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WELCOME Firstly I would like to congratulate all of the new students on gaining a place at the best sporting University in the country and for becoming part of Loughborough Sport. Loughborough truly is ‘Where History Begins’ and I wish you all the best on your sporting success. I would also like to welcome back all the returning students and I look forward to working with you in what promises to be another fantastic year for Loughborough Students Sport. The Athletic Union has a diverse variety of clubs available and there really is something for everyone to get involved with. Regardless of what level you have played at before, whether it is recreational or elite level, the AU can cater for you! We are extremely proud of our sporting success and reputation as the best, highlighted by Loughborough winning the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) Championship for a record 32nd consecutive year. Alongside this, we have numerous world class athletes and countless famous sporting alumni, including names such as Lord Sebastian Coe, The Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Ben Kay MBE. After the fantastic London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Loughborough’s prominence was clear to see with over 90 athletes with Loughborough relations at both games. Check out how all our athletes got on PAGE 3 ‘Loughborough at London 2012’.

As Athletic Union President I am here to help you achieve your sporting aims and make sure you get involved with as much as Loughborough Sport has to offer! For further information and updates please check out the website www. or if you require more information please email au@ Alternatively you can visit the AU Office which is upstairs and to the left in the Students Union Building. I look forward to meeting you! Yours in sport,


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Ann Wilson Sports Administrator 01509 635053

Rebecca James, Assistant Sports Administrator 01509 635054;

Claire Spencer Financial Administrator


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WOW is the independent publication of Loughborough Students athletic Union. The opinions of wow are those of the individual contributors, not loughborough Students Athletic Union or an office of the union, unless otherwise stated.

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Following a stunning opening ceremony, the world was thrown in at the deep end as the swimming commenced. Sports and Exercise Science student Roberto Pavoni was accompanied by aquatic legend Michael Phelps in his 200m butterfly heat. A gripping race gave Pavoni a 7th place finish which wasn’t enough to take him to the semis. The 400m Medley saw Pavoni finish 4th in his heat, again proving not fast enough to qualify for the semi-finals. Pavoni expressed how ‘I wasn’t too disappointed with the times, they weren’t far off my bests, but I needed to be right there – maybe doing my personal bests – if I wanted a chance of coming back and performing in the evenings.’ Adorning a different kit, Chemistry undergraduate Laurent Carnol took to the pool for Luxembourg. Winning his 100m breaststroke heat was a powerful start to his Olympic journey; however, other heats proved quicker and Carnol was denied a place in the semis. Undeterred, Carnol pushed on and secured a place in the semis for the 200m breaststroke. British Swimming brought another 12 Loughborough-based athletes to the games including Fran Halsall who reached three finals and a semi, Lizzie Simmond’s who narrowly missed out on bronze in the 200m backstroke

LOUGHBOROUGH BOASTED ‘HOME’ TO 22 TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES final and graduate Amy Smith who reached two semis and one final. Much anticipation was held for ex-Loughborough College student Liam Tancock who took finished 5th the 100m backstroke final in 53.35. Tancock repeatedly


thanked the crowd at the games, instilling that he thrived off the support the enthusiastic supporters consistently delivered in the aquatic centre. Current student Richard Smith joined alumni Nicholas Catlin, Glenn Kirkham, Iain Lewers, Iain Mackay, Barry Middleton and Alistair Wilson for the men’s hockey campaign. Two victories and three draws proved enough to secure Team GB a semifinal against the Netherlands. Despite a 9-2 loss, the team showed solidarity and left the Riverbank Arena proud. Graduate Hannah MacLeod joined current students Nicola White and Laura Unsworth as part of GB’s women’s hockey force. Stunning victories over Japan and South Korea in the group stages took the girls to an exciting semifinal display against the Netherlands, where a 2-1 loss denied them a place in the final. Four Loughborough triathletes took to the stage as week one ended. Vicky Holland and Lucy Hall powered through to 26th and 33rd places respectively. Graduate Jessica Harrison competed for France, finishing in a staggering 9th place and alumni Stuart Hayes finished the gruelling event in 37th place. Moving into week two, the sun and the spotlight rose on the Olympic Stadium itself. Loughborough boasted ‘home’ to 22 track and field athletes, following the legacy of athletics success beaconed by the likes of Lord Coe and Paula Radcliffe. Sports and Exercise student Emily Diamond stunned the

crowds with her contribution to the 5th place finish in the 4x400m women’s relay. Having never competed competitively over 400m until this Olympic year, Diamond has had an earth-shattering season, joining graduates Lee McConnell and Nicola Sanders in the squad. Graduate Rhys Williams joined Dai Greene in the 400m hurdles event. Williams looked strong as the competition progressed to the semi-finals. A powerful performance placed him in fourth, excluding him from the final. Former Loughborough College students Sophie Bradley, Karen Carney, Steph Houghton, Jill Scott, Casey Stoney and Ellen White, plus graduate Claire Kafferty comprised a large portion of Team GB’s Women’s Football squad. The girls had a powerful start in the tournament, finishing top of their group with a clean sheet. Although confident, Canada proved too strong in the quarters, beating Team GB 2-0 in a strong display. Greater success was to be found in canoeing. Graduate Angela Hannah finished 5th in the k4

