Olympic hopeful and Middlesex University student Tremayne Gilling has fronted up a campaign with Sir Menzies Campbell to demonstrate the wide range of ways that higher education boosts UK sport and supports the 2012 Olympic Games, as part of Universities Week 2012.
Gilling, 100m sprinter and product design student at Middlesex University, is hoping to qualify for London 2012 – while Sir Menzies Campbell was part of Team GB in the Olympic Games in Tokyo 1964 and held the British 100m sprint record of 10.2 seconds for eight years.
Universities Week was also notable for the launch of Middlesex University’s new top class performance analysis facility on its Hendon campus which London's elite athletes, coaches and sports students are set to benefit from. The Team GB fencing team were amongst the first to work in the lab this week.
The lab is designed to help sports people improve their skills or avoid injury by looking at every aspect of the way they move when they carry out activities such as running, kicking or punching. Technologies like motion analysis, ultrasound imaging, 3D lifting platforms and force plates collect a wide range of data to boost an athlete's performance allowing them to reach the absolute peak of their ability.
Rhonda Cohen, head of Middlesex University’s London Sport Institute, said: “We’re really excited to launch our Human Movement Lab and alongside our recently launched Human Performance Lab we can now provide amazing facilities for our students and allow elite sportspeople to boost their performance or avoid injury. The lab will be crucial in training the professionals set to work with athletes at the Rio 2016 Games and beyond.
“We’re celebrating Universities Week and I think that whilst many people are aware that we train the next generation of sports professionals through our courses they would be surprised to learn of the many other ways UK universities are creating a buzz around London 2012. We’re really proud to be taking part and looking forward to cheering on the current and former Middlesex students who qualify to compete in the Games.
“We plan to capitalise on the legacy of the Olympics which has already given us an amazing opportunity to engage. We’re linking in with our communities, for example with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, and developing skills in our students who will go out there and get kids involved in sport.”
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