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2011 Thursday 17th November 2011 Sir David Wallace Sports Hall, Loughborough University

Welcome Professor Shirley Pearce Vice-Chancellor Loughborough University It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Loughborough University this evening for the annual BBC East Midlands Sports Awards.

Stuart Thomas Head of Region BBC East Midlands Welcome to the BBC East Midlands Sports Awards 2011. We’re delighted to return to Loughborough at such an exciting time for the University. The clock is moving swiftly and in little over six months time, this will be the home of Team GB as they prepare for the London Olympics. Our Awards are about celebrating what is great about sport in the East Midlands. I am proud to be associated with an event where young hopefuls and committed volunteers share the limelight with the stars of local sport. I am sure this evening will bring many moments that inspire us. I am very grateful for the financial support of Loughborough University, which enables us to stage tonight’s event. I also want to say a big thank you to the staff and the volunteers at the University who have played a big part in making this evening’s ceremony happen. Thank you for coming to support the Awards. I really hope you have an evening to enjoy.

We are proud, once again, to be supporting this prestigious event, and are pleased to see the region’s talented athletes, coaches, professional clubs and volunteers return to Loughborough. Recognising excellence matters to us, and earlier this year the University unveiled a ‘Walk of Fame’ to capture the achievements of our most prominent sporting alumni. Every member of this elite group has had a bronze paving stone created in their honour. These are set in the ground just outside tonight’s venue as a permanent record of their membership of our sporting Hall of Fame. With just over 250 days to go to the start of the 2012 Games, a number of our current and former students will be looking to achieve Olympic and Paralympic glory in London next year, recording sporting performances worthy of selection to our Hall of Fame. In the build up to the Games, the University continues to work closely with the British Olympic Association and the Japanese Olympic Committee, in order to ensure that we support their preparations for London 2012 most effectively. Last month I was invited by British Swimming to accept an award given to the University, to recognise the gold standard that has been achieved for our swimming programme. The award emphasises the support we give to students that allows them to balance the demands of study and sport. I hope that you enjoy tonight’s event, and I congratulate all the nominees that have been selected for this year’s awards.

Robbie and Ann Brightwell attend the launch of the Loughborough Sporting Club

Mark Shardlow Sports Editor BBC East Midlands Today 1249 BST Wednesday 6th July 2005….. “The Games of the 30th Olympiad in 2012 are awarded to the City of London.” It was a momentous moment. Exciting. But it seemed so far off. Fast forward six-and-a-half years and here we are. Tonight you are getting a glimpse into the Olympic world. Once you’re through the gates of Loughborough University, you enter a sporting world like few others. It is no surprise that this will be the official preparation camp of Team GB, and that just about all of the 550 GB athletes heading to London 2012 will pass through here at least once. Tonight, we’re delighted to have so many Olympians from past Games in our audience. We offer a special welcome to Robbie and Ann Brightwell, who will be presenting one of the awards. They provided one of the great Olympic memories from Rome 1964. It’s also great to see so many aspiring Olympians and Paralympians, who are within touching distance of making the team for next year.

But Loughborough isn’t just about Olympic sport. You’re sitting a mere few hundred yards away from cricket’s National Performance Centre, which has been central to seeing the spectacular rise of English cricket. The remarkable year for the sport is reflected in the nominations for the East Midlands Sports Personality of the Year. I would like to thank all the sportsmen and women here tonight for their contributions to the BBC and especially East Midlands Today over the last 12 months. I would also personally like to thank the staff here at Loughborough University, for the enthusiasm and energy which has brought this evening together. Finally, a big thank you to our viewers and listeners who have taken the trouble to come to Loughborough tonight. Thank you for your support during 2011.

Going For Gold - Olympic Memories 2012 will be a year like no other for sport. The BBC East Midlands Sports Awards have had some magical moments over the last decade. We have grown together with the likes of Rebecca Adlington, who first came to these awards as a nominee in the junior category in 2005, and we now look forward to 2012 together…

Ian Stringer, BBC Radio Leicester Mark Shardlow BBC East Midlands Today “My own first Olympic memory was seeing David Hemery win the 400m hurdles in Mexico. The race is now probably better known for David Coleman’s BBC1 commentary:

the BBC’s website. We’ll cover every venue from first thing in the morning to the close of the session. So if you want to watch table tennis live all day, you’ll be able to.

“‘David Hemery wins for Britain,’ said Coleman in full euphoric flow.

