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Winning Students Highlights April 2017

5 May 2017
University of Stirling swimmer, Kathleen Dawson, has been selected for the GB team that will travel to the FINA World Championships in Budapest this summer after winning two silver medals at the British Championships - pic by Georgie Kerr/British Swimming

University of Stirling swimmer, Kathleen Dawson, has been selected for the GB team that will travel to the FINA World Championships in Budapest this summer after winning two silver medals at the British Championships - pic by Georgie Kerr/British Swimming

Another successful month has seen Winning Students athletes put in strong performances at national and European level, resulting in a number of international call-ups for our scholars.

Here are some of the top highlights from April…

Badminton

UK number one and University of Stirling student, Kirsty Gilmour, carried on her winning ways at the Orleans International in France before narrowly losing out at the European Championship in Kolding, Denmark, where she finished second to Olympic champion, Carolina Marin of Spain.

Elsewhere, Alex Dunn (University of Strathclyde) and fellow Winning Students scholar Adam Hall (The Open University in Scotland) continued their good form into April, reaching the semi-finals of the men’s doubles at the Dutch International 2017. Reaching the last four finished a successful month for Dunn in particular as he also won silver at the European Junior Championships in France with partner Eleanor O’Donnell.

Canoeing

Eilidh Gibson (University of Edinburgh) has been selected for this year’s Senior and U23 GB team after an excellent third place finish at the British Selection Trials at Lee Valley. Gibson now looks forward to competing in the upcoming Senior European Championship and Senior and U23 World Championships.

Gibson’s fellow Winning Students canoeing scholar Sophie Ogilvie (Forth Valley College) also enjoyed a successful trials event at Lee Valley, being selected for the U23 European Championships later this summer. This followed second and third place finishes at the National Premier ranking event at Grandtully at the start of the month.

Curling

Greg Drummond (Edinburgh Napier University) came sixth at the world men’s championships as part of Team Murdoch, which was representing Scotland after winning the national title last month.

Meanwhile, as part of Team Smith, led by former Winning Student Kyle Smith, Kyle Waddell (University of Stirling) and Cammy Smith (Scotland’s Rural College) won the European Masters tournament in St Gallen, Switzerland, before rounding off a successful month by reaching the semi-final at the Players’ Championship, Grand Slam of Curling event, in Toronto where they lost out to the eventual winners.

Sophie Jackson (University of the West of Scotland) won the inaugural Scottish junior mixed doubles championships with partner Ross Whyte after defeating fellow Winning Students curler Naomi Brown (Edinburgh College) and partner Euan Kyle in the final.

Football

Erin Clachers, Chelsea Cornet, Samantha Kerr (all Edinburgh College), Erin Cuthbert (University of the West of Scotland) and Cailin Michie (University of Edinburgh) were part of the Scotland U19 squad that qualified for this summer’s UEFA Women’s U19 European Championship after winning all three matches at the Elite Round in Ireland.

In the senior side, Lizzie Arnot (Edinburgh Napier University) and Kirsty Smith (Heriot-Watt University) were selected for the Women’s A squad for the International Challenge match against Belgium.

Golf

It was an exceptionally successful April for Winning Students golfers with numerous individual and team titles claimed throughout the month.

Chloe Goadby started off April representing Scotland at the European Nations Cup at Sotogrande in Spain. Leading after the first two rounds, Goadby couldn’t quite maintain the pressure on rivals but finished in a very respectable ninth place at one of the more prestigious amateur events.

At Moray Golf Club, Jordan Sundborg, Laird Shepherd and Chris Maclean were part of the dominant University of Stirling team who won the Scottish Student Championships Team Match Play. The weekend also saw Sinead Sexton defeat Gemma Batty (both University of Stirling) in the final of the Women’s Singles Match Play event. Fellow Stirling and Winning Students scholar Jennifer Saxton also had a good weekend, being narrowly pipped by Batty in the semi-final.

At the BUCS Tour Finals at the Prince's Golf Club, Sandwich, some fabulous golf by postgraduate student Sexton saw her win the tournament by an incredible 14 shots with an overall score of -24. It was also a clean sweep for Winning Students as Batty, Tara Mactaggart (University of Stirling) and Goadby ensured Stirling took home the top four places. Batty’s second place finish brought further glory as she claimed the overall Order of Merit title after another excellent BUCS season.

