MMU-sponsored athlete Sarah Storey has become the joint greatest Paralympian of all time.
The Mancunian swimmer-turned-cyclist won her 4th Gold of London 2012 in the road race her 11th Paralympic Gold, equalling the tallies of Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and David Roberts.
Dame Tanni described Sarah’s achievement as “extraordinary”: “To have won Golds at six Games is amazing, but to have done so in two different sports is quite extraordinary,” she said.
Sarah, who is supported financially and technically by the University’s Exercise and Sport Science department, has also received an honorary degree from Manchester Metropolitan along with husband and champion cyclist Barney.
She is a frequent visitor to £10 million Sport Science Centre at the Crewe Campus, where she used out state-of-the-art environment chamber to train.
Sarah who was born with a deformed hand narrowly missed out on the GB Olympic squad.
Exercise and Sport Science at MMU Cheshire is also supporting the Paralympic GB swimming teams and Paralympic GB Football team (men) in their quest for medals in London.
Dean of MMU Cheshire Dennis Dunn said: "The University has made a substantial contribution to these Paralympic Games. Sport Science based at the Crewe campus has been the focal point of our support and I am immensely proud of our talented scientists whose contributions will do much to enhance the performance levels of the athletes they are working with.”
Manchester Metropolitan University is a leading university for the professions and a powerful driver of the North West economy.
The University educates and trains large numbers of the region’s legal and business professionals, scientists, engineers, teachers, health workers and creative professionals. It enjoys an excellent reputation for teaching and applied research and is a recognised innovator in partnership working with its local communities. The University is currently investing almost £300 million in its estate and facilities.
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