The University has six current and former students selected to compete for their national teams.
The athletes will be looking to continue the University’s strong sporting tradition, highlighted most recently by Olympic success in 2012. Five Nottingham graduates brought home two gold, two silver and one bronze medal from the London Games, placing the University joint 32nd in the overall medal table if regarded as an independent country.
Although recent Olympic success has predominantly come on the water, with Tim Brabants, Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott collectively claiming medals in Sydney, Beijing and London, many eyes will be drawn to the athletics field this summer.
Recently crowned British Champion high jumper Isobel Pooley will be pulling on the Team England vest and looking to continue her current excellent form. The third year Animal Science student beat off strong competition from Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Morgan Lake to claim the national title and will be looking to build upon that at the Glasgow Games.
“If I perform near the standard that I’ve performed to already then a medal is a very realistic target and a fantastically exciting thing,” she said. “Having the England jersey is a huge vote of confidence and I think that having a big target like a medal puts me in a strong position — it’s even more of an attractive goal to think that I could come home with some silverware.”
In the table tennis, Chemical Engineering student and current Irish champion Paul McCreery will be representing Team Northern Ireland.
The University’s strong association with top level hockey also continues with the selection of second year Economics student Harry Martin for Team England. Harry deferred his entry to the University in 2012 in order to secure his place in the Team GB hockey squad for the London Games. He will be joined in Glasgow by fellow Olympians and Nottingham alumni George Pinner (Management Studies) and Nick Catlin (History).
Another alumnus, Emma Beddoes (French and German) completes the Nottingham delegation following her selection for Team England in the squash.
Assistant Director of Sport (Performance) at the University, Alex Perry said: “The University would like to congratulate our scholars on their selection for the Commonwealth Games. It is an incredible opportunity that I am sure they will grab with both hands and I wish them the very best in their quest for medals.”
The 20th Commonwealth Games will be the largest multi-sport event ever held in Scotland, bringing together athletes from 71 nations, competing in 261 events across 17 sports. As well as table tennis and squash, men’s hockey gets underway on Thursday 24 July as England takes on Trinidad and Tobago. The women’s high jump final will take place on Friday 1 August. Follow all the action from 23 July–3 August at www.glasgow2014.com.