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me the most opportunities in order to make a career in sport. This is an amazing place, both from a future career point of view and as an athlete.’ Medals were abundant for Loughborough athletes throughout the Paralympics. Table tennis star Aaron McKibbin fought his way through the preliminaries to dominate the bronze play-off; beating Germany 3-0 to take the medal. ‘Success emulating success’ was exemplified by many Loughborough Paralmypians. Former Loughborough College student Libby


500m canoe-sprint. Accompanying her on the water was fellow graduate Lizzie Neave, whose strong performance gave her a 12th place finish in the semi-final of the K1 Kayak Single. The formidable ex-Loughborough duo Liam Heath and Jon Schofield steamed through the K2 200m canoe-sprint to take home bronze. Describing the final as ‘a long race’ that they were ‘really worried’ going into, the kept a strong form that secured them a medal.

Clegg ran a stunning T12 100m to win silver. Graduate Dan Greaves also claimed silver in the F44 discus while Claire Williams took home bronze with a throw of 39.63m. Multi-talented Stefanie Reid competed in the T44 100m and T44 200m, finishing 8th and 4th in the respective finals. However, she excelled in the F44 long jump with 5.28m winning her the silver medal. Gold eluded many Loughborough athletes, but Richard Whitehead refused to be deterred by his disappointing 7th place finish in the T42 100m final. A powerful performance in the T42 200m final secured him the gold he has worked so hard to achieve.

The ten day interim following the Olympic Closing Ceremony saw a steady build in anticipation for the Paralympic Games, and the athletes did not disappoint. Undergraduate Emma Hollis frequented four events in the aquatic centre but struggled to get further than the heats despite an array of sterling performances. Current students Laurie Williams, Natasha Davies and Judith Hamer joined alumni Claire Strange to take on the world’s elite in the Women’s Wheelchair Basketball. Although the group stages were shaky with only one victory over Brazil, the girls qualified for the quarter finals where they suffered a gracious defeat, 55-44, to Germany, the eventual gold medallists. Crystal Lane became a familiar face in the cycling as she competed alongside teammate Sarah Storey. Finishing 9th in the C5 Individual, Lane pushed even further and achieved a stunning 6th place finish in the C4/5 Individual Pursuit. Currently studying for a Masters in Sports Nutrition, Lane ‘felt that coming to Loughborough would be more likely to give As I write this, the Paralympic Closing Ceremony is getting underway. For many athletes, spectators, games makers and everyone who has absorbed London 2012 this summer, a ‘closing’ ceremony will seem an inaccurate title. The passions, heartaches and glories, the dedication, intensity and commitment that has been brought to the ultimate global stage will reverberate in people’s hearts and memories, and hopefully ‘inspire a generation’ and many more to come. Summer may be over, but for many the season, and the legacy, is just beginning.

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whole crowd went mental. It wasn’t fear, just shock. I was privileged and humbled by everyone’s response. The Paralympics are often in the shadow of the Olympics but this year the response has been absolutely amazing and it’s a testament to how much the British public love athletics. The public seemed to focus on people’s ability rather than disability. They admired the talent, determination and people on the track doing what they wanted to do and to be a part of something like that is absolutely incredible.


American Footballer turned athletics hero, Loughborough’s Sam Ruddock has had a summer to remember... Refusing to let his cerebral palsy stop him competing at the highest level, Sam competed in the T35 100m and T35 200m in the Paralympics and is still revelling in the experience. Running 13.92 in his heat for the T35 100m, he didn’t manage to make the final but a massive PB of 28.75 in his T35 200m heat put a massive smile on his face, despite not progressing further. WoW managed to grab a few minutes with Sam and here’s what he had to say, speaking exclusively after the Heroes Parade. After two great performances at London 2012, how do you feel? At the moment, tired. Other than that I’ve not really had time to reflect. It’s very overwhelming to think about the amount of people that came to Heroes Parade. I’ve never seen so many happy people. Half of it was pride, the other half was because we’d made them happy. We’d given them an excuse to smile about something.I had the race of my life in the 200m. It absolutely killed me but as soon as I saw my time there was an instant change of emotion from sheer pain to sheer joy. It didn’t matter if I didn’t make the final because I couldn’t run any faster. When I went a little bit mad, the crowd joined in too and that was incredible. For me, the 100m involved getting over the shock of the 80,000 people. I was the only person wearing Team GB in the line-up and the


