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25 May 2011 | PR 11/59

Loughborough Sport Walk of Fame unveiled at International Athletics meet

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Andy Robinson

To coincide with the annual Loughborough International Athletics match, Loughborough Sport has unveiled a fitting tribute to the finest sportspeople to attend the University.

The Loughborough Sport Walk of Fame has been created to honour the initial inductees to the recently formed Hall of Fame.

Every member of this elite group of sportspeople have had a bronze paver created in their honour, and set into the ground as a permanent record of their entry into the Hall of Fame.

The Walk of Fame is located in the piazza between the Sir John Beckwith Centre for Sport and the Performance Centre.

Also in the foyer of the Sir John Beckwith Centre is a new wall display that contains a plaque for all 21 inductees.

The unveiling event was lead by the University’s Chancellor Sir Nigel Rudd, and was attended by over 100 people.  A number of the Hall of Fame inductees such as James Gibson, Mary Nevill and Andy Robinson were also at the ceremony.

The invited guests then spent the afternoon watching the athletics.  Despite difficult windy conditions there was much for the guests to enjoy, including performances from European Athletics Champions Jessica Ennis and Dai Greene.

Legendary former athlete, David Moorcroft, who stated that he ran in the Loughborough International event for the first time back in 1971, read out the names of his fellow inductees to the large crowd assembled around the track.  He also stated:

“My fellow inductees to the Loughborough Sport Hall of Fame have made an amazing contribution to sport, and will continue to do so in the future. Every Loughborough student should feel proud of our tradition and the mark they make on Loughborough Sport.

As well as celebrating the inductees’ achievements, we should also acknowledge the massive influence that the University has on sport, not only in this country, but all over the world”.

The Hall of Fame is a significant part of the new Loughborough Sporting Club, a joint initiative between the University's Development & Alumni Relations Office and the Sports Development Centre.

The mission of the Club is to provide a vibrant, active social-networking club for members keeping them informed and engaged with sport at Loughborough through an annual programme of events and activities which encourage participation, friendships and support for Loughborough Sport.

Further information about Loughborough Sporting Club and the Hall of Fame can be found at:

www.loughboroughsportingclub.co.uk

Results from the 53rd Loughborough International Athletics match can be found at:
www.loughboroughathletics.com/fixtures.html

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For all media enquiries contact:

Rob Knott
Sport 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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