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    Locals invited to meet Olympic heroes

    17/02/2012
    A group of top British athletes are set to star in a series of free public events, giving local people the chance to quiz them about what it takes to succeed in sport and prepare for this summer’s Olympic Games.

    A group of top British athletes are set to star in a series of free public events, giving local people the chance to quiz them about what it takes to succeed in sport and prepare for this summer’s Olympic Games.

    Three separate 'Meet the Athlete' sessions are part of a range of sports themed activities run by Middlesex University as part of its build up to the Olympic games.

    The athletes will talk about their experiences, how they train and prepare and also answer questions from an audience of local people, Middlesex staff and students from the University's sports courses.

    Sessions, held at the University’s Hendon campus, the Burroughs, NW4 4BT, include:
    • Monday 27 Feb at 7pm - Paralympic rowing star Tom Aggar. Tom suffered a spinal injury and took up rowing as part of his rehabilitation, later winning a Gold medal at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing.

    • Monday 5 March at 7pm - Larry Achike (triple jump finalist in the Sydney and Beijing Olympics), Chris Tomlinson (long jump British record holder and World Championship Silver medallist) and top jump coach Frank Attoh.

    • Monday 12 March at 7pm - Ashleigh Nelson (100m World Junior Silver medallist), Gianni Frankis (one of the UK's top 110m Hurdlers) and Luke Fagan (UK National 200m bronze medallist 2011). Ashleigh, Gianni and Luke are all Middlesex students/graduates.

    Mel Parker, Head of Sport & Recreation at Middlesex University said: “We’ve got a great mix of athletes, from those who know first-hand what it’s like to compete in the world’s biggest sporting event and others who are giving their all to prepare for the Olympic trials.”

    “With less than 6 months remaining until the Olympic torch winds its way through Barnet, we hope we can whet the appetite of local people by giving them the chance to meet some of the athletes that will be flying the flag for Team GB in July.”

    Alongside the ‘Meet the athlete’ events, Middlesex is holding a range of activities to promote sport in the run up to the Olympics. These include an Olympic photography competition for local schools, a range of events and conferences and the launch of the University’s new state of the art Human Movement Lab, providing top class performance analysis facilities for students, local sports teams and sports organisations.

    The celebrations kick off next week (Monday 20) with a week of Olympic sports demonstrations on the University’s Hendon campus. These including judo, fencing, weight lifting, table tennis, and a cycling challenge, which will see staff and students using exercise bikes to attempt to cycle the distance between Hendon and Olympia in Greece.

    For your free ticket to a Meet the Athlete event, contact Middlesex University Sport on 020 8411 6343 or thefitnesspod@mdx.ac.uk

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