Further and Higher Education sectors celebrate their ParalympicsGB medal winners at London 2012
10 September 2012
As the UK celebrates the sensational efforts and achievements of Great Britain's Olympic and Paralympic athletes with a victory parade in London today, Team FE and HE consisting of 50 institutions will equally be soaking up the success having now claimed 22 of our nation’s 34 golds and more than 50% of our 120 medals at the Paralympic Games.
Team FE and HE held on strong to its 7th position in the medal table beating Brazil, the next nation to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016.
The London 2012 Games proved to be a great success for cycling and athletics with Sarah Storey’s former institutions Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College and Leeds Metropolitan University coming out on top of the medal table thanks to her smashing four gold wins.
Athlete David Weir, who matches Storey’s success by winning his fourth gold medal at the Games on Sunday found the time to thank St Mary’s University College, Twickenham during his TV interview after the race.
David, who trains at the University, uses the sport science facilities at St Mary’s Centre for Health, Applied Sport and Exercise Science (CHASES), working with Physiologist Richard Burden and Strength and Conditioning Coach Nick Cooper, several times a week.
Thanks to many students and alumni leading the ParalympicsGB equestrian success at the Games Royal Holloway University secured a respectable third position with Brunel University not far off in fourth place.
Calderdale College was the second FE institution to make the top ten thanks to ‘Hurricane’ Hannah Cockroft bagging two golds in wheelchair racing.
As Podium's FE and HE medal table illustrates, many colleges have been performing well at the Games with FE claiming 10 of our nation’s gold medals.
Some of these include Cambridge Regional College (Jonnie Peacock), Cornwall College (Jonathan Fox), Royal National College for the Blind (Anthony Kappes), Telford College of Arts Technology (Mickey Bushell).
To find out how your institution performed check our unique London 2012 Further and Higher Education medal table.
By Tara Saghafi
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