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    ORGANISER Nicola Wells today revealed Loughborough College will be holding follow-up events in 2013 following yesterday’s record-breaking third annual Health and Wellbeing Fair.
    LOUGHBOROUGH COLLEGE engineering lecturer Stuart Carroll, took time out to talk to Motor Vehicle students about his passion for taking part in Mixed Martial Arts, through his involvement with the Leicester Shootfighters team.
    LONDON 2012 bronze medallist Nicola White opened today’s third annual Health and Wellbeing Fair at Loughborough College - then went in search of some tips of her own.

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    December 11th, 2012

    LONDON 2012 bronze medallist Nicola White opened today’s third annual Health and Wellbeing Fair at Loughborough College  – then went in search of some tips of her own.

     For, although the Loughborough College student has won 89 international hockey caps and was a member of Team GB’s history-making side at the Olympic Games, she admits she is still learning.

     “You never know it all,” she said. “Going round the stands at this event, you do find out things. There’s probably at least one valuable extra piece of information I could take away from each one.”

     Long queues of people streamed into the Radmoor Sports Hall for an event focusing on health issues, including alcohol awareness and safety.

     Among the many stallholders was NHS development worker Meeta Madhani who was promoting an important message about responsible drinking during the festive season.

     She said: “Nobody is seeking to take away people’s enjoyment but it is better health-wise to be a social drinker than a dependent one. The problem is we tend to think in terms of pints and measures rather than units. You will feel a lot better if you drink responsibly, thinking ahead about how you are going to get home, rather than going mad.

     “Binge drinking can lead to unwise sex, violence and other issues of poor judgement.”


    December 11th, 2012

    JAMES WILKINSON admits he surprised himself by winning a bronze medal in the Under 23 men’s race at the European Cross Country Championships in sub zero Budapest on Saturday.

     Having seen his London 2012 hopes scuppered by a persistent foot injury, the 22-year-old Loughborough College tutor believes he is now closer to his top form than he thought going into the race.

     Wilkinson finished just 13 seconds behind Norwegian winner Henrik Ingebrightsen with a run that played a major role in Great Britain claiming team bronze.

     He said: “The race went far better than I was expecting. I hadn’t done that much training and didn’t think I was where I wanted to be. My foot was 100 per cent after my problems in the summer and the biggest obstacle was the weather.  I wore a hat, gloves and long sleeves as it was well below zero, the coldest conditions I’ve ever raced in.”

     Wilkinson, who moved to Loughborough a year ago to improve his sport and joined the College staff as an Elite sports tutor and assessor in the summer, suffered a plantar fascia injury to the bottom of his foot which left him in constant pain

     He added: “London 2012 was always going to be a bit soon but the injury ended my chances. I managed to run and come second in the 3000m steeplechase but didn’t achieve the qualifying time.

     “Athletes tend to look at each year as one block, so Rio isn’t that far off. I should be at around my peak age in 2016 and see myself competing over 3000m.”

     After treating himself to most of the week off after running in Hungary, Wilkinson says he expects to compete in the prestigious Great Britain versus USA versus Europe meeting in Edinburgh on January 5 then either the European Indoor Championships or the World Cross Country Championships in March.





    December 7th, 2012

     HENRY WEIR’S hockey adventure Down Under eventually hit the rocks after England were defeated 2-0 by hosts Australia in the quarter finals of the Champions Trophy.

    The 22-year-old Loughborough College student has won his first senior international recognition during the tournament as England seek to build for a brighter future after Team GB were disappointingly beaten into fourth place at London 2012.

    Weir, also a key player for Loughborough Students in the top flight of men’s hockey, helped his country out of a tough group in which they faced gold medallists Germany as well as India and New Zealand, who have claimed the Olympic title 12 times between them in the past.

    England were defeated 3-1 in their opening encounter before they turned the form table upside down by thrashing Germany 4-1. Weir was heavily involved in one of the four strikes as he pressurised Mats Grambusch into putting through his own net.

    Tuesday’s creditable 1-1 draw with New Zealand eased England through in third place in their group but with a very difficult tie against the Aussies. They largely matched their hosts in the first half before a slip by the Loughborough College student in the circle allowed Australia to break and Dwyer to open the scoring. The second goal came from Ciriello with 17 minutes left.

    England are now set to play Belgium tomorrow (Saturday) to determine whether they will play off for fifth or seventh place in the competition between the world’s eight leading hockey sides.


    November 29th, 2012

    NICOLA WHITE stepped into the shoes of former Loughborough College student Sarah Stevenson today to read the Olympic athletes’  oath.

     The history-making Taekwondo star, 29, now a College sports ambassador, read the words on the biggest stage of all at the Olympic Games opening ceremony at London 2012 a few months ago.

     Nicola, 24, sporting her bronze medal won with Team GB’s women’s hockey team, welcomed  120 youngsters from Loughborough’s Church of England, Mountfields and Boothwood schools to the latest Flames Festival staged at the Netball Centre at Loughborough University.

     She told them: “London 2012 was great.  It’s every athlete’s dream to play in a home Olympics in front of friends and family. One of the best things of all was meeting so many people – in particular Mo Farreh, who is someone I have always put on a pedestal. He was really genuine and a great guy.”

     Now backing playing top class hockey for Premier Division high-flyers Leicester Ladies, Nicola added: “I’m trying to get young people involved in sport and to be physically active.”

     Boothwood School learning support assistant Carole Chamberlain summed up: “I went to Flames last year and I think the programme is brilliant. The most exciting thing of all for the children is to actually see someone who has won an Olympic medal.”


    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.”