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29 June 2012
Hundreds wave Olympic Torch through Jubilee Campus

Staff, students and alumni thronged the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee campus to see the London 2012 Olympic torch make its way out of the city.

The torch began its journey from the historic Nottingham Castle this morning after an overnight stay in the city.  Jubilee campus was brought to a standstill as well wishers cheered the flame on its journey to Chesterfield, Matlock, Buxton and Derby.

Athletes and staff from the University’s China and Malaysia campuses, currently in Nottingham to compete in the 4th Tri Campus Games, were also lucky enough to see the flame on its way as a climax to their week-long programme of sporting events.

Three people from The University of Nottingham  carried the  Olympic Torch as it passed through the city. Research fellow Dannie Carpenter from the School of Biology was chosen alongside students Taylor Amerman from Louiseville, kentucky, USA, and Chris Hill as part of Samsung’s nomination programme for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. A fourth person, Economics student and Great Britain swimmer, Sam Van De Schootbrugge, is also carrying the torch as it travels around the UK.

A total of eight University of Nottingham alumni have now been selected for Team GB and expected to take part in London 2012. More alumni and students are awaiting the call-up in the remaining few weeks before the big event.

And many hundreds more University of Nottingham alumni have volunteered to help out at the 2012 Olympic Games: from stewards to drivers, security, ambassadors and those who are taking part in the opening and closing ceremonies.

If you’re a member of our alumni community then please let us know what you’re doing for the Games through

Yesterday, the Olympic torch relay was delayed by lightning as it travelled through Mansfield on its 41st day. After rumbling thunder faded, the relay continued in heavy rain to the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre. Team GB swimmer Rebecca Adlington OBE, who has trained regulalrly at the University of Nottingham Swimming Pool, was made an honorary graduate of the University in 2009.

The flame took in further historic sites in the county including the Major Oak tree in Sherwood Forest. The tree is estimated to be aged between 800 and 1,000 years old. On Thursday night as the flame arrived in Nottingham the final bearers were the city’s world famous figure skating stars Torvill and Dean,  who shot to fame when they won gold with perfect scores at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.

They performed a specially choreographed routine with the torch in hand at Nottingham Ice Arena before lighting a cauldron.

 See gallery of images here.

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