Proud to be NTU at the Commonwealth Games 2014

The 2014 Commonwealth Games saw a wealth of athletes travel to Glasgow, to compete in one of the biggest sporting events in the world. With a number of sports to compete in, NTU was highly represented by students, staff and alumni too.

Across the competition NTU had entrants in Hockey, Table Tennis and Athletics. NTU Sports Volunteering Officer, Natalie Broom also took part in the games but from a different perspective, joining the workforce of 15,000 volunteers and 1,400 staff members.

NTU Scholar Alice Loveridge was selected to represent her home country, Guernsey in the sport of Table Tennis.

Competing in the singles and women's doubles and speaking before the games Alice shared her aspirations, "Hopefully I can progress further than I did in 2010 but I think it all depends on the draw. I am proud to be representing my island and I hope, as always, to perform to the very best of my ability."

Alice got off to a flying start, winning her first three matches, however she narrowly missed out on a win against Canada's Mo Zhang in the second round, signalling the end of her time at the Games.

NTU's Hockey Scholars, Ollie Willars and alumnus Adam Dixon, also put up a fight for gold for England, as they reached the quarter finals of the Games.

The boys performed beyond expectations by storming into the quarter finals to face New Zealand, and the final score of 4-2 saw England step up to the podium, to receive a bronze medal.

Speaking after the game, Head Coach Bobby Crutchly said, "The team has improved so much in the last couple of years and now we've got something tangible to show for it and that's really exciting for the future."

Representing Wales, and also in the sport of Hockey, former NTU Sports Scholar James Kyriakides helped the team secure 11th place out of 20.

Staff member Laura Wake, NTU Sport's Strength and Conditioning Coach, stepped up to the line to compete in the Women's 400m hurdles in the Athletics competition.

Her first appearance in a multi-sport games meant her nerves were running high with little knowledge of what to expect. "I went to the games to make the most of the experience and gain better knowledge of how to compete in a games environment. The atmosphere was brilliant with so many British supporters in the crowd."

Laura raced her way into the semi-final, only narrowly missing out on a medal and coming in 5th in her final race. She said: "It was mixed emotions afterwards as I thoroughly enjoyed racing in a huge packed stadium, but as an athlete you nearly always want to do better."

Working as the Mixed Zone Team Manager for the Triathlon and Diving competitions, NTU Sport staff member, Natalie Broom, oversaw the press area, looking after the welfare of both the athletes and press members whilst in the zone. She described her time at the games: "The whole atmosphere in Glasgow was brilliant, there was a real buzz around the city and the games and that could really be seen in everyone. I'm genuinely really proud to say I was part of it."

NTU would like to congratulate of all our staff, students and alumni on their hard work and dedication. We really are proud to be NTU.

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Proud to be NTU at the Commonwealth Games 2014

Published on 6 October 2014
  • Category: Sport

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