Tuesday 30th January 2018

Athletes from the University of Stirling made their mark across the continent this past weekend as members of the University’s high performance sport programme competed in a number of national and international competitions.

Curling, golf, swimming and tennis stars were all in action, enjoying a number of podium finishes at their respective events.

Here are the latest sporting headlines.

Curling

Stirling curler, Sophie Jackson, who is studying an MSc in Psychology of Sport, led Team Jackson, including fellow scholars, Naomi Brown and Mili Smith, to the semi-final of the Scottish Curling Junior Championships where they fell to eventual winners, Team Morrison.

The team, looking to retain their title won in 2017, managed to force an extra end but a final hit from the Team Morrison skip meant they lost out by a single point.

Golf

Third-year Psychology and Sport Studies student, Chloe Goadby’s fine run of form continued into the new season as she finished in a tie for third place at the Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Championship.

Battling tough conditions, Goadby kept in touch with the leaders throughout the tournament before finishing two shots back after the final round. Stirling teammates, Gemma Batty (T17) and Hazel MacGarvie (T25), also made the cut to cap off a strong showing for the University’s High Performance Golf Programme.

Swimming

Six Stirling swimmers were competing at the Euro Swim Meet in Luxembourg with Aimee Wilmott, Ross Murdoch, Duncan Scott and Kathleen Dawson representing Team GB, while Calum Bain and Jamie Graham were part of the Swim Ireland squad.

Wilmott enjoyed multiple successes, winning gold in the 200m medley and 4x100m medley events as well as a silver in the 400m medley. Murdoch brought home two silvers in the 100m and 200m breaststroke events while Dawson and Scott were part of the silver medal-winning team in the 4x100m medley. Scott then went on to secure silver in the 200m individual medley and narrowly missed out on a podium place in the 100m freestyle, finishing in fourth place.

Tennis

There were three Stirling players in the semi-finals of the women’s draw, as Lumsden defeated teammate Natasha Fourouclas before going on to overcome another fellow scholar, Ingrid Vojcinakova, in the final.

In the men’s draw, Rosenzweig, who coaches the University’s successful women’s squad, was dominant throughout the tournament and, despite losing the second set, closed out the final in similar fashion.

Commenting on the weekend’s action, the University of Stirling’s Head of Performance Sport, David Bond, said: “Whether it’s local events, national championships or competing on an international stage, our athletes continue to deliver regular success and there were some fine performances this weekend. Special mention to Chloe and team who had to play in some really tricky conditions over in Portugal, yet still managed to come away with a fantastic result!”

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Wednesday 3rd January 2018

Scottish Student Sport Honorary President, Mark Beaumont, will receive a British Empire Medal as part of the New Year Honours list.

Ultra endurance athlete, ambassador for student sport, and our very own Honorary President, Mark Beaumont, has been awarded a British Empire Medal as part of the New Year honours list.

Mark, who made headlines when he first broke the record for cycling around the world in 2008, made a second record-breaking bike trip last year (2017). He completed a massive journey, pushing his physical and mental barriers, around the world in a time of 78 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes. Not only smashing the previous record set by Andrew Nicholson of New Zealand in 2015 but his own target of getting round the globe in 80 days. Having been fascinated by circumnavigating the world from a very young age it comes as no surprise that Mark would attempt the journey twice. Well, maybe a little.

The Queen’s New Year Honours list illustrates the achievements of many, including Game of Thrones actor James Cosmo, who have demonstrated exceptional service and dedication. Mark will be recognised for his prominent sporting greatness, inspiring local to national athletes, at Buckingham Palace.

“My world has been turned upside down since I got back to Paris and went around the world in 80 days, and it’s all been a bit of a whirlwind. So to end up in the New Year honours list is wonderful and I’m sure when the day comes it’ll be one I remember for a very long time.”

Over 100 Scottish recipients will be highlighted by the Queen and we are absolutely delighted for Mark. Not only a huge privilege but stunning way to wrap up the year. Let’s take a look at his most recent interview on the BBC:

We had the pleasure of Marks company for lunch as we finished for the festive season. If only we had known this in the pipeline there would have been an even greater celebration! Many congratulations Mark!

