Muir and Scott top of the pile at Team Scotland Awards22 September 2017
Two of the Winning Students programme’s top athletes added to their growing list of accolades last night (21 Sep) as Laura Muir and Duncan Scott were recognised at the Team Scotland Awards in Edinburgh.
University of Glasgow Veterinary student Muir, was named Female Athlete of the Year after becoming double European Indoor Champion and coming agonisingly close to a World Championship medal in the summer.
Demonstrating the level of Muir’s achievements over the past 12 months, the British record-holder was selected from an impressive short-list including world champion cyclist, Katie Archibald, and speed skater Elise Christie who won two golds at the World Short Track Championships in Rotterdam.
There was similar success for Muir’s fellow Winning Students scholar, Duncan Scott of the University of Stirling, as he received the Male Athlete of the Year Award following a year that included British records and gold and silver medals at this summer’s FINA World Championships.
The third-year Business and Sport Studies student came out on top of an illustrious shortlist as he pipped undefeated boxer, Josh Taylor, Olympic marathon runner, Callum Hawkins, and Britain’s greatest ever tennis player, Andy Murray, to the title which he adds to the Young Athlete Award he won in 2015.
Speaking of the award, Scott said: “It was just a massive surprise to be honest. The shortlist was full of world-renowned sportsmen and shows the depth of talent in Scottish sport is getting better and better each year. Firstly, to be nominated was fantastic, but to then have my name called out was something special.
“Swimming is an individual sport, but the team behind me is phenomenal so the award goes really goes to them. My relay teammates, the University of Stirling, Scottish Swimming and Winning Students - I really couldn’t be where I am without them.”
Hosted at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, the Team Scotland Awards saw over 500 guests join the celebrations where the evening was hosted by award winning TV presenter Hazel Irvine and comedian Fred MacAulay, with funds raised for the Scottish Commonwealth Games Youth Trust.
A full list of winners from the event can be found on the Team Scotland website.