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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 ‘Team GB’


    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.”


    November 27th, 2012

    Loughborough College student and Olympic medallist Nicola White admits she was overwhelmed by the reaction of guests at the Pride of Loughborough Awards when it was announced there was to be a special prize honouring her achievements in this summer’s Games.

    “I couldn’t believe it when everyone wasn’t only clapping but they were also getting to their feet as I made my way to the stage. It was so special to see that and to be presented with an award for doing the thing I love,” said Nicola, on the right of this picture, who won bronze as part of the GB Women’s Hockey team.

    In her final year of her BSc in Applied Sports Science and mentor at Loughborough College’s unique Elite Athlete Performance Centre Nicola added, “I could not have done any of it without Loughborough College’s support and I am so grateful for that. The College’s students and former students played a massive part in the Games and it is obviously great to see that recognized.
    “The minute the Olympics were mentioned you could feel the buzz. That spirit is still there. I feel honoured to be an Olympian, to have achieved my dream. I haven’t come down from the high of it all. It is brilliant.”

    It was a bumper night for Loughborough College with students Amy Turlington and Kellie Chetwynd also winning Carer of the Year and Student of the Year respectively. Nicola’s team mate Laura Unsworth (pictured left) was also honoured with a special award.

    Oak FM’s Pride of Loughborough Awards were hosted by the station’s Ian Ison and Mark Rowley and were sponsored by East Midlands Airport.


    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.




    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.