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Olympic-inspired challenge reaches grand final


Student athletes at Robert Gordon University (RGU) will compete for glory in the grand final of a London 2012-affiliated sports challenge today (Monday 16 April).

Fourteen student sport stars will battle it out for the title of ‘RGU’s Greatest Athlete’ in today’s final which marks the end of a four-heat multisport challenge held within the University’s RGU: SPORT facility.

Originally launched in November 2011, the challenge has seen contestants pit their skills against one another and test their endurance across a range of disciplines. The previous heats have seen them compete in nine challenges including cycling, rowing, basketball and table tennis.

Today’s final will kick off at 1pm with a beep test, followed by a rock-climbing challenge and obstacle course before concluding with a swimming final at 3pm. North-east Olympian and RGU: SPORT Scholar Hannah Miley, who launched the challenge at the end of last year, will present the ‘Greatest Athlete’ with his or her title at a poolside awards ceremony at 3.45pm.

‘RGU’s Greatest Athlete’ aims to support the UK-wide campaign to increase grass root participation in sport and improve the performance of athletes. Upon its launch, the programme was granted the London 2012 Inspire mark - the badge of the London 2012 Inspire programme which recognises exceptional and innovative projects inspired by the 2012 Games. 

Keeping the Olympic ethos of participation and inclusion at its core, a series of festivals have run parallel to the central challenge. Members of the university and local communities have taken part in three individual festivals focusing on swimming, dance and wheelchair basketball.   

President of Sport and Physical Activity Nicola Scott has led the volunteer team behind RGU’s Greatest Athlete. She commented:

“My colleagues and I would like to congratulate all contestants of the challenge across the last six months. The programme has been a fantastic way for us to engage with the central themes of the Olympics and explore what these mean from the ground level up. The dedication of all involved in ‘Greatest Athlete’ - from the athletes, to the volunteers and to the festival participants – has been exemplary and their efforts have really helped bring the excitement of London 2012 to the city.” 

Media opportunity

There will be an opportunity to photograph the winner of RGU’s Greatest Athlete as they are presented their award by Hannah Miley at 3.30pm on Monday 16 April at RGU: SPORT on the university’s Garthdee campus.

Members of the media should meet volunteer Melissa Hutcheon at the main reception just prior to the media opportunity.

To find out more about RGU’s Greatest Athlete please contact Nicola Scott on 01224 263666 or ext.scott7@rgu.ac.uk.

Notes to editors

  • About the Inspire programme: The Inspire programme is run by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. It is an opportunity for everyone to be a part of the London 2012 Games – a broad participation programme spanning sport participation, education, sustainability, volunteering, and business opportunities & culture. New opportunities are being created to inspire young people and encourage the whole of the UK to join in. The Inspire programme has awarded over 1,400 different projects the Inspire mark.
  • RGU: SPORT is Robert Gordon University’s £11 million state-of-the-art sports facility which features a 25m swimming pool, three gyms, a climbing wall and bouldering room, café bar, three exercise studios and a vast sports hall. The facility was established in 2005 to improve the sporting infrastructure available for the region and to act as a social hub for the University’s Garthdee campus.

Issued by:

Andrew Youngson
Communications Officer | Faculty of Health and Social Care
Robert Gordon University
Schoolhill
Aberdeen
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262389
Email: a.c.youngson@rgu.ac.uk