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16 February 2010 | PR 10/21

Gymnasts jump for joy after BUCS success

Mitchell Jarvis

One of the winning men's team, Mitchell Jarvis, a sports scholar at Loughborough

Loughborough University cart-wheeled off with the top team honours from last weekend's British Universities & Colleges (BUCS) Gymnastics Championships in Aldershot.

The University took first place in both men's and women's artistic gymnastics team competitions, beating Leeds Met into second place in both contests, the Yorkshire team having won the 2009 men's title.

There were individual honours for a host of Loughborough names with Rebecca Eastling winning gold on the vault and Natalie Hopkins bronze on the beam.

For the men, Matthew Henley: took an all-around bronze medal after finishing first on vault and second on the high bar, Craig Woodhams: came third all-around with second places on floor and parallel bars and a third on the rings, James Henderson came third on floor and Nathaniel Leney third on parallel bars.

Coach George Predescu said: "After qualifying two gymnasts from our team to represent Great Britain at the World Student Games in 2009, these results are our biggest success in less than a year on the University sport stage."

The winning teams comprised:

Women: Kimberley Honey, Amy Drinkall, Maxine Glennister, Natalie Hopkins, Rebecca Eastling, Hayley Robson, Kathryn Tomson, Rachel Grant

Men: Matthew Henley, James Henderson, Mitchell Jarvis (pictured), Robert Blackman, Nathaniel Leney.

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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 
M: 07983 967 278

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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