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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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    Posts Tagged ‘London 2012’


    November 29th, 2012

    LOUGHBOROUGH COLLEGE’S Olympic bronze medallist Nicola White says she’s delighted to be playing top flight hockey again – and looking forward to a big date for new club Leicester Ladies this weekend.

     The 24-year-old, a key part of the Team GB squad which helped put women’s hockey back on the map at London 2012, has now played half-a-dozen games for the Premier League club after her transfer from Slough and says: “I’m not back to full match fitness yet, but I’m enjoying it and the team is going well. It’s brilliant to be with Leicester as we have a good team and I also want to keep my travelling down before the World Cup qualifiers for England in June.

     “Currently we’re in second place with a home match against the leaders Canterbury on Saturday. That’s a game we’re all looking forward to.”

     Nicola, who has won an amazing 83 caps for England and Great Britain combined, enjoyed a break from the sport after her London 2012 heroics but has been kept busy by attending more than 30 public engagements, including a link up with the British Heart Foundation that has seen her attending events as far apart as Hartlepool and Cornwall. She has also been settling into her new role as a live-in mentor at the College’s Elite Athlete Performance Centre.

     One of the special guests at today’s Loughborough Flames: Lighting the Way festival at Loughborough University, she said: “It’s amazing how much fitness you lose by having four weeks off – the pain in my legs now I’m on the way back highlights that. It’s good to be playing again and I’m getting there.

     “The World Cup is the next big event on the international front as we look to build on our bronze medal in Argentina in 2010. “


    November 27th, 2012

     WHILST Loughborough College students past and present picked up a magnificent five medals at London 2012, potentially the biggest event of her life proved to be a personal nightmare for 24-year-old Irish swimmer Melanie Nocher.

    She faced media criticism after finishing seventh in her 200m backstroke heat after swimming almost six seconds slower than her personal best.

    Now Melanie, who successfully completed qualifications in personal training and fitness instruction at Loughborough College earlier this year, explained she caught a bug just a few days before her big race and lost 5kg in weight.

    The swimmer, who qualified for her second Olympic Games after an heroic swim with just weeks to spare, was sick again just minutes afterwards and upset to be slammed by journalists for not speaking with them.

    “I’ve been interviewed by these journalists for ten years, they know me. I always speak to the media no matter how good or bad I swim,” says Nocher.

    Still taking time to decide her swimming future, Nocher says she is now over the media upset but not her miserable experience at London 2012.

    “I don’t know if I’ll ever get over it. I’d spent so much of my life trying to get there and then for me to be sick it seemed so unfair,” she said.

    She is reluctant to commit herself to another four years of training without any guarantee of success in Rio in 2016.

    One possibility is that Nocher will try to get her first job, putting the qualifications she has gained at Loughborough College to immediate use.


    November 21st, 2012

    SARAH STEVENSON picked up an honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University yesterday and admitted some really are as important as an Olympic medal.

     The 29-year-old former Loughborough College student and current Flames ambassador suffered disappointment when she was eliminated in the first round of the -67kg Taekwondo competition at London 2012.

     But she explained why it had still been a fantastic year for her.

     “I’m privileged to have been an athlete for the past 20 years and would like to thank the University for honouring me. Things like the MBE and being chosen to read the athletes’ oath at the Olympics are just as important to me as an athletics medal round my neck. I will do my best to promote and support the University.”

     Sarah, who has competed in four Olympic Games and became the first member of Team GB to win a medal in the sport at Beijing in 2008, has won many plaudits for her views on sport and life.

     She regained the world title in 2011 – a year in which both her parents died – and consistently maintained that success at London 2012 wasn’t everything as she fought bravely to recover from surgery.



    ‘We will never see his like again’

    November 6th, 2012

    LOUGHBOROUGH College’s HE manager Eric McIntyre today joined the ever growing number of tributes to Olympic legend Tommy Godwin saying ‘we will not see his like again’.

    A self-confessed ‘great Olympic nurd’, McIntyre said he was ‘very glad and indeed privileged’ to have known Tommy, a Flames: Lighting the Way ambassador and honorary College graduate who died on Saturday aged 91, after first meeting up at Wembley.

     “Chris McGeorge, our Elite athlete welfare officer, had taken some students down to link up our 1948 Olympic torch with the one which lit the cauldron and the cauldron itself,” McIntyre recalls. “This dapper man walked in who looked like a ‘man from the Pru’ with his briefcase full of his 1948 medals, all his travel passes from 1948 etc and many fabulous letters.”

     McIntyre then discovered more about the calibre of the man, who won two bronze medals at cycling at the London 1948 Olympics and managed the British team in 1964, when he next saw him at a Flames Festival back at Loughborough College.

     “He entranced the young children with his stories and his 1948 bike,” he said. “He would not walk with the 1948 torch but insisted on running with it to start the relay for the children. At lunch, he put in my hand an original 1964 Olympic postcard and said: ‘That’s for you, I could see at once you were a real enthusiast’”

     Summing up a true gentleman who made many friends at Loughborough College, McIntyre added: “I think Tommy had three lives – he was cyclist first, then he was a family man and lastly he was a ‘personality’, beginning in his 80s when most people are past it.

     “He never said, as he easily could, ‘compared to my day they have it easy in sport today’ – he took everything and everyone as he found them. His was a life well lived and it was so great he lived to see London 2012 and be a major part of it. It can be truly be said that we will not see his like again.”


    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.”