Olympian and current University student, Tin-Tin Ho.
Over the last few weeks the 2020 Olympics have been taking place in Tokyo, albeit a year later than initially planned because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Whilst spectators have not been present in stadiums for the games, the sporting excellence and competitive spirit shown by the athletes competing has been as fierce and impressive as you would expect.
At the University of Nottingham we have not only admired high level performances across a variety of sports, we have also been keenly following and supporting athletes competing that have a connection to the university. We are very proud of the fact that we have had numerous alumni and associates represent Team GB in Tokyo, as well as one of the university’s current students. All of these members of the #GreenandGold have represented Team GB and the University of Nottingham across various different sporting disciplines incredibly well this summer.
It was inspiring to see current University of Nottingham medicine student and sports scholar Tin-Tin Ho being selected to represent Team GB in the Table Tennis. Unfortunately Tin-Tin received a tough draw at the games and lost her opening round match. However, combining both her studies and training over the last few years, at 22 years old Tin-Tin’s achievements this summer are truly commendable and we are looking forward to welcoming her back to campus very soon.
The University’s alumni representation came through three members of the Team GB Men’s Hockey team in James Gall, Tom Sorsby and Harry Martin, as well as on the track with Katie Snowden running in the Women’s 1500m. The Men’s Hockey team started off well by going unbeaten in the group stages, but faced a tough India team in the quarter finals and were knocked out of the competition following a 3-1 loss. Katie also began the games very well by running a personal best in her first heat to put her through to the 1500m semi-finals. Despite running another strong time in the semi-final Katie narrowly missed out on a place in the Olympic final. Whilst ultimately unsuccessful, we hope that our alumni’s experience at the Tokyo Games has been a fantastic one. We also hope that their time spent at the University of Nottingham helped James, Tom, Harry and Katie in their journey to these games.
Finally, whilst not officially alumna of the University, we wanted to say a huge congratulations to Emily Campbell who made history in Tokyo this summer! Emily became the first British female weightlifter to win a medal by capturing Silver in the over-87kg super-heavyweight competition. Nottingham born Emily has been training and preparing for these Olympics at the David Ross Sports Village utilising the High Performance Zone and Sports Injury Clinic. We are delighted to see her hard work in the last few years produce history making results. Congratulations Emily!
Speaking of the success this summer, University of Nottingham Performance Director, Alex Perry said,
"We are immensely proud of our student athletes past and present and what they have achieved over the course of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. It is also our pleasure to support athletes with close association to the department, such as silver medal winner Emily Campbell, in their preparation for the games.
Each athletes endeavour is one to celebrate and recognise as an outstanding feat of commitment to excellence, and our aim is to continue to provide an environment that enables athletes to flourish and achieve their ambitions on the international stage. With the Commonwealth Games on the horizon and the Paris Olympics only 3 years away, the future looks exciting for the next generation of upcoming athletes at the University of Nottingham and we look forward to supporting them in the future."
Even though the Olympics has drawn to a close, the University’s representation in Tokyo has not ended just yet. With the Paralympics beginning in earnest on the 24th August, 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 look forward to cheering on more of the #GreenandGold later this month!
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Posted on Friday 6th August 2021