Majority of Team GB at London 2012 Olympic Games are products of Higher Education
13 July 2012
With all of Team GB's 542 athletes now confirmed for London 2012 across the 26 Olympic sports, British Universities & Colleges Sport and Podium are delighted to announce that the majority of our squad are once again current students or alumni of the UK’s Higher Education sector with many also having studied in Further Education.
A large number of Team GB have also studied at FE and Sixth Form colleges including new Junior World Champion Adam Gemili from Barking and Dagenham College, who will compete in the 100m and an astonishing 19 sportsmen and women who have, or are still attending Loughborough College.
There are a number of sports and teams with particularly high level of student and graduate representation.
- 24 out of the 38 swimmers selected have been or are currently students at a University.
- 87.5% of the men and women’s hockey squads have been through the university system.
- 62 out of the 78 athletes in the Team GB athletics squad went through university.
- Every member of the women’s water polo side is a current student or graduate.
- All four modern pentathlon competitors are graduates or current students and are based at the University of Bath.
- 90% of rowers selected came through Higher Education.
Current students likely to shine at the Games include;
Andrew Pozzi, University of West of England (UWE) student, who ran the Olympic A Standard in the Men's 110m Hurdles at the BUCS Visa Outdoor Athletics Championships, which took place at the Olympic Stadium as part of the London Prepares Series, in a time of 13.35 - the fastest person in the UK this year.
Holly Bleasdale, a student at Manchester Metropolitan University, smashed her own British indoor pole vault record in July last year and stands second on the all-time world list with a clearance of 4.87m.
Georgie Twigg, a recent University of Bristol Law graduate and star hockey player, will be going for gold after the team made a top performance at the BUCS Championships by beating reigning world champions Argentina 2-0 in the final.
HE and FE alumni Team GB athletes equally likely to succeed include:
As well as being a World and European heptathlon gold medallist, Jessica Ennis is a Psychology graduate from the University of Sheffield. She recently won the long jump at Loughborough European Athletics Permit (LEAP), in her final event before she bids for gold at the Games.
Liam Tancock, who recently graduated from Loughborough College with a diploma in Applied Sports Science, is the current world champion and world record holder of 50m backstroke. Liam is now perfecting his 100m backstroke to attempt to give Michael Phelps a swim for his money at London 2012.
Chris Hoy, multiple world champion and first Briton to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games at Beijing 2008, started his studies at the Univeristy of St Andrews, and later transferred to the University of Edinburgh where he was awarded an honorary doctorate and another by Heriot-Watt University in 2005.
These names are just some of the athletes who are products of FE and HE. Podium has produced a comprehensive database of student and alumni athletes which we will be sharing online in the coming days.
However, if you would like to tell us about any of your students or alumni who are competing at London 2012, please do so by using the comment form below.
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