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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 12th, 2012

    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.

     The event held in the Radmoor Sports Hall attracted 282 students and 25 staff – a new high – and feedback from two stalls that attracted a particularly high level of interest has prompted the College to take further action.

     “It was great to see so many people attending and the response we have already had from people taking part has been very positive,” she said. “Macmillan Cancer Support alone saw more than 240 people and spoke to more than 30 who raised specific issues.  We are now looking into the possibility of holding cancer awareness teaching for students next year.

     “Also, the NHS stop smoking service signed up a good number of students on the day, so we will be holding a drop-in during the new term. Many important health-related issues were publicised and we’d like to thank everyone who gave up their valuable time to come along including the Our Space appeal, which is the College’s chosen charity for 2012-13.

     “The timing of the event was changed this year to the heart of the Christmas party season as there was also important guidance on alcohol awareness.

     “Nobody wants to take away the enjoyment of this time of year but we want students to do so without neglecting the safety of both themselves and others.”


    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 10th, 2012

    Megan Turner admits waiting in full view of the audience at the Leicester Mercury Young Achiever 2012 Awards was not easy – but being announced as Technology Achievement winner helped.

    Megan, who completed her BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering at Loughborough College earlier this year with top marks – the highest ever in the subject, said: ”It was horrible and nerve-wracking to have to stand on stage before they told everyone the result.

    “It was nice to find out I had been nominated by Richard Miller, my tutor at College, and then I was told I had made it to the finals but even waiting up there for the announcement … you still never, ever think it will be you. When they said my name I was genuinely surprised.”

    Megan is now studying Engineering Design at Aston University and her latest prize follows hot on the heels of her winning two national titles, after she was not only named 2012 National BTEC Awards Outstanding BTEC Science and Engineering Student of the Year but was also voted overall National BTEC Awards Outstanding Student of the Year.

    “My family were with me at the Young Achievers Awards and were so proud. My grandma gave me a big kiss and my dad, who is an engineer himself, was beaming.

    “There is an engineering heritage in our family which goes back to my great great grandfather who was Chief Engineer on Shackleton’s expedition to the South Pole – and as it was visiting Loughborough College when I was still at school and seeing the workshops for the first time that strengthened my resolve to make engineering my future.”


    December 7th, 2012

    LOUGHBOROGUH COLLEGE  tutor Sally Anderson has her own students to thank for ensuring she can now register a cause very close to her heart as an official charity.

     Sally and husband Peter launched GEMS in June 2012 to raise money to buy much needed equipment for the chemotherapy suite at Leicester Royal Infirmary. Each letter represents the first name of a dear friend whom she has supported through their cancer treatment in recent years.

     Every would-be charity has to raise £5,000 in its first year to be able to register and Sally was delighted when two much-appreciated efforts from students took GEMS through that legal barrier with seven months to spare.

     Hospitality students held a cake sale as part of the Be Your Own Boss Enterprise project and BTEC travel and tourism student Karishma Rana held her own individual sale.

     “I’m really grateful to all the students involved and others in the College who have taken GEMS on board. I am planning to put it forward for consideration as the College charity this year,” she said.

     In addition, Meg Cook, one of the inspirations behind GEMS and a former long serving member of the hospitality team, has been another to contribute, organising a children’s disco in Coalville.

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