FE contributes to record-breaking Olympics for TeamGB
An incredible 15 former and current FE students contributed to TeamGB’s record-breaking medal haul at the Olympic Games in Rio.
Great Britain’s tally of 67 medals was their best in 108 years, even surpassing the number achieved in London four years ago.
And FE students made a significant contribution to that total, with five golds, nine silvers and three bronze medals.
Former Derby College student Adam Peaty – who competed in the AoC Sport National Championships in 2013 – got the ball rolling with gold in the 100m breaststroke, before a silver from former Gower College Swansea student Jazz Carlin swiftly followed in the 400m freestyle.
Peaty added a silver to his collection a few days later in the 4x100m medley, while Carlin also collected another silver in the 800m freestyle.
There were also gold medals across the two weeks for track cyclists Ed Clancy and Steven Burke, formerly of Kirklees College and Nelson and Colne College respectively, in the men’s team pursuit, for former Loughborough College student Nicola White who was part of the victorious women’s hockey team, and Nicola Adams, who successfully defended her Olympic title in the flyweight boxing event.
In addition, Charlotte Dujardin won a gold and a silver on horse Valegro, who trains at Hartpury College, alongside silver medallist in the team dressage Carl Hester, who is an equine coach at the college.
Also winning silver medals were Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, formerly of Loughborough College, in the 200m individual medley, and ex-Harrow College student Richard Hounslow in the canoe slalom C2 event.
James Davies (ex-Gower College Swansea) and Dan Norton (ex-Hartpury College) helped TeamGB to silver in the first ever Olympic men’s rugby sevens competition, losing out to Fiji in the gold medal match.
History was also made by former Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College student Zoe Lee, as part of the women’s eight rowing crew who claimed silver – TeamGB’s first ever medal in the event.
Loughborough College’s Dan Goodfellow hit the headlines when he, alongside Tom Daley, won bronze in the men’s synchronised 10m platform diving event.
Bronze was also won by former Loughborough student Sophie Hitchon, as she became the first TeamGB athlete to win an Olympic medal in the women’s hammer throw.
And FE’s medal haul was completed by former Oaklands College student Daryll Neita, who ran the anchor leg in the final of the women’s 4x100m relay event.
All at AoC Sport would like to extend a huge congratulations to all the medallists, coaches, support staff and all other athletes who competed in a record-breaking Olympics for TeamGB.