After Team GB returned home from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with an impressive 65 medals, positioning them in fourth place in the overall table, excitement and anticipation is building for the Paralympic Games which will kick off on Tuesday 24 August.
There has been plenty of reasons to celebrate here at the University of Birmingham, as contributing to Team GB’s Olympic success were UoB alumnae Lily Owsley MBE, Anna Toman, and Hannah Martin, who secured a bronze medal for the Women’s Hockey team after a thrilling win over India.
Their triumph comes after the sixteen-strong Great Britain team sailed through the qualifying heats, with two additional UoB alumnae, Sarah Evans and Amy Costello, also being selected as P-Accredited reserves. Congratulations ladies, your performances are a testament to the strength of hockey, and sport overall, at the University of Birmingham.
Also flying the flag for Team GB and UoB at the Games was current second-year Chemistry student, Oliver Dustin, who competed in the men’s 800m. We are very much looking forward to welcoming Oliver back to the University in September!
As we look ahead to the Paralympic Games, the success of his peers will no doubt have been a great motivation for current UoB PhD student Ali Jawad, who will compete for Team GB in the Paralympic powerlifting event. This will be Ali’s fourth Paralympics!
Joining Ali in Tokyo will be Physiotherapy graduate Alison Peasgood and her guide Nikki Bartlett who graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2009 and 2008 respectively. Alison will no doubt be hoping to replicate her success in Rio 2016 where she won a silver medal for her performance in the Paratriathlon event.
Alumna Laura Sugar has also been selected as part of Team GB’s Paracanoe squad, which is a huge achievement for the UoB graduate, who only made her debut season in 2019.
Finally, we’ll certainly be cheering on Physiotherapy graduate and world champion cyclist, Lora Fachie MBE, as she competes in her third Paralympic Games.
Commenting on the University of Birmingham’s competing athletes, Director of Sport Andy Allford, said:
‘’We are so proud to have had such a significant representation at the Olympic and Paralympic Games as it’s a real testament to the continued sporting heritage at UoB. It has certainly made everyone at UoB very excited to tune in to the Paralympics next week and once again cheer on some of our own. We wish them the very best of luck!’’