Mayor and Mayoress with Adam Peaty

Councillor David Snartt and Joan Snartt, Mayor and Mayoress of Charnwood, visiting Loughborough University campus. Pictured (L to R) are the Mayor, Mel Marshall UK Coach of the Year, Adam Peaty Olympic Gold Medal winner, Professor Bob Allison the University Vice-Chancellor and the Mayoress.

Mayor and Mayoress of Charnwood meet Olympian in first official visit

Councillor David Snartt and Mrs Joan Snartt, the Mayor and Mayoress, met Olympic Gold Medal winner Adam Peaty on their first face-to-face visit since taking up office.

Adam trains at Loughborough University and is coached by Mel Marshall, who recently won the prestigious award of UK Coach of the Year. As with many other members of Team GB, Adam has had to make alternative training arrangements during lockdown.

The Mayor and Mayoress visited the University campus to welcome Adam back to the swimming pool, which is now open for Loughborough’s international athletes to resume training in the run-up to the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year.

In welcoming the Mayor and Mayoress, Professor Bob Allison, the University Vice-Chancellor commented: "I am delighted that we have been able to host David and Joan Snartt at the University. In normal circumstances this would have been graduation week and the Mayor and Mayoress would have been amongst our VIP guests. To have them visit the University today has added significance. The Snartts are long-standing members of the Loughborough family and they will always be welcome here."

Councillor David Snartt, Mayor of Charnwood commented: "The Mayoress and I are always pleased to visit the University. Loughborough is the top university in the world for sport and to meet Olympian Adam Peaty and his coach Mel Marshall made it a special occasion for both of us. Our best wishes are with Adam and all other Loughborough athletes in the run-up to the Olympic games next year. Good luck!"

Notes for editors

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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, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2020 QS World University Rankings and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2020, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 6th in The UK Complete University Guide 2021.

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. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.