Lord Coe: Loughborough's Olympian Chancellor
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Sebastian Coe graduated from Loughborough University in 1979 and has been nominated as the University’s Chancellor, takeing up his role officially in July.
Lord Coe won Gold and Silver in both the 1980 Moscow Olympics and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. He’s been a British sporting icon ever since and will be the university’s sixth chancellor.
His two golds in ’80 and ’84 both came in the 1500m, with the silver medals coming in the 800m. His record of sporting excellence makes him the perfect fit for Loughborough, who were recently declared the World’s best university for sport in the global QS rankings for higher education. The English university came joint-first alongside the University of Sydney, Australia.
Having previously sat as a Member of Parliament and having now taken his place in the House of Lords, Coe is well accustomed to positions of authority and will be a fitting figurehead for Loughborough’s ambitions to continue their sporting excellence.
Speaking to Loughborough University’s online sports news outlet Lord Coe said:
“Loughborough University seems to have been part of my life for about as long as I remember. Whilst my love of athletics started in school it was at Loughborough that I began to realise my full potential… Since that time Loughborough has gained a pre-eminent position as a global leader in higher education, teaching and research. It also prides itself on creating an environment where students are able to develop their talents in and out of the lecture theatre that better prepares them for life beyond university.”
With years of BUCS domination behind them and a big sporting gap to close for competitors Nottingham, Durham and Edinburgh, Coe’s appointment is a suitable expression of Loughborough’s intention to keep fighting off the competition.