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University of Westminster helps Paralympic athlete break world record

Biomedical Sciences 6 September 2011

Since March 2010 the School of Life Sciences have been working with Tim Prendergast, New Zealand Paralympian, helping him with his training and fitness assessment in the University’s innovative fitness consultancy laboratory.

Tim’s illustrious career has spanned over thirteen years, the highlights being his gold medal for New Zealand at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games over 800m and two silver medals won at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games.

Over the last 18 months Dr Richard Mackenzie and Tim have developed a strategy to help Tim develop his aerobic and metabolic capacity; including an intermittent hypoxic exposure program. The aim of this strategy was to improve Tim’s aerobic capacity through ensuring that his training was both effective and efficient. The work paid off in August 2010 when Tim broke the World Record for the 1500m clocking a time of 3mins 51secs and he continues to see the benefits.

You can see Tim undergoing some fitness assessments at the University as part of Channel 4’s online build up to the London 2012 Paraylmpic Games here:

View Tim’s Channel 4 profile here.

In September 2012 Tim will be embarking on his fourth Paralympic Games, running in both the 800m and 1500m events for partially blind runners (T13 class) and he sees the University of Westminster as a key partner in his preparation. “I am most grateful for the University’s support”, says Tim. “Having access to the expertise of Dr Mackenzie, as well as the state of the art human performance equipment at the University of Westminster means that a key component of my preparations for London 2012 is taken care of.” 

The University wishes Tim all the best in 2012.


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