching over 75 athletes to international honours, including former Olympic champion Seb Coe.

Many of the country’s top endurance athletes have trained with Gandy at Loughborough, and his innovative coaching methods and continued success have helped Loughborough gain the reputation as one of the UK’s best centres for endurance athletes. Earlier this year 18 of Gandy’s athletes achieved qualification for the World Championship trials.

Gandy will continue to be based out of Loughborough University’s UKA 2012 Performance Centre and, despite stepping down from his director of athletics role, he will remain involved with the endurance section of the student club.

Gandy takes up his role with UKA with immediate effect and is looking forward to playing major part in British athletes’ preparation for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“I am deeply honoured to be appointed as a National Event Coach for UKA,” he said. “I see myself working and supporting a plan which is already largely in place and look forward to forming successful partnerships with other leading coaches and athletes within the 800m to marathon event group.

“Having been associated with successful organisations and teams for a number of years, it is an exciting but challenging prospect to elevate this experience onto an international stage. The connection with the 2012 Olympics is obviously thrilling but the other major competitions on the way must not be forgotten.

“I hope to continue coaching Loughborough’s talented endurance athletes alongside my UKA role. I think the University programme has a positive impact at what we’re trying to achieve at a national level.”

The University’s head of performance sport Andy Borrie praised Gandy for his 33-year commitment to Loughborough athletics.

“George had made a massive contribution to athletics at Loughborough and we are delighted for him that he’s been appointed endurance coach for UKA,” he said. “We are confident he will continue to play an important role in the development of our endurance athletes for years to come and on behalf of Loughborough University I’d like to wish him well on this next exciting stage of his career.”

Gandy takes up his role with UKA with immediate effect and Loughborough’s world class sprint coach Nick Dakin will take on a leadership role within the University’s athletics programme.

Dakin has coached athletes including World 4x400m silver medallist and Olympic finalist Martyn Rooney and World 400m finalist and double European Indoor champion David Gillick.

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Notes for editors:

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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