“But of course, there will the traditional channels which bring together the moments that matter. BBC1 and BBC Radio 5Live will be at the heart of the action.

“‘In second place Hennige and who cares who’s 3rd!’” “It was one of the first ‘Colemanballs’ as in third place, taking bronze, was Britain’s John Sherwood, who is incidentally another former Loughborough student. “To be honest, Coleman was right. An unexpected gold medal was the story. “In 1968, we were just glad to see live sport from so far away. I am sure it provided great technological challenges. But what is planned for London 2012 is extraordinary. At peak times we at the BBC intend to bring in 24 streams of live content to

“Closer to home, East Midlands Today has spent the last 12 months featuring our potential Olympians and Paralympians. This will continue in 2012.

“The single-minded approach taken by every member of Team GB makes me proud of our sporting nation. You have to earn the right to compete at international level, so I have tremendous respect for every competitor who trains, sometimes alone, with incredible self-discipline all for one moment.

“Our BBC Local Radio stations in Derby, Leicester and Nottingham have their own ‘ones to watch’ – and their listeners have been fortunate to hear the true behind-the-scenes tales of the battles to reach 2012.

“To pick one highlight is tough, but it has to be in Athens 2004. I was in my car listening on the radio to the men’s Coxless 4 final. Pinsent, without Redgrave. As they came up to the line, tears were streaming down my cheeks and my heart was full of pride.

“It is the greatest broadcasting challenge the BBC has ever faced, but then again it is the greatest sporting event ever held in th UK.”

“Gold medal prediction for me is Liam Tancock. The Loughborough-based swimmer will smash the backstroke field apart.”

Colin Hazelden, BBC East Midlands Today

“I am going with another commentary for my favourite Olympic memory. “Seoul 1988; the men’s hockey final. Imran Sherwani scores his second and GB’s third to confirm the gold medal. “Barry Davies comes up with one of my favourite lines of commentary ever...‘where, oh where were the Germans...but, frankly, who cares?’ “Priceless.”

Colin Gibson, BBC Radio Derby

“My first Olympic memory was also David Hemery. “Four years on, our TV viewing went from black and white to colour and seeing Mary Peters win gold is a favourite moment. “As for 2012, I am looking forward to seeing Rebecca Adlington – yes, a Nottinghamshire girl, but her great uncle played in goal for Derby County!”

Robin Chipperfield, BBC Radio Nottingham

“As a sports journalist and presenter, my best Olympic memory is a little different. “It was Seoul 1988. Des Lynam was handed a piece of paper in the middle of a conversation and it went like this…‘if what I’ve been handed is true, this is the biggest story to come out of this or any other Olympics.’ “It was news of Ben Johnson, the 100m winner, being banned for drug taking. “As for 2012, I’m with Colin Gibson; I can’t wait to see Becky Adlington.”

Paula Radcliffe: In The Running For Gold


Paula Radcliffe MBE is one of the best known athletes to have graduated at Loughborough University. She is now a mum of two. But after battling several injuries she hopes to win an elusive gold at London 2012. Paula is training as hard as ever. Now 37, she is looking for a change of luck. She was 4th in the 10,000m in Sydney, had a stress fracture in Athens 2004 and a stomach problem in Beijing 2008. Paula spoke about Loughborough and London in an interview which was first published in Soar Magazine earlier this year. Firstly Paula, could you tell us about how you got into running? My dad was the one who introduced me to running as he was a very keen runner himself. I liked to join him in training runs. What are your memories of Loughborough University? It was a fun time with lots of great memories and also where I met Gary, who is now my husband. It’s such a great

university and combines sport and studying very well. The facilities are amazing which is why it attracts so many athletes. As for my time there, I had to be very organised, as both my study and training was pretty full-on. But I also had time to be a normal student and enjoy myself. I enjoy coming back. What do you think of the area? We love it there. Gary and I have fond memories of the area and have many favourite runs that we love through the beautiful countryside. What’s your greatest achievement and why? Giving birth to our two beautiful children is top. After that would be setting the Marathon World Record in 2003. Can you tell us a bit about the challenge of having children whilst being a full-time athlete? Sometimes it is a challenge. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have had to become more organised. And I’m very lucky to have Gary, as without him it wouldn’t be possible. Earlier this year, for the first time, we hired a nanny to help us in the

morning when I do my longer session so that Gary could come with me. When I do my exercises at home, my daughter Isla likes to try to join in, which is always entertaining. How are you preparing for London 2012? We split our time between Monaco, the Pyrenees and Albuquerque. Training at high altitude makes a big difference to my fitness levels and training intensities. We go to Albuquerque every winter as it is dry and generally perfect training conditions. With the injury problems you’ve experienced at previous Games; do you see 2012 as the perfect opportunity to do yourself justice at an Olympics? It’s a great opportunity and having the biggest sporting event in my home country is a huge advantage. I also set the world marathon record in London, where I have had some great runs, which will help me a lot on the day. At this stage of my career I know it isn’t my strongest shot, but I have the motivation and want to give it my best shot.

