Department of Sport

Paralympic success for the #GreenandGold!


UoN Alumni & Paralympic Bronze medallist, Stuart Wood.

This summer, athletes from around the world have been taking part in the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics which were hosted in Tokyo, Japan. As you may have seen in our Olympics round-up, the University of Nottingham had current students, alumni and associates all represent Team GB with distinction. This included Emily Campbell winning an historic Silver medal as the first British female weightlifter to win an Olympic medal. Shortly after the finish of the Olympic games, focus soon turned to the Paralympics which began on the 24th August. Once again the University had different representatives across numerous disciplines, from alumni to a former Sports Staff Member. We are hugely proud of the fact that in both games we have been able to support so many athletes with connections to the University, and are delighted at the achievements of the #GreenandGold! The Paralympians with connections to the University that competed in Tokyo are Sophie Unwin, Stuart Wood, Zhao Shuai and Tim Jeffery.

Alumna Sophie Unwin has an incredible backstory as she rode a tandem bike for the first time only 13 months ago and to top off a whirlwind year, Sophie was selected alongside her riding partner Jenny Holl for Team GB to compete in different cycling disciplines this summer. In preparation for the games, Sophie won her first ever Para-Cycling World Road Racing Championship Gold Medal and headed to Tokyo full of confidence. Carrying this momentum into the games, Sophie claimed a Bronze medal in the Individual Pursuit and followed that up with an incredible Silver medal in the Road Race! These are truly incredible achievements by Sophie and Jenny, and we cannot wait to see how much further Sophie can progress in the sport!

Turning our focus back to Team GB, University of Nottingham alumnus Stuart Wood competed in the Canoe Sprint. As another athlete competing in their first games, Stuart rose to the occasion and delivered a brilliant performance to earn himself a superb Bronze medal. Stuart is another athlete who will only continue to improve within in his sport and we look forward to following his path to Paris 2024.

From Paralympians winning medals in their first ever games, to a seasoned veteran who is a dominant force in his sport of Table Tennis. Going into Tokyo, Chinese athlete Zhao Shuai had won the previous two singles titles and was aiming for his third Gold in as many games. Zhao is an alumnus and former member of our sport staff at our Ningbo campus in China and we are delighted that he now has another singles Gold medal! However, this time one Gold was not enough for Zhao. Along with his Team China counterparts, Zhao won another Gold in the team competition taking his overall career tally of medals to four Paralympic Golds! You can read more on Zhao success here.

Alongside these achievements, the University would also like to praise former student Tim Jeffery for his performances this summer. Competing in the Shooting events, Tim represented Team GB, the University and himself commendably. Reaching the finals in all of his disciplines, Tim came up just short of a medal finish but put in some brilliant performances throughout his time competing in Tokyo.

Congratulations to all of our Paralympians on their achievements this summer, it has been a joy to follow all of our athletes throughout what has been a pulsating summer of sport. The University is immensely proud of how all of the athletes associated with the #GreenandGold represented themselves, their countries and the University. 



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Posted on Tuesday 7th September 2021

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