Loughborough Alumni


16 Apr 2018

Tenth place finish for Loughborough in Gold Coast 2018 Games medal table

If Loughborough University were a country it would have been tenth in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games medal table – ahead of Jamaica and Kenya.

It has been a tremendous Games for Loughborough’s athletes, who together won 30 medals – eight gold, 12 silver and 10 bronze.

More than 85 Loughborough students, alumni and campus-based athletes competed in seven different sports for nine different countries during the course of the Games.

Their combined efforts have given the University a top ten ranking in the Commonwealth Games.

Amongst Loughborough’s alumni medallists was alumna Vicky Holland (Human Biology, 2008), who secured silver alongside her England team mates in the Mixed Team Relay for triathlon.

Alumna Chloe Birch (Applied Sport Science, 2017) also won bronze for Team England in the badminton Mixed Team event.

Alumnus Jake Wightman (Retailing, Marketing and Management, 2016) won the bronze in the men’s 1500m, representing Scotland’s first Commonwealth Games medal in 1500m in over 50 years.

Alumna Georgia Jones (Sport Management, 2015) competed in Basketball, securing a silver medal for Team England. Georgia also got engaged to alumnus and fellow England basketballer Jamell Anderson (Sports Science with Sport Management, 2012) on court following the women’s victory over Mozambique and the men’s win against Cameroon.

In women’s hockey, Team England took bronze in an exhilarating 6-0 win against India, with a strong alumnae contingent of Giselle Ansley (Sport and Exercise Science, 2014), Laura Unsworth (Accounting and Financial Management, 2013), Suzy Petty (Applied Sports Science, 2016) and Maddie Hinch (Sport and Exercise Science, 2013).

Another bronze was secured by Team England against India in the men’s hockey, with the help of seven alumni: David Condon (Human Biology, 2014), Harry Gibson (International Business, 2016), Mark Gleghorne (Sport and Exercise Science, 2007), Chris Griffiths (Sports Coaching, 2012), Barry Middleton (Sport and Exercise Science, 2008), Ian Sloan (Accounting and Financial Management, 2011) and Henry Weir (Sports Science, 2011).

Alumnus Daryl Selby (Sport and Leisure Management, 2004) and his England team mate secured silver in the men’s squash doubles.

On the final day of the Games, there was an historic win for Team England’s netballers, who secured a 52-51 victory over Australia to win gold. This team included alumnae Ama Agbeze (Finance and Management, 2007), Jo Harten (International Relations, 2011) and Jade Clarke (Sport and Exercise Science, 2006).

Loughborough Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Allison said:

“We are all incredibly proud of every single one of our athletes who competed in the Commonwealth Games. Years of commitment, dedication, sacrifice and training go into making an elite athlete, and to even be selected to compete is a huge achievement. From the entire Loughborough Family I would like to offer my congratulations.”

To read more about Loughborough University’s 2018 Commonwealth Games performance, visit our Gold Coast website.

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