Badminton Star Becomes University Ambassador

26 May 2011

Donna Kellogg

Sportswoman Donna Kellogg MBE.

I'm delighted to welcome Donna to Team Derby. It reflects how serious the University is about sport 

University Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Coyne.

Team Derby, Hari Punchihewa and Donna Kellogg.

(Left to right) Hari Punchihewa (Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director), Donna Kellogg, Ollie Shearer (Sport Development Manager) with members of Team Derby's Badminton Squad.

A British badminton star is using her extensive experience and achievements to raise the profile and quality of sport at the University of Derby after becoming its Sports Ambassador.

During an impressive career, Donna Kellogg MBE, who hails from Spondon, Derbyshire, represented Great Britain in the women's and mixed badminton doubles in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics, had a career world ranking of fourth, won 11 English National titles as well as Commonwealth Games and European Gold Medals. She was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2010 for services to badminton.

Donna will be using the experience she gained at the top of her sport to drive the development of badminton and other sports at the University through Team Derby.

University Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Coyne, said: "I'm delighted to welcome Donna to Team Derby. It reflects how serious the University is about sport.

"We want to increase participation, identify emerging talent and become increasingly competitive. We know that Donna, an elite performer, will be an inspiration to everyone within the University and the community she works with in this role."

Donna, who gained a BSc in Physical Education from Loughborough University before embarking on her badminton career said: "I'm really excited about working with the University, helping its teams and individuals in their pursuit of sporting excellence in the British Universities and Colleges Sport and beyond it.

"With lots of students studying on sport programmes, some fantastic facilities and a focus on sport through the new Team Derby brand there is a real opportunity to attract sporting talent to Derby and increase levels of participation and achievement," she added.

Ollie Shearer, Sport Development Manager said: "Donna will be a fantastic ambassador for the University and addition to the team, and as Head Coach of the student badminton teams we know she will bring her skills and experience to drive the sport forward."

Find out more about the University's sports degree programmes and for more information on extra curricular sport at the University of Derby visit website www.teamderby.com

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