Rio 2016

University of Derby Athletes

Jack Burnell Rio Olympics 2016 Swimming

Jack Burnell

Marathon swimming

Graduate - HND Business and Management

Jack was the first British athlete to qualify for the open water swimming team in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games after finishing fifth in the World Championship 10km marathon swimming event in Kazan, in July 2015.

For years Jack has worked tirelessly to reach this milestone which for him was a lifelong dream.

Jack said: “It felt absolutely amazing to qualify so early; it was a huge relief and a great position to be in. As an athlete this is ‘the’ goal to aim for and for me it is my biggest achievement to date.”

“My next goal is to get an Olympic medal and then I can continue to pursue business and being an athlete.

“Going to university has strengthened who I am, it was always something I wanted to do.”

Rajiv Ouseph Team Derby Rio Olympics 2016 Badminton

Rajiv Ouseph


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Ouseph will travel to the games as Team GB’s number one singles star after a tough competitive calendar saw him qualify with relative ease ahead of the games this summer.

Speaking ahead of the games, Ouseph said: “I’m very happy to have been selected for Team GB. It has been a long, tough year in terms of tournaments but now I can concentrate on actually competing.

“I’m excited to qualify for my second Olympics having been to London 2012 and had a taste of it there. I just can’t wait to get started and travel to Rio.”

Lauren Smith Team Derby Rio Olympics 2016 Badminton

Lauren Smith


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High profile addition Lauren Smith will compete with Heather Oliver in the women’s doubles event at her first Olympic Games. The Team GB star is looking forward to finishing her remaining competitions and training before flying out to South America.

“Heather and I are playing in Canada next week, we’re all feeling really fit and in good shape so it will be nice to put it into practice on court.

“I think the team atmosphere will be really enjoyable this year, and I love watching Raj and his flair and Marcus and his speed on court. This will be a great springboard into the new NBL season.”

Marcus Ellis Team Derby Rio Olympics 2016 Badminton

Marcus Ellis


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Marcus Ellis will partner up with Chris Langridge as he aims to progress in the games. He said: “Between now and the start of the Olympics it will be fairly hectic. We’ve had a busy qualifying period so we’ve had a break recently which has put me in a good place ahead of the next seven weeks before we depart.

“It’ll be great to be in the NBL with Lauren and Raj, who I’m good friends with, and I think it’s fantastic that Team Derby are so well represented in Rio.”

Jacco Arends 


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Arends, 25 from Haarlem in the Netherlands, travels to Rio ranked 17th in the World after a solid season.

After final and semi-final appearances in the Brasil Open and the European Championships in France Arends secured enough ranking points with partner Selena Piek to qualify for this year’s Olympic Games.

Currently preparing for the Rio Olympics Arends as one of four Dutch representatives can’t wait to get started playing for Team Derby.

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Derbyshire institute of Sport

Derbyshire Institute of Sport

The University of Derby is a founding partner of the Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DiS). Inspired by London 2012, the organisation supports athletes in Derbyshire by providing funding and support them to reach their sporting potential.

Athletes competing in Rio 2016 Olympics and Rio 2016 Paralympics: