Hockey star Jamie Dwyer named Loughborough's World Hockey Ambassador
Loughborough University is delighted to announce that Australian international hockey star Jamie Dwyer has agreed to become its World Hockey Ambassador.
Named FIH World Hockey Player of the Year on five occasions, Dwyer is arguably the greatest player to grace the game of hockey, having won two World Cup titles and scored the winning goal as Australia won Olympic Gold for the first time in history in 2004.
Dwyer has a vast amount of experience to offer Loughborough University, having played club hockey in The Netherlands and Spain as well as being the most capped Australian player ever.
More recently, Dwyer captained Punjab Warriors in the Hockey India League, steering them to two straight final appearances, as well as further expanding his attractive, risk-taking style of play.
As part of his new Loughborough role, Dwyer will help to promote the University’s hockey programmes and play an active part in promoting Loughborough University’s engagement with the Federation of International Hockey (FIH). As its World Innovation Partner, the Loughborough-FIH project is designed to bring expertise, resource and ultimately innovation to the game.
Dwyer has visited the University before to pass on some of his knowledge to both the men’s and women’s squads. Of that visit the Australian said:
“It’s a brilliant place - the sporting facilities are world-class and mind blowing. On the hockey side of things I was quite impressed with both the men’s and the women’s teams. The intensity of the training and the quality of the skills was really good. Hopefully I taught them a couple of things that will make them better hockey players and a better team.”
Describing his new role with Loughborough University, Dwyer was clearly excited that he’ll be visiting Loughborough more regularly over the coming months and years:
“After visiting Loughborough last year I’m thrilled to be returning and hopefully I can help the University build on its already fantastic hockey provision. With world class facilities and a link with the FIH, I think we’ll see big things from Loughborough hockey over the coming months and years.”
Of the announcement, Deputy Director of Sport Andy Borrie added:
“We’re delighted to announce that Jamie will be joining us as our World Hockey Ambassador. We have ambitious plans to further our hockey programme and to build on our position as the global innovation partner for the FIH. I have no doubt that Jamie will be an excellent ambassador for us, promoting hockey at Loughborough around the world and helping us to realise our ambitions.”
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Notes for editors
Press release reference number: PR 15/117
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 has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015.Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. It was 2nd in the 2015 THE Student Experience Survey and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.
In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.