Further and Higher Education behind ParalympicsGB London 2012 medal success
7 September 2012
Another impressive day at the London 2012 Games saw ParalympicsGB hit its medal target to surpass the total from Beijing four years ago and unsurprisingly students and alumni are at the forefront with Team FE & HE claiming 20 of our nation’s 32 golds, and more than half of our 110 medals.
Team FE & HE, consisting of ParalympicsGB’s students and alumni from the UK’s colleges and universities, has claimed 20 gold, 19 silver and 19 bronze medals which puts them 7th in the world, just narrowly behind the almighty United States of America.
Exactly 44 institutions can lay claim to educating and supporting our medal winning Paralympians with Leeds Metropolitan University and Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College topping the Paralympic medal table thanks to alumnus Sarah Storey landing her fourth gold medal of London 2012.
Not far off the top spot is Royal Holloway, University of London thanks to an impressive triple gold medal haul from dressage rider Sophie Christiansen, who graduated with a Masters in Maths from the University.
Calderdale College, in West Yorkshire is another institution flying the flag for Further Education in fifth position thanks to sprinter Hannah Cockcroft who stormed to gold in the T34 100m and 200m.
The University of Aberdeen equally have a total medal tally of three thanks to its alumni Neil Fachie and Karen Darke taking multiple medals in cycling.
To find out how your institution is performing check our unique London 2012 Further and Higher Education medal table.
By Tara Saghafi
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