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    Posts Tagged ‘London 2012’


    October 17th, 2012

    Lord Sebastian Coe is welcomed to College by Principal Esme Winch

     PARALYMPIANS, including Loughborough College athletes, ‘have done more to change people’s view of disability than almost anything that has happened before’ Lord Sebastian Coe has told a College audience.

     The former Loughborough student and main driving force behind the Olympic Games as the chairman of LOCOG, Lord Coe was chief guest at a post-London 2012 legacy event hosted by Inspire Leicestershire at the Radmoor Sports Hall.

     In his speech, he paid particular emphasis to the influence and legacy from the Paralympic Games, which brought three medals for Loughborough College students past and present – sprinter Libby Clegg, judo fighter Sam Ingram and table tennis player Aaron McKibbin.

     He said: “I don’t think anybody would see sport in the same light now, particularly disability in the same way. A survey after London 2012 revealed that one in three people who either watched in person or on TV had fundamentally altered their views on disability. The legacy remains today with stars from the Paralympic Games among our role models.

     “We are now in a very different landscape than we had before.”


    September 28th, 2012

     AROUND 180 guests, including elite athletes of the past and future, celebrated the launch of Loughborough College’s richly-praised £1m new Elite Athlete Performance Centre last night.

     Steve Backley, one of Great Britain’s most successful Olympians, was guest speaker at a Gala Dinner held both to thank individuals and organisations for their support in helping to open the pioneering venture – and also as a fund raising event.

     Master of ceremonies on this glittering occasion was another sporting legend with local connections, Willie Thorne, now a highly respected snooker commentator for BBC and Sky Sports.

     Highlights of the evening included an excellent three-course meal prepared by the College’s hospitality team and a charity auction hosted by Thorne.

     Mike Chad-Smith, chair of the governors at Loughborough College, thanked sponsors for their backing which has enabled the College to refurbish the former Gables student accommodation into a elite sports centre he described as ‘the first of its kind in the UK’.

     He highlighted the history of the building dating back to 1880, once owned by Herbert Schofield, founder of the original Loughborough Technical College.

     He said that the idea had been raised by former College Principal Jim Mutton, who was among the guests, after he had been impressed by how the French developed young footballers to play a part in their 1998 World Cup triumph.

     Mr Chad-Smith praised the inspiring performances by Team GB and Paralympics GB at London 2012 and said that the EAPC was a key part of Loughborough College’s commitment to building a successful legacy.

     Also among the guests on this poignant occasion was the College’s new Principal Esme Winch, piuctured above with Steve Backley and Willie Thorne.


    September 25th, 2012

    COLLEGE sports ambassador Sarah Stevenson may be set to spread her sporting wings to help create a positive legacy from London 2012.

    The 29-year-old former Loughborough College student is currently assessing her competitive future after being knocked out in the first round in her fourth Olympic Games. The winner of Team GB’s first ever Taekwondo medal in Beijing, Sarah fought a courageous and emotional battle to be fit for London after suffering an injury earlier in the year.

    Pledging to continue training despite taking a few months off for a well-deserved break, she adds: “I want to be a part of the legacy and see where it is going to go. It’s great to see how Taekwondo has come on in this country in the last decade but I don’t just want to stick to it. I’d like to inspire athletes in other sports too. I’d hate to leave sport and do a normal job. I want to be involved.”


    September 19th, 2012

    LEICESTER snooker legend Willie Thorne today said he was looking forward to teaming up with another of the county’s sporting greats Steve Backley at Loughborough College next week.

     The 58-year-old, now a popular commentator for BBC and Sky Sports, is MC at a Gala Dinner on Thursday, September 27 to raise funds for the College’s sparkling new £1m Elite Athlete Centre.

     He said: “It’s a night I’m really going to enjoy. It’ll be good to meet up with Steve, who is an Olympian and also a lovely fellow. Loughborough College is a name always linked with sport for all its Olympians and Paralympians and I support the idea of bringing together top sportspeople at the age of 16 and 17 to develop both their sport and their education.

     “I gather we have previously been lagging behind in this area, so it’s good to know that we are giving people the very best chance to succeed.”

     He added that the concept of putting people from different sports together was reminiscent of the Olympic village and they could learn from living with each other.

     Willie, who was world seniors champion in 2000, admitted London 2012 took him by surprise.

    “A couple of weeks beforehand, I was a sceptic – I admit it,” he said. “Now I only wish I’d had the time to see some of the great events. The Olympics and the Paralympics were absolutely superb and have definitely created a feel good factor.”


    September 17th, 2012

     LOUGHBOROUGH College sports ambassador Sarah Stevenson MBE has given her clearest indication yet that London 2012 may be her last Olympic Games.

    Given the immense honour of delivering the athletes’ oath in her home Games, Sarah, who was sidelined from competition this year through injury, bowed out in the preliminary round.

    And the 29-year-old told BBC Sport she is reluctant to commit to what would be a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016.

    She said: “It is difficult to say that I will go all the way to Rio because I never said that I would go to London either. When you are a little bit older and have finished an Olympic Games, a lot can happen in four years.”

    Sarah took her Olympic bow in Sydney in 2000 and fought again in Athens in 2004 but her best performance was reserved for Beijing four years ago when she won Team GB’s first ever Taekwondo medal.

    She added that she treasured that moment but rated her achievement in regaining her world title in 2011 as still more special.

    Three facts you may not know about Sarah Stevenson


    .She was sponsored by martial arts legend Jackie Chan during the making of his film Shanghai Moon.

    .Ten years spanned her first and latest world tiles. She conquered the globe in 2001 and repeated it last year.

    .Sarah was a distance learning student at Loughborough College from 2007 to 2011, achieving a number of qualifications.