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Bristol University integral to Olympic success

15 August 2012

Current students, staff and alumni impacted the London 2012 Olympic games not only in sport, but in delivering press operations, design and dancing.

At the London 2012 Olympic games, current students, staff and alumni had a significant impact not only in sport but in delivering press operations, design and dancing. Over the past few weeks, a total of five medals were won by Bristol alumni and students: Laura Bechtolsheimer (BSc 2007), won gold in the dressage team and an individual bronze, sailor Hannah Mills won a silver in the women’s 470 sailing with partner Saskia Clark, fellow sailor Iain Percy (BSc 1998) won a silver medal, and hockey player Georgie Twigg (BA 2012) helped the women’s GB hockey team win a bronze.

There was a great effort from other alumni too: Vittoria Panizzon (BSc 2005) who represented Italy in equestrian eventing and came 11th overall, hurdler Lawrence Clarke (BA 2011) who managed to come fourth in the finals, and Claire Hallissey (PhD 2011) who ran the marathon in a time of 2.35.39 handing her a 57th place finish in the event. Find out more about all Olympic participants and their journeys on the main University pages.

Further congratulations go to the Bristol students, staff, and alumni who have been hard at work ensuring that the games were a success for all spectators. This includes Es Devlin (BA 1993) who was the designer of the hugely successful closing ceremony that also featured the student Rag Morris dancers accompanying Eric Idle. At the end of the closing ceremony there was a fitting tribute to all volunteers who were integral to the success of the Games, some of which included some of our very own Bristol University members of staff who volunteered many hours of their time.

Throughout the Olympic Games, press coverage was also a great success. No doubt in part due to Jayne Pearce-McMenamin (BA 1986) who is Head of Press Operations for the Olympic Games 2012. You can find an in depth interview with her in the last issue of Nonesuch.

Thank you to all our staff, alumni and students who made the Olympics and Bristol University something to be proud of. Here in the alumni office we’ll be looking forward to the Paralympics with equal excitement. If any alumni are taking part please do get in touch with us at