This section includes news from the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport from 2022.
Loughborough continues to lead the way in Para sport research
As the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham edge ever closer, the eyes of the world will once again be on the top sporting talent vying for podium places.
The Science of Wheelchair Rugby 2022
Listen back to presentations delivered at the second World Wheelchair Rugby Sports Science and Sports Medicine Conference.
Ben Walker joins the Peter Harrison Centre
Loughborough graduate Ben Walker has rejoined the University to undertake a PhD to inform future mental health and well-being policy at the English Institute of Sport.
The Peter Harrison Laboratory officially named
On the 27 September, the PHC welcomed the trustees of the Peter Harrison Foundation to campus, for a special unveiling of “The Peter Harrison Laboratory” plaque, in recognition of Peter Harrison and the Foundation’s support.
The Peter Harrison Centre welcomes two new members
Thomas Reitveld and Daniel Angus have joined the research team at The Peter Harrison Centre.
Peter Harrison Centre member Lynsey Speirs makes history at 2022 Commonwealth Games
Peter Harrison Centre director Professor Vicky Tolfrey and her team have been instrumental in the research surrounding wheelchair basketball in recent years, in particular the development of the 3x3 game, which featured for the very first time at this years Commonwealth Games, hosted in Birmingham.
Could a new fitness app help people with disabilities be more physically active?
Researchers from Loughborough University are working with the founders of a new fitness app, created specifically for people with impairments, to test its usability and effectiveness.
3x3 wheelchair basketball – how Loughborough’s research made a lasting impact
3X3 wheelchair basketball is set to feature for the first time at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, with researchers at Loughborough University playing a key role in the development of the sport.
David Pond awarded Honorary Doctorate by Loughborough University
Each year Loughborough University confers degrees and doctorates on honorary graduands from a range of fields. We are delighted to celebrate David Pond’s Honorary Doctorate in recognition for his “remarkable loyal and hard-working commitment and leadership to GB wheelchair rugby.”
Tokyo 2020 - Wheelchair GB Rugby reflections
As members of the GB wheelchair rugby team have been recently attending the PHC lab to re-assess their levels of fitness with Tom O’Brien, PhD student James got to catch a few players for a quick chat. Below are a few highlights from the conversations.
Q&A with Simon: Why Loughborough? Opportunities and Top Tips
Simon Briley (Lecturer at University of Derby) is a former PhD student (School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences) with matched funding from the Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport (PHC) who started his studies in 2017. In this Q&A, he answers questions about his path into a PhD, and provides tips about doing a PhD.
Balancing a SDC scholarship with a PhD
Lynsey Speirs and Heather Macrae are current recipients of Loughborough University Elite Athlete Doctoral Scholarship which provides budding researchers the opportunity to continue their studies alongside their sporting development.
Ellie-May Storr joins the Peter Harrison Centre
Loughborough graduate to investigate “Clean Sport in International Para Football”.
Holland, Japan, Canada, Texas, and beyond
Written by Christof Leicht
Introducing Loughborough's Para Sport Takeover Week!
As part of the collaboration between Loughborough Sport’s Recreational My Lifestyle programme and the Para Sport Executive Committee, the first ever Para Sport Takeover Week at Loughborough University is due to commence week beginning February 28th 2022!
Travelling to the Euros with British Wheelchair Basketball Squads
Last month, the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships were held in Madrid. As a PhD student focused on further defining the ‘what it takes to win’ model in wheelchair basketball, I was grateful to be able to attend the championships with the British Wheelchair Basketball squads.