Friday, 16 July 2010
Members of the public are invited to come and meet Formula One legend Nigel Mansell and take part in a host of sports activities at the University of Worcester.
Nigel Mansell OBE will be stopping over at the University for the evening as part of his UK Youth Cycle Challenge, in which he is cycling 1,200 miles around the UK.
He will arrive at the University, along with his cycling companions, which include his sons Leo and Greg and former Tour de France racer Magnus Backstedt, on Saturday, July 24 at approximately 4pm.
The University will be hosting a welcome event where members of the public can meet Nigel Mansell, who was born in Upton upon Severn, have photographs taken and memorabilia signed. Plus there will be the chance to see the work of the University’s Motion & Performance Centre (MPC) and take part in activities, such as heart rate monitoring, wobble boards to monitor balance, batak walls to check reaction timing, Wii fit consoles, etc. The event starts at 3.30pm.
The MPC is a research centre delivering breakthroughs in 3D motion analysis, providing support for teaching, research, and consultancy.
Mick Donovan, Head of the University’s Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, said: “We are looking forward to showing Nigel, Magnus, and the public the work we do here in sports analysis. I am also sure that the cyclists, after a gruelling day of hard riding, will appreciate our sports therapists giving them a proper massage.”
Nigel Mansell is President of the UK Youth charity and will be promoting its ‘Positive About Youth’ campaign. The cycle challenge starts on Thursday, July 22 from Kensington Palace in London and finishes on Tuesday, August 3 at Canary Wharf.
Nigel said: “Attending the sports centre at the University of Worcester is going to be very interesting. For the last six months I have been training nearly every day and have rode thousands of miles in preparation for this challenge. The experience we had riding in London to Paris showed how critical the constant support and development of sport is.”