St Mary’s is one of the leading sporting institutions in the UK and has a long history of developing elite athletes, many of whom competed in the London 2012 Olympic Games. They include Mo Farah, Matt Wells, Rebecca Romero, Olympic Bronze rower Moe Sbihi, 800m Olympic finalist Andrew Osagie, current student and 1500m Olympic semi-finalist Ross Murray, and quadruple Gold Paralympian David Weir.
On Wednesday 5th December 2012, St Mary’s University, Twickenham inducted double Olympic Gold medallist Mo Farah and Beijing Olympic Bronze medallist Matt Wells into its Hall of Fame for Sport.The pair were inducted into the St Mary’s Hall of Fame for Sport during an Olympic celebration dinner, held at the University’s Strawberry Hill campus.
The event was held to mark St Mary’s involvement in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and as an opportunity to thank the London Marathon for the continued support of St Mary’s Endurance Performance and Coaching Centre (EPACC). They join double Olympic medallist Rebecca Romero and London Marathon Race Director Dave Bedford, who were the first to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.
Inducted on 5th December 2012
10,000 and 5,000 metres - Olympic Gold medallist
Former student Mo Farah lived and trained at St Mary’s for 10 years before relocating to the USA in 2011 and secured Gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m events at London 2012. He was the first British man to win two Olympic track and field titles at the same Games since 1924 and is one of the best British male distance runners of all time.
Rowing - Beijing Olympic Bronze medallist
Matt Wells studied at St Mary’s and was an active participant in the University’s sporting community during his time as a student. He won a Bronze double sculls Olympic medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and is credited with leading the resurgence in British men’s sculling.
Inducted on 27th October 2011
Rebecca Romero MBE
Rowing and cycling - double Olympic medallist
Rebecca Romero studied Sport Science at St Mary’s and was a member of the University’s rowing team. She is a double Olympic medallist after securing silver in quadruple sculls in Athens 2004 and a cycling Gold in the individual pursuit in Beijing 2008.
10,000 metres - world record holder
David Bedford is a former 10,000m world record holder and up until 2012 was race director for the Virgin London Marathon, which is a partner in St Mary’s highly successful Endurance Performance and Coaching Centre (EPACC).