Posted on 07/11/2011
GB rower Jessica Eddie with her donated team kit.
A display featuring an Olympic themed mosaic and a collection of framed and signed GB team kit from elite sporting alumni has been unveiled at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Top athletes, including Olympic rower Rodrigo Ideus, Paralympic dressage rider Sophie Christiansen and Olympic canoeist Anna Hemmings, have donated a piece of international kit for the display in the College’s Windsor Building, which also includes a mosaic, designed by volunteers as part of National Student Volunteering Week.
The Olympic display was unveiled at the annual STARS awards evening, which celebrated current and past sporting successes and marked the College’s role as the Rowing and Canoe Sprint athletes village at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Student Talented Athlete Recognition Scheme (STARS) was launched in 1996 to support elite athletes during their time studying at the College. STARS has so far supported several Olympians and more than 100 athletes with world and national rankings.
Mark Hyndman, Sports Development Executive, said: “I am delighted to see the frames displayed in the Windsor building especially since I have had the opportunity to work with all of the alumni who have donated kit. They are all truly inspirational people who are a credit to the College. The display will hopefully inspire STARS students to reach their full potential and one day their kit could also be displayed on these walls. Further, with the Olympics only a matter of months away and the College being one of just three Olympic Villages, we hope the display will start to generate an Olympic buzz around campus.”