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15 February 2010 | PR 10/19

National duty calls for Loughborough's big-hitters

Loughborough University badminton stars

Right - Left: Mike Adams (head coach), Anthony Clarke (Eng), Sam Ward (Eng), Kate Robertshaw (Eng), Martin Campbell (Sco), Rachel Thomas (Wal), Andy Wood (Team GB coach).

Loughborough University's badminton stars will be donning national colours on Tuesday (16 Feb) as they head to Warsaw for the Thomas and Uber Cup qualifiers.

The international team tournament sees 19-year-old student Martin Campbell representing Scotland in the men's Thomas Cup while Beijing Olympian Anthony Clarke, who trains at the University, will be competing for England, fresh from his historic ninth consecutive men's doubles title at last weekend's English National Championships.

R-L: Mike Adams (head coach), Anthony Clarke (Eng), Sam Ward (Eng), Kate Robertshaw (Eng), Martin Campbell (Sco), Rachel Thomas (Wal), Andy Wood (Team GB coach).


In the Women's Uber Cup, which runs alongside the Men's tournament, 19-year-old student Kate Robertshaw and Sam Ward, a local athlete who trains at the University will be in the England line up, while 20-year-old Rachel Thomas takes her place in the Welsh squad.

Head badminton coach at Loughborough Mike Adams was delighted to see so many of his charges getting national recognition:

"Since I've been here this is the first time I've had any representative guys. I think it's fair to say that outside the national badminton centre at Milton Keynes we've got the largest contingent of internationals and we're very happy that we've got players going forward for representative honours."

The team event is on a par with tennis's Davis and Fed Cups and the week's action will determine who goes forward from the European zone to get to the finals in Kuala Lumpur in May this year.

Team GB coach Andy Wood paid tribute to the strength of Loughborough's team:  "Credit has to go to Mike. He has a whole gang of players here now from all the home countries who are the best players in those countries. This event should provide some good guidelines in terms of Commonwealth Games selection later this year, and it obviously bodes well for London 2012.

"These players are all pushing hard and they're all young, so there's plenty of scope for improvement."

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For all media enquiries contact:

Danny Coyle
Sport PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 223491
E: D.Coyle@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 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five 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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