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Winning Students selected for Glasgow 2018 roles

18 January 2018
University of Edinburgh rower, Josh Armstrong, and University of Stirling golfer, Hazel MacGarvie, have been selected by Glasgow 2018 to inspire the next generation of young athletes.

University of Edinburgh rower, Josh Armstrong, and University of Stirling golfer, Hazel MacGarvie, have been selected by Glasgow 2018 to inspire the next generation of young athletes.

With less than 200 days until the biggest sporting event to be staged in Scotland since the Commonwealth Games, University of Edinburgh rower, Josh Armstrong, and University of Stirling golfer, Hazel MacGarvie, have been selected as two of Glasgow 2018’s 6for2018.

Taking place from 2 to 12 August, the inaugural European Championships will see around 3,000 athletes compete in six sports at 12 venues across Scotland. The new multi-sport event will host 84 sessions across six different sports - Aquatics, Cycling, Golf, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon.

Glasgow 2018 is set to celebrate the country’s young talent and achievers, coinciding with the Year of Young People, and six ambitious young athletes, representing each of the sports, hope the profile of Glasgow 2018 will help inspire more young people to get involved in sports.

Second-year Sport and Recreation Management student, Armstrong, who made his senior GB rowing debut in 2017, has had a meteoric rise in the sport since becoming junior world champion in 2015 and he hopes the profile of the Games will encourage more youngsters to give rowing a shot. He said: “Rowing is an extremely rewarding sport. It allows you to set goals and work towards them in a controlled environment – something which can help in all aspects of life.”

Whilst rowing has historically had its own team European Championships, golfing history will be created at Glasgow 2018 when the first ever European Golf Team Championships are staged on the iconic PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles in Perth and Kinross. The competition will bring together the best men and women golfers in Europe to compete side-by-side in a mixed event to create a new highlight on the golfing calendar.

Armstrong’s fellow Winning Students scholar, and up-and-coming University of Stirling golfer, Hazel MacGarvie, has also been selected for the 6for2018 campaign and believes the new event will offer plenty of motivation to achieve her own goals and hopes it will inspire others to pick up the sport.

MacGarvie said: “I’m looking forward to seeing men and women play golf together for the first time at a competitive tournament. It’s great having such an event like this come to Glasgow and Scotland and being able to attend the event.

“Golf is a sport that can be taken up at any point in time and it is a sport that can be played all the time with no age limit. It also has a great social aspect where you can meet new people. I believe the European Championships will show young people, both male and female, what it’s all about and encourage them to give it a shot.”

To be staged every four years, the European Championships will be an 11-day celebration of world-class sport and produce a packed 10-day broadcast schedule, with audiences of up to 1.03 billion.

Visit the Glasgow 2018 website for more information about its 6for2018.