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24 November 2009 | PR 09/166

Students reach BBC Sports Awards shortlist

Liam Tancock

Lizzie Neave and Liam Tancock

Two Loughborough students have reached the shortlist for the Sports Personality of the Year gong at the BBC East Midlands Sports Awards taking place at Loughborough University next Thursday (3 December).

World champions Lizzie Neave and Liam Tancock have been named in the final five for the prestigious award which is decided by a public text vote. The pair join former College student and world champion boxer Carl Froch, Nottinghamshire jockey Hayley Turner and England cricketer Stuart Broad on the final shortlist.

Canoeist Neave won team gold and individual bronze at the World Canoe Slalom Championships in Spain during the summer to cap off a year in which she also won a team gold at the European Championships in Nottingham.

Swimmer Tancock reaffirmed his position as world number one during an incredible 2009 that saw him crowned World Champion in the 50m Backstroke in a new world record time.

One week later the Loughborough 2012 sports scholar was just off the short course world record in the same event; setting new European, Commonwealth and British records at the British Gas Grand Prix in Leeds.

To vote for Tancock text EMT LIAM to 88822. To vote for Neave text EMT LIZZIE to 88822. The text vote closes at 11pm on Friday 27 November. Texts cost your standard operator rate, one entry only per person. For full conditions log onto www.bbc.co.uk/leicester

The winner will be announced at the BBC East Midlands Sports Awards, supported by Loughborough University, at Loughborough University on Thursday 3rd December in front of a sell out audience.


For all media enquiries contact:

Amanda Overend
Sport PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
E: A.J.Overend@lboro.ac.uk 

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 and its underpinning academic disciplines.

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 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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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