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Rachel Thomson, Dan Greaves and Rebecca Willison holding the 1948 Olympic Torch

19 March 2012 | PR 12/52

University confirms that Olympic Flame will be carried through campus

Loughborough University can reveal today that the Olympic Flame will travel through its campus on Day 46 of the Olympic Torch Relay on Tuesday 3rd July.

It has also been announced that a trio of Torchbearers have been chosen to represent the University as part of Samsung’s nomination programme for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

Caroline Walker, Chief Operating Officer at Loughborough University, said:

“We are absolutely delighted that the Olympic Torch Relay will pass through the Loughborough University campus.

“The London 2012 Games are already very special for us, given that we are likely to have a considerable number of Loughborough-based athletes competing in London, and that we will have Team GB and some of the Japanese athletes based with us on campus in the run up to the Games.

“The Torch Relay is yet another very exciting part of London 2012. It’s perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a real piece of Olympic history and I would encourage everyone on campus and members of the local community to come along and celebrate the event with us.”

Samsung, a presenting partner of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay teamed up with 31 university partners across the UK last year to create a unique Torchbearer nomination programme.

The three Torchbearers to be chosen are Dan Greaves - Paralympian and Loughborough University graduate, Rachel Thomson - Professor of Materials Engineering and Director of the Materials Research School at the University, and current student Rebecca Willison.

As a champion of community sports projects, Rebecca Willison was chosen for her hard work and success as a volunteer, organising sporting activities for the Charnwood community.

Having established London 2012 Get Set sports projects in 10 Charnwood schools and being heavily involved with Action Fitness, which provides light exercise for the elderly, Rebecca said:

“It means a lot to me to be carrying the torch in Charnwood.  I feel like I’m carrying it on behalf of all the children, adults and other volunteers I work with.”

“I think it was my voluntary work that led me being nominated and it’s lovely to have all that hard work recognised.”

The streets along the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, which can be viewed in full at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay, gives street-by-street details and proposed start times for when the Olympic Flame will travel through Loughborough University and the Charnwood area.

An average of 115 Torchbearers a day will carry the Olympic Flame during its 8,000 mile journey around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Further details about the University’s involvement in the Torch Relay and a list of Torchbearers selected will be available in due course on our London 2012 website.


For all media enquiries contact:

Rob Knott
Sport PR Officer (Sport)
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
E: R.A.Knott@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching and strong links with industry.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

Loughborough has been selected by the British Olympic Association as the Official Preparation Camp Headquarters for Team GB prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games. The University has also signed a partnership with the Japanese Olympic Committee that will see both organisations working together until the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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