UCP Marjon are delighted to announce that members of the Ghana Olympic team will be staying at the institution in Derriford Road this summer. A number of athletes that have qualified will be completing their pre-London training at the University College’s state of the art gymnasium and sports science laboratory as well as benefitting from additional support in the sports therapy clinic. Three have already qualified in athletics and there are another 20 hopefuls in track and field events. There are four relay teams that are expected to qualify. Ten competitors are currently training in Morocco and are hoping to qualify in the boxing.
Michael Nunoo (also known as Nii Adote Din Barima 1 Second Vice-President of the GOC Chef de Mission for the 2012 Olympic Games) arrived on campus on Friday to meet with senior UCP Marjon staff members to firm up their stay and discuss the requirements of the team.
Officials from the Ghana team will be liaising with sports specialists at the University College to ensure the competitors receive the best nutrition.
The athletes will be here from the 4th July for three weeks and will liaise with health and fitness experts at UCP Marjon as well as receiving assistance from the students. There will also be a welcome event to greet the team members in early July.
Stan Cinnamond, Director of Sport said “This is going to be a very exciting cultural exchange for staff and students at UCP Marjon. We are really pleased that Ghana chose the facilities of UCP Marjon over other very respected Universities in other larger cities. We will aim to make their stay as welcoming and enjoyable as possible and wish them the very best of luck in all their sporting events.”
Michael Nunoo said “ I am delighted that we are going to be coming to UCP Marjon and would like to thank both the staff at the University College and the Ghana link for making us so welcome.”
Former UCP Marjon student and Commonwealth Games double medallist Katherine Endcaott has also been offered the use of the sports therapy and sports science lab facilities at the University College in her hopes to qualify for the Olympics in London.
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