What has been your highlight this summer? I really can’t pick just one. It would be between the 100m heat where my team mate Jordan qualified for the final as fastest loser. I’ve never felt so happy for anyone in my life at that point. We hugged it out and that was such a happy moment for him I was over the moon for him. We’re going to do massive things in Rio.Also, my PB in the 200m. When you surpass your PB and you know you’ve never run faster in your life, that’s just awesome and to do it there on that stage, I don’t think I’ll ever top that. Finally the 6th Sept, Thriller Thursday, where it felt like everyone in Team GB won a medal, Jonnie Peacock, Hannah Cockroft and David Weir all winning medals that evening was incredible. It was the best night of Paralympic athletics you will ever see, particularly for Great Britain and I was there. What has been the hardest thing about competing? Any low points? The first few hours after the 100m were particularly difficult because although I was over the moon for Jordan, and I kept forgetting how short my journey has been to get to London, I was still beating myself up because I didn’t run the race I should have done. People were saying to me ‘you’ve been doing this for 6 months you’re a raw talent and you’ve done incredibly well. The guy who won silver in Beijing was behind you for the first 40m’ but I knew the last 20m were a bit of a struggle for me. To be beaten by 6 hundredths of a second because the Russian next to me dipped at the line, I know that if I had dipped at the line I probably would have beaten him and got the fastest loser spot. Getting over that 100m and learning from it and using the failure to smoke up the fire for the 200m was so hard. What have been the benefits for you and your training being at Loughborough? It’s a bit weird because my coach Joe McDonnell, he went to Loughborough but he’s not a Loughborough coach. He scouted me but being at Loughborough has built me into the athlete I am today. The support level has increased so much. Powerbase as well is amazing. Athletics Performance Manager Ian Anholm, in particular, has tried to help me as much as possible with massage and physio because he knew I was working towards the Games. I don’t think that could have happened anywhere else. What advice would you give to any other athletes with or without a disability? You should know what you want to do, know your goals and know how you’re going to achieve those goals. You have to prepare yourself to work for it; prepare to bleed for it. Having the will is good, but you need commitment and attitude. The hard work is the fun bit and the reward comes when that hard work pays off and when it does come, the reward is fantastic and unlike any other.

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This season all Loughborough will debut a whole new look. Teaming up with international kit provider Kukri, every AU club and IMS team is getting a revamp. The pink and purple Loughborough signature will become an increased statement as the new kit promises to create cohesion and unity across all clubs within the AU to ensure our kit represents the dominance of our athletic capabilities. As trials and the start of the season approach, athletes will be informed by their own Club Committees when kit is ready to be purchased.

LOUGHBOROUGH takes on the dragons As part of the new kit deal with Kukri, Loughborough AU Clubs will be given the chance to pitch their ideas to the Dragons for a stake of £10,000. In collaboration with Loughborough Students Media and in a similar format to the popular BBC programme Dragon’s Den, the AU is giving all Clubs the opportunity to request for additional funding for developments that will have a significant impact on the Club.

Clubs will be able to pitch for monetary values ranging from £500 to £2000 and presentations will be filmed to produce a Loughborough Dragon’s Den featured programme. The Dragons include a representative from Kukri, a representative from the Sports Development Centre at the University, the Athletic Union President and a sporting Alumni of Loughborough. Here is how it’s going to work: Clubs can request for a Dragon’s Den application form by emailing au@ The form will ask for details about the pitch – monetary value, what the money will be used for and how it will benefit the Club and its members. If the application is successful, then the Club will be asked to prepare their pitch and invited to present to the Dragons for the programme. It will then be down to the Dragons to decide if they wish to invest in the proposal. So get your thinking caps on, be creative with presentations because the last words you don’t want to hear are….’I’M OUT!’


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Announced in early September, Loughborough Students Football 1st XI will take on a Manchester United Academy XI on October 10th as the first of this year’s The BIG Match series!This is an exhilarating start to the season and promises to deliver Loughborough sporting passion and intensity at its best. Head Coach Stuart McClaren, was charged with excitement when he announced the fixture. He underlined how ‘Part of Loughborough Sport’s mission is to provide our students with fantastic, unique experiences and a match against developing players from one of the world’s biggest football clubs will certainly provide that.’George Williams has recently been named the new Captain for the Loughborough Student’s Football 1st Team, an honour that this year comes with immediate responsibility and an arena for the demonstration of excellence. When asked of his feelings towards the Manchester United fixture, Williams expressed how ‘it is such a surprise but allows us the opportunity to really show off the kind of football we play. We are all really excited to be playing some of the best youngsters in the country, maybe even the world and we hope that people will want to come and see some great football on the evening.’

successful fixtures against Crewe and Stoke. This was built upon last season with the unveiling of the new 3,000 capacity stadium on Holywell Park and a debut fixture at the new venue against a Tottenham Hotspurs Academy side in May. However, this upcoming Manchester United match will be the biggest fixture in the club’s history, demanding unprecedented levels of dedication and excellence from the Loughborough boys.