In the men’s event, George Burns (University of St Andrews) topped the Winning Students entrants with a third place finish while Shepherd was close behind in fourth, which helped him secure third in the season-long Order of Merit. Stirling teammate Chris Maclean followed him in fourth.

The other main tournament in April was the R&A Foundation Scholars Tournament at St Andrews, with the University of Stirling golfers putting in more strong displays as Sundborg finished second and Shepherd fifth in the men’s competition while Sexton (second), Goadby (third), Batty and Mactaggart (joint fifth) performed well in the women’s event.

Hockey

The University of Dundee’s sportsperson of the year, Ben Cosgrove, David Forrester and Daniel Coultas (both University of Edinburgh), who were part of the Scotland team that finished third at the Hockey World League 2 in Belfast, learned they had qualified for the World League semi–finals in London in June after other results went their way. They will now play for a place at the Hockey World Cup in India at the end of the year.

Following a serious injury, University of Edinburgh player, Claire Hill, made a welcome return to the training field, enjoying her first individual pitch session in 14 months! Hill is now pressing to be involved in Edinburgh’s European Club campaign in Vienna and aiming for national selection ahead of the U21 European Championships in July.

Judo

After impressive showings at Junior European Cup Events in Lithuania and Austria, Heriot-Watt University student, Alex Short, has been selected by Team GB for an upcoming tournament in Brazil in June.

Orienteering

University of Edinburgh orienteers Jonathan Crickmore and Jennifer Ricketts both enjoyed success this past month as Crickmore followed up a gold at the BUCS Individual Championship with third place in the relay event and a fourth place finish at the GB Sprint World Cup selection race, while Ricketts claimed two U20 golds and a U20 bronze at Junior World Championship selection events at Brunel University and in the South East.

Crickmore has been rewarded for his performances with a place in the GB squad for the upcoming World Championships and World Cup 1 events, and Ricketts will be hoping she’s done enough to make the age grade team when it is announce in the coming months.

Elsewhere, fellow University of Edinburgh student, Matthew Fellbaum, came fourth overall and in the relay event at the JK International Festival of Orienteering in the South East while another Edinburgh teammate, Alexander Chepelin finished second at the popular Dumyat Hill Race in Stirling.

Rowing

Josh Armstrong, Calum Irvine, Matt Curtis, James Temple, Maddie Arlett, Alex Rankin, Oli Wilkes, Gavin Horsburgh (all University of Edinburgh) and Fiona Bell (University of Aberdeen) led the Scottish contingent at the Senior and U23 GB selection trials at Caversham.

Maddie Arlett enjoyed a very successful event, finishing fifth in the senior category and secured selection for the GB senior squad (we spoke with Arlett about her aims ahead of the trials). In her first senior GB start, Arlett claimed bronze at the World Cup 1 event in Belgrade, Serbia, in the lightweight women's double scull with partner Emily Craig.

Armstrong was the overall winner of the U23 category at the trials and will compete at the World U23 Championships in July as well as the Senior World Cup 2 event in Poznan, Poland.

Meanwhile Temple finished third in the U23 Lightweight Men’s Single event at the trials before going on to win Lightweight Double gold and Lightweight Pair silver at the BUCS regatta with fellow Winning Student and Edinburgh teammate Matt Curtis.

Swimming

It was medals galore for Winning Students swimmers at the British Swimming Championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

University of Stirling swimmer Duncan Scott led the way as he became the first British athlete to swim the 100m freestyle under 48 seconds on his way to gold and a British record, while the second-year Business and Sport Studies student also took silver in the 200m freestyle and bronze in the 200m individual medley as well as the 100m and 200m butterfly, the latter in which he was pipped to second place by Stirling teammate and fellow Winning Student, Cameron Brodie.

There was more Stirling success as Ross Murdoch won gold in the 200m breaststroke and silver in the 100m breaststroke while Kathleen Dawson took silver in the 100m and 50m backstroke events.

Kathryn Greenslade (University of Edinburgh) claimed silver in the 200m freestyle and gold in the Target Tokyo 100m backstroke final. Greenslade’s University of Edinburgh teammates Lucy Hope, Kieran McGuckin and Tain Bruce also took homes medals with Hope winning bronze in the 50m freestyle and backstroke disciplines, while McGuckin came third in the 100m freestyle and Bruce won bronze in the Target Tokyo 100m butterfly final.