2011 East Midlands Sports Awards Nominees Football Achievement of the Year

Alfreton Town Football Club Martin Allen – Notts County Football Club Mark O’Brien – Derby County Football Club

Junior Disabled Sportsperson of the Year Oliver Hynd – Swimming Jacob Parker – Swimming Maddie Thompson – Wheelchair Basketball

Junior Sportsperson of the Year Lucy Garner – Cycling Molly Renshaw – Swimming Kyle Ryde – Motor Sport

Coach/Director of the Year Dave Brailsford – Cycling Bill Furniss – Swimming Graham Griffiths – Hockey

Team of the Year

Beeston Men’s Hockey Club Leicestershire Foxes (Cricket) Nottingham Panthers (Ice Hockey)

2011 Brian Clough Breakthrough Award

Mark O’Brien – Derby County Football Club Alex Hales – Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club Manu Tuilagi – Leicester Tigers

BBC Sports Unsung Hero

Julie Lowe – Canoeing, Newark Steve Pateman – Sumo’s Gym, Derby Mike Smith – Table Tennis, Leicestershire

Disabled Sports Personality of the Year Dan Greaves – Athletics Sam Hynd – Swimming Richard Whitehead – Athletics

Sports Personality of the Year Rebecca Adlington – Swimming Stuart Broad – Cricket Graeme Swann – Cricket

Loughborough University Housing Our Nation’s Olympic Hopes With 253 days to go to the official opening of London 2012, Loughborough University is gearing up for the Games, as the University’s Rob Knott reports… It is fair to say Loughborough is no stranger to hosting top class sports stars. The England cricket squad are regulars here and we have even had the national Rugby League team conducting their training camps here this year. But 2012 takes things to a new level. The University is steeped in sporting tradition. We launched the Loughborough Sporting Club at the House of Lords in 2011, with some of the most familiar names in sport in attendance. Lord Sebastian Coe is President, whilst Sir Clive Woodward headed the list of inductees into the Hall of Fame. But for all the history and reputation that Loughborough has built up over the last 60 years, 2012 will be very special.

We’re welcoming Team GB and Japan for their preparation camps and supporting their athletes in the build-up to the Games. Individual sports will be able to utilise the University’s sports facilities for their training and preparation in the weeks prior to London 2012. But it’s also expected that every member of Team GB – athletes, coaches and officials – will visit the camp to be officially welcomed to the team, receive critical pre-Games briefings and collect their kit. The ‘kitting out’ process is a significant milestone for Team GB, which the British Olympic Association describes as a rite of passage. It’s when the athletes are formally recognised as becoming Olympians. The process of gathering suits and tracksuits takes around two hours per athlete. A significant number of Team GB already train on campus – but we’re ready to welcome the first of our ‘official’ visitors next year, and play our part in the quest for medals.

BBC East Midlands Sports Awards

Roll of Honour Sports Personality of the Year 2003 Martin Johnson 2004 Darren Maddy 2005 Ellen MacArthur 2006 Ross Davenport 2007 Martin Corry 2008 Rebecca Adlington 2009 Carl Froch 2010 Lee Westwood

Disabled Sports Personality of the Year 2003 Alan Crowther 2004 Danny Greaves and Jane Stidiver 2005 Jayant Mistry and Sarah Dunster 2006 Richard Whitehead and Sally Reddin 2007 Tom Styles 2008 Sam Hynd 2009 Richard Whitehead 2010 Richard Whitehead

Team of the Year 2003 Leicester City Football Club 2004 Notts County Cricket Club 2005 Notts County Cricket Club 2006 Leicester Ladies Hockey 2007 Leicester Tigers 2008 GB Short Track Speed Skating 2009 Loughborough University Swimming Team 2010 Notts County Cricket Club

Coach/Director of the Year 2003 Micky Adams 2004 Graham Bassi 2005 Richard Bates 2006 Andy Wood 2007 Billy Davies 2008 Dave Brailsford 2009 Richard Cockerill 2010 Mick Newell

