Double Olympic silver medalist Louis Smith MBE visited the Bullring yesterday to launch a new suite of sports and life science degree courses that are being offered at Birmingham City University.
The team GB gymnast, who picked a silver medal at the Rio games yesterday took part in a day of sports and health activities that showcased the knowledge students will gain on the new courses, which launch this month.
The day was filled with surprises as visitors to the city were also entertained by flash mob style performance from the BCU Tiger Cheerleaders and the BCU Bhangra Society.
Members of the public also had the opportunity to challenge the former Strictly Come Dancing Champion, using state-of-the-art equipment in an attempt to beat his reaction time and cycling power.
The launch of the new courses marks the first time that the university has offered degrees and post-graduate qualifications including Sports Therapy and Biomedical Engineering.
Louis was also given a tour of the university’s Edgbaston campus, where he was show the site where a new £41million building is being constructed to house the new courses. Louis
I couldn’t have made it to the Rio Olympics without the network of professionals I had working with, and supporting me.
The building in Westbourne Road will be equipped with a suite of laboratories, as well as ultrasound facilities and specialist training rooms. Louis added:
Now that I’m getting older in the sport, all these areas and the people putting in hours of graft to get us to where we are, are even more important.
Once construction work is completed at the University will be offering services to members of the public such as sports therapy and nutrition advice.
Professor John Deane, Head of School of Allied and Public Health Professions, at Birmingham City University, said:
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Top athletes rely on the support of sports and science professionals to make the most of their talents and hopefully we can start to see some of our graduates take up that mantle in the future.