Other positive results included Euan Inglis (Heriot-Watt University) winning silver in the 50m breaststroke and Craig McNally (University of the West of Scotland) finishing third in the 50m backstroke while there were also bronzes for Camilla Hattersley (University of Glasgow) and Kieren Preston (Edinburgh College) in the 800m freestyle and Target Tokyo 100m breaststroke finals respectively.

As a result of their strong performances at Ponds Forge, Scott, Murdoch and Dawson have been selected for the GB team to compete at this summer’s FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The Sheffield meet also acted as a selection event for the Scottish Gold Coast 2018 team and the upcoming World University Summer Games in Taipei, with the squad for Taipei to be formally announced in due course.

Elsewhere, Hope Gordon (Edinburgh Napier University) represented Team GB at the British Para Swimming International Championships, as part of the World Series, finishing sixth, fifth and fourth in her category of the 100m, 50m and 400m freestyle events.

University of Edinburgh diver, Grace Reid, had a packed month, winning mixed 3m synchro bronze at the World Series event in Kazan, Russia with Olympic medal-winning partner, Tom Daley. Reid also came fourth in the women’s 3m synchro in Russia and sixth in the 3m individual event. She followed up the Russia leg with a solid performance at the final World Series event in Canada, coming fourth in both the mixed 3m synchro and women’s 3m synchro. Reid will be hoping to carry on the good form and convert her performances into medals at the upcoming British National Championships in June.

Tennis

University of Stirling tennis scholar Maia Lumsden won her first senior doubles title at the ITF Hammamet Open in Tunisia with partner Panna Udvardy of Hungary.

Lumsden and fellow Stirling players, Scott Duncan and Robert Leck then made it to the latter stages of both the team and individual BUCS National Championships. All three were part of the Stirling teams who lost out to Durham in the finals of the men’s and women’s team events, while Lumsden narrowly lost out in the final of the women’s singles, Duncan was defeated in the men’s semi-finals by the top seed who had also put Leck out at the quarter-final stage.

However, the disappointment did not last long for Leck as he went on to win the men’s singles title at the Scottish National Championships, defeating fellow Winning Students scholar Bruce Strachan (Heriot-Watt University) in the final.

Triathlon

George Goodwin (University of Stirling) followed up his win at the Scottish Duathlon Championships with at third place finish at the BUCS Sprint Championships in Calne, Wiltshire.

Meanwhile, Goodwin’s Stirling teammate Cameron Main finished eighth at the British Junior Duathlon Championships in Bedford before taking part in a two week camp in Portugal in preparation for the European Championships qualification event in May.

Having started the season competing at senior World Cup level, Julie Nimmo (University of Stirling) continues her recovery from a broken elbow and aims to get her season back on track at the British Championships in June.

Individual Scholars

University of Strathclyde windsurfer, Andy Brown, has enjoyed a successful period having been selected for the British Sailing Team as a Podium Potential Pathway Sailor after a number of excellent results which saw him become 2017 British Youth Champion in the RSX Olympic Windsurf Class and awarded the 2017 RYA Scotland Youth Sailor of the Year award.

Para-cyclist, Hannah Dines, of the Open University in Scotland, has been in training ahead of her season kicking off this month with the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup event in Ostend, Belgium.

Heriot-Watt University shooting scholar, Seonaid McIntosh, made a great start to the season at the Isle of Man Easter Shooting Festival as she qualified top in all three disciplines before winning the Air Rifle and 3-Positions events and finishing third in the Prone. McIntosh now has a busy schedule of international events in the Czech Republic and Germany throughout May.

Open University in Scotland student and Paralympic para-cycling gold medallist, Karen Darke, has commenced a transition into paratriathlon and began her journey with a second place finish at the National Paraduathlon Championships. Darke will now embark on a full programme of paratriathlon and paracycling events as she looks towards qualifying for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games as a paratriathlete.

Edinburgh Napier University squash player, Elspeth Young, moved up the PSA Word Rankings to number 115 after making the last 16 at the Prague Open and making it to the second qualifying round of the elite-ranked Dublin Open. Young was also part of the Scotland squad who won bronze at the European Division 2 Team Championships in Helsinki.