A photo of the Tokyo skyline taken by Tom Sorsby
^ The Tokyo skyline taken by Tom Sorsby

An Olympic and Paralympic photo diary

From our very first Olympian John Dudderidge, who competed in the Berlin games of 1936 in the canoe event, to recent Team GB medallist, canoe slalom athlete David Florence - the University of Nottingham has a strong Olympic and Paralympic pedigree.

In this year's games we had strong alumni representation in Team GB. The Men’s hockey team, which included alumni James Gall and Tom Sorsby along with Harry Martin as an accredited reserve, made it to the quarter-finals before bowing out 3-1 to eventual bronze medallists India. Alumna Jo Hunter was a travelling reserve in the Women's hockey team which secured bronze.

In the Women's 1500m alumna Katie Snowden ran a personal best in reaching the semi-finals and amazingly, University of Nottingham medicine student and sports scholar Tin-Tin Ho was selected to compete for Team GB in the Table Tennis at the age of just 22.

In the Paralympics, which got underway on Tuesday, alumni Sophie Unwin (Para-cycling), Stuart Wood (Para-canoe) and Zhao Shuai (Para-table tennis) are all competing in Tokyo, as well as former student Tim Jeffrey (Para-shooting) - we wish them all good luck.

In the meantime we are delighted to share some photos and videos from their time in Tokyo in a unique behind-the-scenes snapshot for you!

Tin-Tin Ho gives us a special tour of the Tokyo Olympic Village!

Katie Snowden

"It was obviously a very unusual Olympic Games with all the covid restrictions and no spectators but the Japanese volunteers were so welcoming and kept us smiling everyday! I really enjoyed my experience there and I’m motivated to keep training hard to be in Paris in three years' time and make the final."

Olympic photo diary Katie Snowden Tom Daley
^ Katie Snowden (second from left) with Team GB diving gold medallist Tom Daley

Olympic photo diary Katie Snowden rings
^ Katie and the Olympic Rings

Olympic photo diary Katie Snowden Olympic village
^ Katie in the Olympic Village

Tom Sorsby and James Gall

Tom: "Tokyo was such a great experience. Whilst it’s tough to not let the outcome of the final game hang over me, I thoroughly loved every single second of being out there. If anything it’s just made me more excited and driven to compete in the future at events like it."

Olympic photo diary Tom Sorsby in action
^ Tom in action against India

Olympic photo diary Tom Sorsby Andy Murray
^ Tom and teammates meeting Jamie and Andy Murray

Olympic photo diary James Gall
^ The Team GB Men's Hockey squad

Olympic photo diary James Gall (2)
^ James Gall in action

Sophie Unwin

Sophie and pilot Jenny Holl recently won a gold at the Para-cycling Road World Championships and she's competing in four different events at the paralympics: kilo, pursuit, 32km time trial and 92km time trial. Follow Sophie and keep up to date with her progress on her Instagram.

Olympic photo diary Sophie Unwin
^ Sophie in training prior to travelling to Tokyo

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