Swansea features in London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camp Guide
Swansea University has been included within the Pre-Games Training Camp Guide for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, for the Olympic sports of Athletics, Hockey, and Triathlon.
The Guide will feature more than 600 high quality elite sporting facilities right across the UK, which will give teams and individual athletes a great selection of venues from which they can choose to prepare for the Games.
The Guide will be circulated to all National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and National Paralympic Committees (NPCs). These organisations will then decide where they base themselves, or where to send individual athletes to prepare and acclimatise for London 2012.
Professor John Baylis, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Human Resources), who also has a remit for Sport at Swansea University, said: "We are delighted that the University could potentially provide training facilities for athletes competing in the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, for the sports of Athletics, Hockey, and Triathlon.
"Swansea is a true sporting university, providing superb facilities and opportunities whatever an athlete's level. This is why we feel we have secured our place within London 2012’s Pre-Games Training Camp Guide.
"We are pleased the Australian Paralympic swimming team will be based in south Wales and have already committed to training at the Wales National Pool. There is also no doubt that the close proximity of the Wales National Pool and the University’s Sports Centre to the on-site campus accommodation, now totalling over 1,000 rooms, proved very attractive to the team's officials.
"It is likely that the Wales National Pool will bid for Intensive Training Centre status, to become one of only five or six such facilities in the UK, which will make the facility even more attractive to world-class athletic teams, such as the Australians.
"We also hope that our cutting-edge interdisciplinary Sports Science research, which already benefits a number of visiting national teams and athletes from a variety of sporting backgrounds, will also be of interest to south Wales-based Olympic and Paralympic athletes competing in 2012.
Swansea University's modern sports centre is a short walk from campus and includes the Uni-Gym, a newly equipped fitness centre with over 80 stations, a multi-purpose sports hall, squash courts, climbing wall, physiotherapy and sports massage unit. We also have outdoor facilities including six tennis courts, rugby, football, lacrosse and cricket pitches.
The University's sports facilities are further boosted with a new Sports Village housing an athletics track, two water-based all weather pitches and an indoor training centre for athletes.
The Sports Village is also home to the Wales National Pool, which includes a 50-metre pool and a 25-metre warm-up pool.
Swansea University also offers Sports Scholarships, worth £3,000 over the duration of a degree, which are awarded to talented young men and women who have the potential to become world-class.
For more information about Sport at Swansea University, visit Sports Swansea.