Commonwealth Games success for students

8th August 2014

Four students from Sheffield Hallam University have won a total of six medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Rebecca Turner, Ellie Faulkner, Daniel Reed and Jessica Taylor - bagged two silver and four bronze medals in swimming, table tennis and athletics. Ten of the University's students were selected to represent England and Wales in a number of sports, including athletics, swimming, hockey, table tennis and weightlifting. Student Jessica Taylor, 25, won bronze for England in the heptathlon. She said: "It's an incredible feeling to have a Commonwealth Games bronze medal. My ambition coming in was just to try for a personal best and see where that got me. To win a medal is just beyond my wildest dreams. I was just happy to get selected and have the chance to compete!" Swimmer and sport development with coaching student Ellie Faulkner, 21, won bronze in the 4x200m freestyle relay with team-mate and fellow student Rebecca Turner. Ellie previously represented Team GB in the London 2012 Olympic Games, competing in the 800m freestyle. Ellie said: -It was great to be a part of the Commonwealth Games with so many other Sheffield Hallam students, and I'm really happy that I won a medal. The Games were a fantastic experience, and I'm so proud to have been part of such a successful team. -The training and support I've had at Sheffield Hallam have been invaluable in helping me prepare for this tournament. Psychology student Daniel Reed won a silver medal for England in the men's table tennis team event, and a bronze in the mixed doubles against the top seeds from Singapore. As part of the England Table Tennis team, he worked with sport scientists from the University's Centre for Sport and Exercise Science on strength and conditioning in the run-up to, and during, the Games. The training paid off, with England Table Tennis winning one gold medal, two silver medals, and two bronze medals in total. Other Sheffield Hallam students selected for the Commonwealth Games were Joe Dunderdale in javelin (England), Michael Shaw for hockey (Wales), Gareth Long for Hockey (Wales), Chris Freebury in weightlifting (England), Nick Grainger for swimming (England) and Max Litchfield for swimming (England). All of the students regularly represent Sheffield Hallam in the British Universities and Colleges Sports league, and compete in the annual Sheffield Varsity competition between the city's two universities.

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