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Newcastle alumni selected to represent Team GB at Tokyo Olympics

Newcastle alumni selected to represent Team GB at Tokyo Olympics

19 July 2021

Four former Newcastle University graduates are among the 376-strong Team GB competing in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

James Rudkin joined Newcastle University in 2012 to study BA Politics and History and stayed on with us to study History at a postgraduate level. He will be representing Team GB as part of the Rowing team in Tokyo, with his competition starting on 23 July.

James will be joined by his former Newcastle University Boat Club (NUBC) teammate Tom Ford in Team GB’s men’s eight, while Tom’s sister Emily, who is also a Newcastle alum, will compete for Team GB in the women’s eight. All three captained NUBC teams during their time at university.

Harry Glover graduated with a BA in Politics in 2019 and is heading to Tokyo to compete in the Rugby sevens squad. Harry also represents England at a national level and was part of Newcastle University’s Rugby Football Club whilst a student.

In total, Team GB have selected 376 athletes, and a further 22 reserve athletes, to compete across 26 sports in Japan this summer, making history as the largest ever delegation for an Olympic Games on foreign soil.

For the very first time at a summer Olympic Games, Team GB will have more female than male athletes with 201 women and 175 men making up the squad.

The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, officially start on 23 July with the Opening Ceremony being held at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. The Olympics ends on 8 August, with the Paralympics beginning shortly afterwards on 24 August.

The Games were postponed last year due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and the revised dates will see athletes competing without a crowd as Japan declared a state of emergency in the capital city of Tokyo due to rising COVID-19 cases.

Best of luck to James, Tom, Emily and Harry in Tokyo this summer!