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Super Saturday for UEL run programme

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A programme set up to fast track east London’s future sports stars has channelled the spirit of London 2012 by recreating its very own Super Saturday.

The Newham High Performance Programme, run by the University of East London and funded by Newham Council, saw three athletes win medals in athletics and taekwondo on both the international and national stage, in just one day.

Victoria Ohuruogu, sister of UEL honorary and former Olympic 400m champion Christine, won gold for Great Britain in the European under-23 Championships in the 4x400m in Estonia.

Finette Agyapong became the national champion for the English Schools in the 200m with a time of 24.26 seconds, while Christian McNeish collected a bronze medal for Great Britain in the Taekwondo World University Games in South Korea.

All athletes on the programme are either born, in education or live in the Newham borough. Programme leader and UEL Strength and Conditioning Coach Richard Twine explained how important the achievements were towards the programme.

“This illustrates the depth of talent in the borough and the success that can be achieved when the talent is supported and developed in the right way.

“Ultimately we would like to attract other boroughs to form a Team East London and look to attract a commercial sponsor to help provide longevity and work towards the Stratford 2017 Athletics World Championships and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”

Notes to Editors

The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.