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3 December 2010 | PR 10/184

Fran wins Sunday Times Young Sportswoman of the Year Award

Fran Halsall

Francesca Halshall

Loughborough's Francesca Halsall has won the Sunday Times Young Sportswoman of the Year Award 2010.

Fran, a member of the Loughborough University Swimming Squad and coached by Ben Titley, secured the award after an outstanding season.

In August at the European Championships in Budapest Fran became Britain’s most successful female swimmer ever to compete at the Euros, returning with a five-medal haul which included two golds, two silvers and a bronze.

Later in the year swimming for England, Fran won another five medals in at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, winning one gold, three silvers and a bronze.

Director of Swimming, Ian Armiger said:

“Fran has had a fantastic year. Her achievements put her right up with the best swimmers in the world, and one of the country’s top sportswomen.

“Not only are we delighted for Fran, but her award also demonstrates the excellence achieved by the Loughborough University Swimming Programme, that continues to develop our swimmers to produce outstanding results at international competitions.”

The Sunday Times initiated the awards in 1988 to celebrate all aspects of women’s sport. In the past 22 years, some of the country’s greatest sporting names have been honoured. Previous winners include Sally Gunnell, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Denise Lewis, Dame Kelly Holmes, Rebecca Adlington and Victoria Pendleton.

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For all media enquiries contact:

Rob Knott
PR Officer (Sport)
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
E: R.A.Knott@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport 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 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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