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Gold Medal for Sports Student but Disappointment for Blind Footballers

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There were mixed fortunes for Worcester students, graduates and staff at this week’s Paralympic Games.

HND Sports Performance and Coaching student Mickey Bushell scooped a Gold medal in the T53 100m sprint, setting a new Paralympic record of 14.75 seconds.

Mickey, who has been studying at Telford College of Arts and Technology, one of the University’s partner colleges, stormed his way to victory in the event.

University of Worcester Senior Lecturer Glyn Harding, who also taught Mickey’s mentor, former Paralympian Deborah Brennan when she too was a student at Telford, said: “It’s a fantastic win for Mickey. He has put a lot of time and effort in to his training, with support from both Worcester and Telford staff, so we’re all delighted to see him take Gold.”

Meanwhile, there was disappointment for Great Britain’s blind football squad, who crashed out of the Games in the Group stages. 

The squad, which included two members of staff and two graduates of the University of Worcester, managed good draws against Spain (1-1) and Argentina (0-0), in the first two group games, which meant they needed to win their final group game by two clear goals to go through to the Semi Finals.

But a packed crowd saw Great Britain concede an early penalty from Paralympics newcomers, Iran, who are the current International Blind Sports Association (IBSA) World Games Champions.

University of Worcester Sports Coaching Science lecturer David Mycock, who is the team’s Assistant Coach, said: “It was really disappointing. We put a lot of time and hard work into training and preparing, so to be knocked out during the group stages was a bitter blow. But the lads tried their best and should be very proud of themselves. It was a tough group with some of the world’s best players.”

Players included University staff member Will Norman and Worcester graduates Keryn Seal and Lewis Skyers.