WE ARE ALL REALLY EXCITED TO BE PLAYING SOME OF THE BEST YOUNGSTERS IN THE COUNTRY The fixture will be a dual occasion as the unveiling of the Mike ‘Doc’ Holiday boardroom at Loughborough University Stadium will take place at the event. As a long-term Head Coach of the Football program at Loughborough, ‘The Doc’ was a coach and mentor for a huge number of highly successful graduates, including Paul McGuinness who will coach the Manchester United Academy side that take on the Loughborough first XI. Loughborough’s Head Coach McClaren confirmed how ‘As a club we are extremely proud of the achievements of our Alumni and a large number of them spent time under The Doc. I always stress the point that we are in such a wonderful position with the club because of the contribution of previous coaches and administrators, and none more so than The Doc. We are delighted that the University has supported us in having the Boardroom at Loughborough University Stadium named in his honour.’ The fixture marks a real step up for Loughborough Student’s Football Club. It truly will be Where History Begins.

Although the October 10th date has been verified with an evening kick-off agreed, ticket details including price and exact time will be announced nearer the time. Both the immediacy and enormity of the fixture demonstrates how Loughborough Student’s Football Club is really accelerating from strength to strength. The 2010/11 season saw WOWISSUE1.indd 9


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To all those freshers reading this, welcome to Loughborough and more importantly its prestigious Inter Mural Sport (IMS) programmes. I’m Jennie Cooper, your Chair and I am here to tell you how you can get involved in both AU and Hall life. IMS is a competitive sporting program which all 16 halls participate in. You have the opportunity to compete in over 25 sports ranging from the everyday, Rugby Union and Netball, to the perhaps more obscure: Ultimate Frisbee and Rock-it-ball. With over 58 campuswide fixtures a week, there is something for everyone. As a fantastic way to experience Loughborough’s world-class facilities, and a great way to get to know others, it is an integral part of hall life. IMS is HUGE at Loughborough, with Varsity vs Nottingham, Allstar matches (where IMS

teams play the AU Clubs) and of course the biggest event in the social calendar: IMS presentation evening. This year I will be working with Timms (AU President) to ensure the program expands even further, so watch this space for some new and upcoming IMS events that will be taking campus by storm. For more details contact your hall Sport Secs; they will get you all involved whether it’s competing, training or spectating, ensuring that IMS contributes towards your Loughborough experience. Feel free to stop me round campus or e-mail (J.Cooper-10@ me any questions that you may want answering. Thanks,


my lifestyle MyLifestyle offers a huge range of opportunities to help you get physically active, stay healthy and play sport. Activities run every week in anything from Cardio Tennis to Beach Volleyball, Zumba to Pilates and Badminton to Boot Camp. There are no membership fees, just pay and play as you go and some activities are completely FREE. Also available are nutrition plans, fitness workouts, and free access to recreational parks to help you reach your fitness and health goals no matter how big or small! As well as boosting your social life and having a laugh you’ll be getting fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, so go on, try something new and get involved. For more information visit the website or follow us on Twitter @MyLifestyleLuf


volunteering Volunteering is simple; it’s about giving your time and commitment to a programme for free. However, to us volunteering is about being part of something special, making a difference to Loughborough Sport and gaining some key skills and experiences.Our aim is to create a workforce of highly skilled volunteers to work on and run projects both within the University as well as Nationally and Internationally. Now we are at a point whereby volunteering has become a big part of the Loughborough Sports strategy, creating a new era in sport activities whereby volunteers are integral throughout all programmes, this is WHERE HISTORY BEGINS.

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MASTERMIND First round of the season sees Tim Jenkins, Men’s Hockey Chair take on IMS Chair Jennie Cooper. In a special Olympic themed quiz, whose London 2012 knowledge will take them to victory? TIM JENKINS


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1. How many Gold medals did Team GB win at the Olympics? 2.How many millions of litres of water filled an Olympic Swimming pool? 3.What year did Lord Sebastian Coe win his first Gold Medal in the 1500m? 4.How many Olympic Torchbearers were there? 5.Who finish 4th place in the Paralympics medal table behind Great Britain? 6.How many ‘Independent Olympic Athletes’ competed in the Olympics? 7.Who has the most Olympic medals representing Great Britain? 8.What percentage of an Olympic Gold Medal is made from Gold? 9.How many medal events are in the Paralympics? 10.How many basketballs were used for both games?


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Think you’re better then this? Cover the answers at the bottom and have a go for yourself to see if you can be a Loughborough Mastermind. ANSWERS 1. 29

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WoW October 2012  

Lufbra WoW magazine for October 2012 featuring Sam Ruddock and Loughborough's athletes in London 2012.