Sheffield answers call for help from Rio Olympics organisers

Students in the new television studio at The Sheffield Colleges Hillsborough campus.
Students in the new television studio at The Sheffield Colleges Hillsborough campus.

Sheffield College students have been congratulated by an international sports organisation for playing their part in the Paralympic Games in Rio.

A group of media students and apprentices broadcast a live stream of a selection draw for the paralympics from their new television studio at the Hillsborough campus.

The draw took place to decide which countries would compete against one another in the paralympics wheelchair rugby in September, and was organised by the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation based in Canada.

The event was streamed from the college simultaneously to officials in Brazil and Canada, so the draw could be internationally verified. Representatives from the Brazilian team also took part via a Skype link.

Uriah Rennie, Sheffield’s former professional football referee, and John Timms, director of MLS Contracts Limited and an international competition manager for the IWRF, led the draw.

Matt Neale, head of learning, media and performing arts at Sheffield College, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our media students and apprentices to test their technical skills and play their part in a global sporting event.”

John Bishop, president of the IWRF, added: “I would like to thank the students for making this event a success. The facilities were excellent and we really appreciate them sharing their skills and talent with us.”