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    Posts Tagged ‘Flames’


    November 29th, 2012

    SPEEDY Scot Guy Learmonth is relishing the prospect of running on home soil in the 2014 Commonwealth Games – and intends to inspire as many local youngsters as possible along the way.

     The 19-year-old Loughborough College sports management student narrowly missed out on qualifying for London 2012 but has already posted an 800m qualifying time for Glasgow and says: “There’s already such a buzz about 2014 with everyone back home so excited about the Games.

     “It’s already a big part of my life as an ambassador for 2014 working on creating a lasting legacy from London 2012.”

     Guy teamed up with fellow College student Nicola White, a bronze medallist with Team GB’s women’s hockey team, to help provide youngsters from Loughborough’s Church of England, Mountfields and Boothwood schools with a memorable morning at today’s Flames Festival at Loughborough University.

     “It’s something I’ve really enjoyed since the College’s Elite Sport Education Officer Chris McGeorge approached me about becoming involved a couple of years ago,” he said.  “It’s great to see the smiling faces of the children and to share some of my experience. People have invested a lot of time and effort in getting me this far – this is one way of giving something back.”


    November 5th, 2012

    ELITE sport education officer Chris McGeorge says Loughborough College will look to create a fitting legacy after losing one of its best friends when Olympic legend Tommy Godwin passed away at the weekend.

     The double bronze medallist from London 1948, who won so many hearts in Loughborough during his last three years, would have been celebrating his 92nd birthday today.

     McGeorge said: “Our time with Tommy was very precious and I know it meant a lot to him too – he came to regard the College almost like a second home. We met him whilst taking our student volunteers to a sports hall event at the National Indoor Arena in 2009 with the 1948 Olympic torch. Tommy introduced himself and showed us his medals from the historic event.

     “We were looking to teach Olympic and Paralympic values and here was someone who genuinely lived by them. Tommy inspired many people of all ages he came into contact with, becoming a Flames ambassador and also receiving an honorary degree.”

     McGeorge says the College will now seek to work with Tommy’s family, including daughter Kay and son-in-law Richard to ensure he is always remembered.

     “There will be another trip to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne to donate Tommy’s Olympic vest from 1948 as he wished – but we will also be considering what to do locally.

     “I can honestly say Tommy’s values will always live on.”



    October 16th, 2012

    Dan Headley, second left, receives his national Flames award from Lord Sebastian Coe

    DAN HEADLEY says that receiving the Flames: Lighting the Way Young Leader of the Year award from Lord Sebastian Coe has capped “an unbelievable year”.

     The 18-year-old Mountsorrel teenager, currently studying for a foundation degree in sports coaching at Loughborough College, was presented with his achievement just over a month after officiating at the Paralympic Games in London.

     Lord Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, handed over Dan’s prize during his visit to Loughborough College on Friday hosted by Inspire Leicestershire.

    Dan  said:  “I can hardly believe I’m here to meet Lord Coe and receive this award.  My journey started when I volunteered to take part in a Boccia world endurance record attempt at the College and, with the backing of the College, was then fast tracked to become a Boccia official.

     “My experience in the Excel Arena officiating during the 10 days of competition was bigger and better than even I’d expected. I loved it, it was amazing. There were 6,000 people watching and cheering.It’s difficult to take in all that has happened to enable me to be here.”

     College Elite Sport Education Officer Chris McGeorge said it was the first time that the national programme’s young leader award had been won by a Loughborough student.

     “Dan has been outstanding in his support for Flames and contribution to the local community, He is a very deserving winner,” he said.

     Flames is an award-winning project promoting a healthy London 2012 run by the College and the British Heart Foundation.


    September 6th, 2012

    ACHIEVEMENTS made by Loughborough College under retiring Principal Jim Mutton have been highlighted by vice chair of governors Ian Nicholson.

     Speaking at a special tea party in honour of Mr Mutton’s retirement, he said that the Principal, who first joined as a senior business lecturer back in 1982, had helped steer the College through ‘challenging times of incorporation’ after taking over the post.

     Loughborough College has since become ‘one of the most eminent providers of sports education in the sector’, Mr Nicholson added.

     Higher Education has grown rapidly under Mr Mutton’s stewardship from just 50 students to the current 1,000.

     One of the Principal’s other early achievements was successfully campaigning to maintain the College’s halls of residence under strong pressure – a decision that has paid handsome dividends in later years.

     Unique and successful partners have been forged including the award-winning Flames: Lighting the Way programme run in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation and using the College’s 1948 Olympic torch as a powerful tool.

     Up-to-date figures reveal that Flames has now touched an amazing 215,000 lives in the UK, he said.

     There is also the emerging partnership with the National Space Centre at Leicester which has broadened the College’s horizons.

     Mr Nicholson also paid tribute to Mr Mutton for his role in backing improvements to College facilities on a smaller budget after the setback of losing a £48m grant from the Learniong and Skills Council.


    One of the former Principal’s greatest legacies, he added, was the Elite Athlete Performance Centre, which he officially opened earlier the same day to provide 16 to 18-year-olds with pioneering access to world class sports facilities and Loughborough College’s renowned educational programmes.


    July 5th, 2012

     LOUGHBOROUGH College was missing its favourite son on Tuesday morning when Olympic legend Tommy Godwin was unable to attend the Flames: Lighting the Way festival to co-incide with the Olympic torch relay.

     Flames ambassador Tommy was taken ill, ironically after fulfilling his own personal dream of carrying the Olympic torch in Solihull at the weekend.

     Flames organiser Rob Jarram explained that the College had planned to team up the evergreen 91-year-old, who won two cycling bronze medals at the London Olympic Games of 1948, with current Olympian Nicola White to highlight the torches of 1948 and 2012.

     He said: “We know just how gutted Tommy will have been to have missed out on this event – and he was greatly missed here. We gather that the great man is completely exhausted as he is currently in such great demand with the Olympic Games just around the corner.

     “All at Loughborough College send Tommy our very best wishes for a speedy recovery. I’m sure he will be up and running when the Olympics roll into London.”

     The links below show Tommy highlighting the great strides made by cycling from 1948 to 2012 in a special feature on BBC News by Robert Hall and footage of him carrying the 2012 torch in his home town.