September 16 2014 Latest news:
Michael Bailey , London Olympics correspondent
Friday, July 20, 2012
Norwich’s Olympic medal hopeful Emma Pooley felt it was fitting to pick up an honorary degree from where she set out on the path to cycling glory.
The 29-year-old former Norwich High School for Girls pupil and Beijing silver medallist was a regular cyclist and runner around the University of East Anglia as a youngster – and on Friday morning she collected her honorary doctorate in civil law.
This month sees Pooley prepare for the road cycling events at the London Games – and after the Olympics she will finally finish her own geotechnical engineering degree at home in Zurich.
“This feels fantastic,” she said. “It’s always nice to come back to Norwich, but getting an honorary degree is really exciting.
“My PHD has been slightly protracted and hopefully I’ll get that in Zurich and do it all again, but this is a huge honour. I think when I told my supervisor she was worried I wouldn’t bother writing my thesis.
“I know it’s very different but this is pretty special and not something I ever thought I would get.”