Football Achievement 2003 Paul Dickov 2004 Paul Morgan 2005 Inigo Idiakez 2006 Colin Calderwood 2007 Steve Howard 2008 Joe Mattock 2009 Nigel Pearson 2010 No Award

Lifetime Achievement 2003 Nottingham Forest European Cup Squad 2004 Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean 2005 Jenny Pitman 2006 Gordon Banks 2007 Martin Johnson 2008 Jimmy Sirrel 2009 George Gandy 2010 No Award

Brian Clough Breakthrough 2003 Michael Dawson 2004 Lee Camp 2005 Tom Varndell 2006 Lisa Dobriskey 2007 Melissa Reid 2008 Rendall Munroe 2009 James Taylor 2010 Dan Cole

Junior Sportsperson of the Year 2003 Bilal Shafayat 2004 Chris Wilkinson and Lizzie Simmonds 2005 Adamy Blythe and Sian Edwards 2006 Gavin Evans and Becky Downie 2007 Hollie Avil 2008 Becky Downie 2009 Sam Oldham 2010 Sam Oldham

Junior Disabled Sportsperson of the Year 2003 Zara Jurenko 2004 Rob Welbourn & Kayleigh Black 2005 Sam Hynd & Sophie Wells 2006 James Coyle-King 2007 Sam Hynd 2008 Sam Hynd 2009 Maddie Thompson 2010 Maddie Thompson

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The Last Word - John Inverdale It is wonderful to be back here at Loughborough University for the BBC East Midlands Sports Awards. It has been another rich year for sport in the area. If you aren’t already aware of the triumphs and trophies, you will be by 9 o’clock tonight! Quite rightly, there is much excitement here about London 2012 – from the University, the athletes and the support staff. London will be my seventh Olympics, and of all the great sporting events that I’ve been lucky enough to cover, the Olympics are in a class of their own. The sheer scale of the event, together with the knowledge that, unlike every other sporting spectacle, the whole world is genuinely part of it, makes it the most awe-inspiring spectacle. After the efficient but rather soulless experience of Beijing, I am hoping London can put the fun back in to the Games. I am hoping that the transport system works. And, very importantly, everyone across London and all the other venues smiles and makes the world feel welcome. It is an extraordinary once-in-alifetime experience to savour.

For highlights of tonight’s

To see highlights of tonight’s event, watch BBC East Midlands Today, 6:30pm tomorrow and listen to BBC Radio Derby 104.5 FM, BBC Radio Leicester 104.9FM and BBC Radio Nottingham 103.8FM.

BBC EAST MIDLANDS SPORTS AWARDS 2011 Tonight’s Schedule 7:00pm – The Warm-Up with Jeremy Nicholas Jeremy Nicholas is a freelance sports journalist, stadium announcer, author and stand-up comedian. As a journalist, Jeremy has won various awards and began his career with the BBC in 1987. 7:30pm – BBC East Midlands Sports Awards with John Inverdale & Colin Hazelden John Inverdale is one of the BBC’s premier sports presenters. Over many years, John has worked at some of the world’s greatest sporting events, from the Olympics to Wimbledon, for both BBC television and radio. Colin Hazelden is the main sports presenter on BBC East Midlands Today. In addition to his work on the nightly news, Colin has also covered the Commonwealth Games in Delhi and will be part of the BBC’s London 2012 team.


In addition to this evening’s main event, we’re delighted to welcome three sporting demonstrations to the stage to showcase their talents.

Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair basketball is one of the top Paralympic sports and has become popular throughout the world. This evening, players from both the Great Britain women and men’s squads will present a taste of what is to come at London 2012.

BMX – Keelan Phillips

Keelan is from Leicester and has won many flatland BMX contests around the world. For two years running, Keelan was the number one BMX biker in the United Kingdom. As a result of his talent, he has appeared on The X-Factor, Blue Peter and Channel 4’s Concrete Circus. Keelan has established his own events company, Style Bicycle.

High Jump

Steph Pywell is one of the UK’s leading High Jumpers who finished 6th in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Robbie Grabarz is one of the UK’s most promising High Jumpers who won silver in the UK National Indoor Championships.

Gymnastics – Sam Hunter

Sam Hunter is part of Team GB’s elite squad and is currently aiming for a spot in the team to compete in London 2012 next summer. A native of nearby Nottingham, Sam trains here at Loughborough University.

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