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Le Nurb - September 2012
Brunel takes over the games!
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Brunel alumni (left) take the games by storm, placing in the finals of multiple events.
Nine alumni athletes competed in the Olympic Games back in July and August and two competed at the Paralympic Games. Team GB Hockey captain and Sports Science graduate, Kate Walsh was one of the undisputed heroes of the Games after coming back from a horrific injury to secure a bronze medal alongside her teammates. Walsh suffered a broken jaw after being accidentally hit in the face earlier in the tournament, but showed the Olympic spirit by coming back to help the team. She said: “I loved every minute of
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Brunel’s tradition of creating top sportsmen and women continued this summer with a number of ex-students taking part in the Olympic and Paralympic games.
Paralympics Tom Aggar Rowing
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being out there. I love playing for this team, I love leading this team and that’s all my thoughts were on once I fractured my jaw - getting back.” Another Sports Science graduate was the track athlete Perri Shakes-Drayton. The 2012 Games were an Olympic debut for ShakesDrayton and she impressed by coming third in her 400m hurdles semi final and helping the 4x400m relay team finish 5th.
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Also worth an honourable mention is the Paralympian Natasha Baker. Whilst she may not have attended Brunel University, the Uxbridge local won gold in the Paralympic Grade II Equestrian event meaning there is now a golden post box in the town centre.
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Korean olympic team credit their success to Brunel STEPHANIE WAREHAM The Republic of Korea finished fifth in the medal table and state success was due to Brunel training facilities and “delicious” Korean food.
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The Korean Olympic team have dedicated their sporting success to their pre-Games training camp at Brunel. The team, who arrived on the 20th July, had access to the sport halls and exercise studio on campus as well as the 50m swimming pool at the Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex
in Gatting Way, Uxbridge. Lee Kee-Heung, the team’s Chief Delegate, said: “This is the best thing we have done at these Olympics as a delegation. The training base allowed athletes to train with proper partners, served them delicious and nutritious Korean food, and offered medical care.” The Republic of Korea finished fifth overall in the Olympic medal table, taking home 28 medals, including 13 golds. The athletes’ training camp attracted huge media attention back home, with a number of popular newspapers and TV channels covering their arrival on campus.
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“It’s gold for Korea’s Women Archery Team, You’re welcome”