8 Open University Students in Team GB

Eight OU students are members of Team GB in the 2012 Olympics

Student Naomi Folkard is competing in archery. She is joined in the Olympic team by seven other OU students who are: hockey player Alex Danson; synchronised swimmer Katie Dawkins; badminton player Imogen Bankier; table tennis player Liam Pitchford; cyclist Dani King; water polo player Rosie Morris; Naomi Folkard who is competing in archery; and equestrian dressage competitor Debbie Criddle, who is taking part in the Paralympics.

The OU has issued a media release in which Director of Students Will Swann describes the students as ‘great ambassadors for their university and their country’.

The article: OU wishes students well in their sporting efforts in London 2012 gives more information about the individual students.

OU student involved in Red Arrows display

OU mathematics student Martin Pert was a member of the RAF Red Arrows team which flew over the Olympic stadium as a curtain-raiser to Friday’s opening ceremony. Podium has the full story.

AL Julie sees son light Olympic cauldron

Open University Associate Lecturer Dr Julie Robson was among the six promising young British sports people who lit the Olympic cauldron at the London 2012 opening ceremony.

Callum Airlie, from Berwickshire, also celebrated his seventeenth birthday on Friday.

Callum, a two-time Optimist UK sailing champion, had been nominated for his starring role by double Olympic sailing gold medal winner Shirley Robertson and was handed the Olympic flame by Sir Steve Redgrave.

Julie later told the BBC the event was beyond description.

“Proud does not touch it,” she said.

“I think I will watch it a couple of times to know that it was not a dream and it was him.”

Hours after the ceremony Callum flew to Austria to take part in a sailing competition

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