University of Worcester Students at the Rio Olympics and Paralympics

University of Worcester Physical Education and Sports coaching student Matthew Hudson Smith will represent Great Britain in the Men’s 400m individual event and 400m relay after competing in a very successful 2016 outdoor season. Matt is no stranger to the world stage having taken gold in the men’s 4x400m relay at the Commonwealth games in Glasgow and silver at the 2014 Europeans in Zurich in the men’s 400m. If you are interested in following Matt’s progress please see the dates below;

According to the Olympic schedule Matt will compete on the following dates;

·       Friday 12th August: Men’s 400m heats (round 1) x7 heats from between 21:05 – 21:47*

·       Saturday 13th August: Men’s 400m (Semi finals) x3 from between 20:30 – 20:40*

*Matt will only compete once on both of these days

·       Sunday 14th August: Men’s 400m (Final) 22:00

·       Friday 19th August: Men’s 4x400m relay (round 1) x 2 heats from between 21:10 and 21:14

·       Saturday 20th August: Men’s 4x400m relay (Final) 22:35

Additionally three of our female students will represent Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball at the Paralympics. Graduating students Sophie Carrigill (Sport and Exercise Psychology) and Jude Hamer (Biochemistry) will guide younger student Leah Evans (Sports Coaching Science with Disability Sport) through the Paralympic games in Rio. The schedule for the Wheelchair Basketball can be found below:

·       Thursday 8th September –  Thursday 15th: Group games

·       16th & 17th September – Medal games

The Olympics have very stringent rules about how events and individual athletes are promoted. The University is restricted in publically reporting on our student’s progress in Rio during the period of the Games by the IOC’s Rule 40. This means there will be no live social media posts from any official university accounts…but please do follow their efforts and share news via your personal accounts.



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