LJMU announced as Podium Awards Medallist

10 April 2012

LJMU has been nominated for two Podium Awards for research projects taking place at the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

The Awards are a prestigious one-off celebration recognising the vital role colleges and universities across the UK have played in delivering the London 2012 Games. The 'Perceptual-cognitive mechanisms underpinning expert performance in Olympic shooting' has been shortlisted in the Gold Category for the 'RCUK Council Award for Exceptional Research Contribution'. Additionally 'Face to Face with Sports Science' is one of the select few projects to have been awarded a Bronze Medal for the Get Set Award for Inspiring Outstanding Learning through the London 2012 Games.

Image of montage shooting at clay pigeon and focussing eyeThe 'RCUK Council Award for Exceptional Research Contribution' Gold nomination is for a project based at the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences (RISES), in the Expert Performance and Skill Acquisition group. The research group conducted a three year research project in collaboration with British Shooting to improve the performance of elite athletes. LJMU set out to capture expert performance in shotgun shooting for the first time, so to develop systematic, empirically-based training interventions to improve performance of Olympic level athletes as well as sub-elite and grass-roots level performers. Results from the latest studies have demonstrated an improvement in athletes performance of around 8%. It is hoped that this research will have a significant impact on the ability for Team GB to win medals and gain podium places.

This announcement of the Bronze Medal success for Face to Face with Sports Science comes just after the project was rolled out to schools and members of the public, bringing London 2012 to the North West. Supported by the Wellcome Trust and a Royal Society Partnership Grant, the purpose of 'Face to Face with Sports Science' is to expose people to key scientific and technological developments in Sports and Exercise Science in a hands-on and accessible manner. The project uses a range of activities, to show the science involved with the most advanced training methods, techniques and equipment used by the world's leading athletes and coaches, including those taking part in the London 2012 Olympic Games. The project opened in the Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester in March and will be at the Liverpool World Museum on 23 June.

The Podium Awards received over 200 nominations from across the UK. The event will be attended by Government Ministers, Olympians and Paralympians . The evening will be hosted by Rick Edwards, presenter of Channel Four’s That Paralympic Show and will also feature Paul Deighton, Chief Executive of London 2012 as one of the keynote speakers.

The Awards are due to be held at Forman's Fish Island on Thursday 3 May.

Face to Face with Sports Science exhibit dates for the general public (admission is free):

  • Saturday 23 June, Liverpool World Museum
  • Saturday 7 July, Liverpool World Museum
  • Saturday 20 October, Museum of Science and Industry

For further information about Face to Face with Sports Science please visit: www.ljmu.ac.uk/f2fss 121189
twitter: @f2fss

Further information on the Podium Awards is available here: http://www.podiumawards2012.com/

For further information on the RISES Expert Performance and Skill Acquisition group please visit: http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/sps/RISES/115267.htm

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