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Cheer them on! King’s Olympic hopefuls

Katherine Grainger, Frances Houghton & Annabel Vernon

King’s alumni at the 2012 Olympics

Olympic fever has well and truly reached boiling point in London. With a once-in-a-lifetime event on our doorstep, King’s College London is looking forward to what will surely be a memorable summer of sport.

Here at King’s we have a very special reason to celebrate the Games, as several members of the King’s community are competing in the Olympics and Paralympics.

Three-time Olympic silver medallist and PhD student Katherine Grainger (pictured above left) will once again compete for Team GB, in what will be her fourth Games. Grainger is also a six-time world champion rower and was awarded an MBE for services to sport in 2006.

Joining her on the rowing team will be two of her teammates from the 2008 Beijing Games who are also King’s alumnae Annie Vernon (pictured above right, MA, International Relations, 2007), and Frances Houghton (pictured above centre, Hispanic Studies, 2003).

It’s not just rowing that will see King’s alumni take part. Corinna Lawrence (Mathematics, 2009) will be competing in fencing, after overcoming an operation for tendinitis in her dominant wrist earlier this year.

Pippa Britton Olympics

With just over a month until the start of the Paralympics, some of our alumni are in the final stages of preparation for the games. Pippa Britton (pictured left, Geography 1983) has already been selected for the female archery team.

Pippa holds three world records, competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top Paralympic archers.

Hoping to join her on Team GB is rower Ryan Chamberlain (MA, Science & Security, 2011) who took up the sport after losing his left leg when he was hit by a drunk driver in Bolivia.

We wish them all the best of luck, and we hope that all King’s alumni will be cheering them on come competition time.

To find out more about King’s and its relationship to the 2012 Olympics, read our feature in the latest issue of In Touch.

Who have we missed? If you know of any other King's alumni who are competing in the 2012 Olympics, please contact us. 


In good company: other Olympic alumni

King’s College London is privileged to have a long history of elite athletes who have gone on to have great success professionally. Below are just a few. 

Joginder Dhillon (pictured right, St Thomas’, Medicine, 1971)

Dr Dhillon excelled at competitive hockey, and has strong links to the Olympic Games. He was a member of the Colonial Hockey Team at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956 and was a support runner alongside the Olympic torch in Sydney 2000. Professionally, he was an athlete care sports doctor at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.


Jo Ankier (PhD, Sports Law, 2004)

A four-time breaker of the British age record for the 300 metre steeplechase, she starred in the video for the successful London Olympic bid, running through the sights of London inspiring people to "Back the Bid" and win London the Olympic Games:


 Kieran West (MA, War Studies, 2005)

In 1999 Kieran rowed in the men’s eight team which took second place at all three regattas in the Rowing World Cup, breaking the British record on two occasions. In 2000 at the Sydney Olympics, the GB men's eight team won gold for the first time since 1912. 

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The Olympics are coming- are you prepared?

With the excitement of the Games comes the concern of staying safe.

On top of usual worries such as stolen bags or accidental injury, other, more serious threats are unfortunately a reality during many large public events. 

We encourage anyone in London this summer to remain vigilant.

To learn more about how to stay safe during the Games, check out the Olympic website

For the staff, students and alumni of King’s College London who are in the city this summer, please read the Emergency Preparedness Sheet

David Decam  Harrold Beck
David Dacam   Jim Rickett   Harold Beck



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