My University’s Incredible Sporting Achievements

I wrote an article on my University’s sporting achievements for the student magazine.

Loughborough University has been named ‘University of the Year for Sport’ by The Times Good University Guide 2014. Loughborough had the most points in British Universities and Colleges Sport  (BUCS) Championship (which they have been winners of now for 33 consecutive years), in cup competitions and also in individual performances in non-team sports. The campus is home to the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities including an indoor athletics centre, outdoor stadium and a 50m swimming pool. As well as national and regional centres for sports such as athletics and cricket.

Being a student here is so inspiring as everywhere you go great sporting achievements are occurring.  Great sportsmen and women who were students here have gone on to achieve amazing accomplishments, these include Sebastian Coe, Paula Radcliffe, one of the greatest-ever Paralympians, Tanni Grey-Thompson, and World Cup winning England rugby coach Clive Woodward.

Peter Keen, Director of Sport at Loughborough University, said: “Naturally I am delighted that Loughborough has been awarded the accolade of University of the Year for Sport in The Times Good University Guide for 2014. Sport is in the DNA of this University and it is what we have built our reputation on.”

At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, past and present students and Loughborough-based athletes won an astounding 44 medals. If the University had been a country it would have finished 8th in the medal table. At the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, 90 athletes with Loughborough connections competed, winning thirteen medals. There are currently around 200 elite athletes training or studying at Loughborough University, who knows what great achievements they will go on to accomplish in the future.

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