Loughborough Alumni


Cailtin McClatchey
George Gandy
Ian Armiger
Karen Atkinson MBE

12 Nov 2018

Loughborough’s sporting stars honoured with Hall of Fame induction

Four of Loughborough’s sportspeople are the latest to be honoured with induction to the University’s sporting Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame celebrates the outstanding achievements of athletes and coaches who have made a significant contribution to sport at Loughborough and beyond. On Friday 9 November 2018, the new inductees’ sporting achievements were celebrated amongst alumni, staff and sporting guests.

Ian Armiger, Karen Atkinson MBE, George Gandy and Caitlin McClatchey joined 55 existing members in the Hall of Fame.

Ian Armiger, a former Loughborough University staff member, devoted 15 years to swimming at Loughborough from 1997-2012. His 40 years’ experience as a professional swimming coach has helped a host of swimmers to achieve their dreams. He developed a new swimming programme at the University, which firmly established Loughborough as the number one swimming environment in the UK.

Alumna Karen Atkinson played Netball for England for 17 years and is one of the most capped Red Roses players of all time. Karen made notable and significant contributions to England Netball and more recently shared her expertise with the next generation through coaching in the UK Netball Super League. The alumna studied Physical Education and Sports Science, graduating in 1999, and completed a Sports Science master’s in 2000.

The University’s Lead Endurance Coach (Athletics), George Gandy has devoted most of his working life to sport at Loughborough. He has coached more than eighty international athletes, which include major international championship medallists such as Jack Buckner and Lisa Dobriskey. He has received the British Milers Club Coach of the Year award twice, in 1995 and again in 2008. George also has an Honorary Degree from the University and an MSc in Human Biology (1975).

Caitlin McClatchey is a triple Olympic swimmer. Her hard work and dedication came to fruition at the Commonwealth Games. In Melbourne in 2006, she won two gold medals at the Games in the 200m and 400m freestyle events, setting a Games record in the 200m freestyle. Caitlin has held the British record in the 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle events, as well as the 4x200m freestyle relay. She graduated with a Politics degree from Loughborough in 2011.

Fellow Hall of Fame member, Dr David Moorcroft OBE (pictured below), presented the four new inductees with their certificates. The former 5000m world record holder joined Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Allison to present the inductions, which took place at the Hall of Fame dinner at the Burleigh Court Hotel.

It was a busy evening as guests also had the opportunity to attend the official opening of the brand new Elite Athlete Centre and Hotel. The new centre, which is the first of its kind in the UK, offers a holistic support environment for individuals and teams at both elite professional and dedicated amateur levels.

The hotel has 20 specialist ‘altitude’ rooms, which allow athletes to sleep in environments that simulate altitudes of up to 5,000m, while maintaining their regular low-altitude training programmes.

University Chancellor, Lord Sebastian Coe KBE, opened the new facility (pictured below). He is also a member of the Hall of Fame alongside 58 others including Paula Radcliffe MBE, Sir Clive Woodward OBE, Andy Robinson OBE, Nick Knight, Ben Kay MBE, Dr Bob Wilson OBE, James Gibson MBE and Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE.

Lord Coe

Photographs of the event can be viewed online.

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