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Winning Students swimmers set for Gold Coast

5 October 2017
European silver medallist and World finalist, Kathleen Dawson, is one of nine Winning Students swimmers on their way to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games with Team Scotland.

European silver medallist and World finalist, Kathleen Dawson, is one of nine Winning Students swimmers on their way to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games with Team Scotland.

Nine Winning Students athletes have been selected for a trip of a lifetime this week after being named in the Team Scotland squad heading to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The University of Edinburgh has four athletes on their way down under with Lucy Hope, Kieran McGuckin, Corrie Scott and Calum Tait selected while the University of Stirling contingent includes Double Olympic medallist and World Champion, Duncan Scott alongside European silver medallist and World finalist, Kathleen Dawson, and former World Junior Champion, Craig Benson. Heriot-Watt University will also be represented at the Games by Craig McNally and Euan Inglis.

Commenting on selection for his first ever Games, Accounting and Finance student Inglis said: “It feels phenomenal. A nomination is one thing but to be selected is just huge. I wasn’t racing at Glasgow (in 2014), but I was in the crowd and a lot of my mates were competing so it’s great talking to them and hearing their stories about the experience.

“The excitement of being picked really impacts how you train because you’re far more focused and I’ve even felt it the last couple of days. Now I’m just excited to race people from different nations and hopefully do my best for Team Scotland.”

Meanwhile Lucy Hope (University of Edinburgh) will head to her second Games after competing for Team Scotland at Glasgow 2014. Having had to keep her selection secret, Hope is excited about telling friends and family about the good news: “We were sent an email to confirm we’d made the team but were told to keep it under wraps until today, but with it being announced I can’t wait to see the reaction of everyone.

And now she is selected, Hope has goals to supersede her results in Glasgow and feels her experience stands her in good stead. She added: “Obviously Glasgow was a home Games and the atmosphere was unbelievable, but hopefully it will be just as good (at Gold Coast). Being four years older, I’m looking for more performance-wise than 2014 which was more about the experience whereas Gold Coast I’m hoping to make finals and maybe medal.”

Joining Hope in being selected for their second Games is Stirling’s Kathleen Dawson, who also made her debut at Glasgow, and she is well aware of the Team Scotland experience and is thrilled to be part of the squad once again. She said: “I’m just as proud as I was first time around and I can’t believe I’m going out to Australia to compete with Team Scotland…I’m so excited!

“I feel like I’m able to prepare myself better for this sort of stage. This is the second time I’ve experienced a team environment where you stay with other athletes, but I feel Glasgow prepared me for that side of things, so I’m looking to swim just as well as I would at a World or European Championships.”

The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, in Australia between 4 and 15 April 2018.

The full list of Team Scotland athletes selected so far can be found on the Team Scotland website.