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Thursday 7th December 2017

West Region launches ladders in Badminton and Football.

This semester we fully launched regional ladders as a new competition format to provide students with fun, participation focused opportunities to play sport for their institution.

This new competition format is designed to give more flexibility to competing teams with fixtures arranged via team challenges with the aim of climbing to the top of the ladder. Entries remain open throughout the year and new teams simply join at the bottom of the ladder making it a great development tool for institutions creating new teams and clubs.

The West has launched ladders in mixed badminton and men’s football with five institutions taking up the early opportunity to get involved. City of Glasgow College have set the pace so far reaching the top spot in badminton and the top two places in men’s football including a team made up of students from their Edusport Academy. Their challenge, however, will be to maintain their position at the top with challengers below ready to make their own moves up the ladders.

Andrew Kirk, Sport Coordinator at City of Glasgow College, said “with the limited number of BUCS teams we can enter, this is a great outlet for our students to get involved in a variety of sports, in a friendly environment.  I would very much encourage other institutions to give us a challenge in the ladders system.”

There are two weeks left in the current fixture window before the ladders pause for the winter break and we’d encourage anyone who is considering entering the ladders next semester to get in touch now so that we can support you with getting the team ready.

For information on taking part please get in touch with your Regional Development Coordinator, contact details can be found at: https://www.scottishstudentsport.com/about/

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Thursday 30th November 2017

Our #ScotStuKarate chair Liz Rogers gives us the lowdown on the recent Karate Team Cup!

The annual Scottish Student Karate Team Cup took place on the 19th November, with entries from Dundee, Edinburgh Shotokan, Edinburgh Shukokai and Glasgow taking part.

The competition kicked off with Team Kata, where Dundee A reclaimed their Gold title, beating both Dundee B and Edinburgh Shotokan.

The Beginners Team Kumite (fighting) events followed, with wins for Edinburgh Shotokan’s women’s team and Dundee’s men’s team.

(Above: Edinburgh Shotokan & Dundee)

The Open Team Kumite saw Glasgow taking the Gold for the women’s team and Edinburgh Shukokai taking Gold for the men’s event.

(Below: Edinburgh Shukokai, Dundee & Glasgow. Women: Glasgow & Dundee)

Dundee won the overall competition, with Edinburgh Shotokan taking second place, and Glasgow placing third.

The day finished on a friendly note with teams from different clubs merging to create the best names we have heard to date. ‘Dunnow’, ‘Glasburgh’, ‘Edingow’, ‘Glasgee’, ‘Dunburgh’ and ‘Edinee’, were some of the names battling it out to round up the day.

We hope everyone enjoyed the day and is ready to do Scotland proud at BUCS in February!

Please click HERE for full results from the day.

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Wednesday 22nd November 2017

On Saturday 18th November over 200 students competed at the indoor rowing championships at Ravenscraig.

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There was some exciting racing throughout all the categories with The University of Edinburgh taking the spoils in all the individual categories bar male fresher, which was won by Oliver Bohle of the University of Dundee.

In all the races there was load vocal support, even for the last placed competitors and many produced personal bests. Glasgow, who were celebrating 150 years later in the day, had to relinquish the VL trophy, they won last year, to Edinburgh.

It was good to see some competitors who were not members of their rowing clubs also racing and having good results.  However, the day belonged to Edinburgh, who had to leave before being presented with the VL trophy due to the arrival of their bus.  The trophy was presented the next day at Strathclyde park where they train.

Next year it is hoped that all universities will have at least one competitor. How the event is being advertised is being looked at and how to increase the competitor base at all levels is also in hand.

Full Event Results

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Images courtesy of Scottish Rowing  

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Tuesday 14th November 2017

University of Stirling swimmers bring home 21 medals from BUCS Short Course Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield

Swimmers from the University of Stirling enjoyed another successful meet this past weekend as they took on some of the UK’s best students athletes at the BUCS Short Course Swimming Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

The Stirling squad won 21 medals across a variety of events which resulted in them finishing second in the overall team event behind Loughborough University.

Leading the medal haul was double Olympic medallist and world champion, Duncan Scott, who came away with golds in the 200m, 400m, 1500m freestyle and 200m butterfly individual events as well as silver in the 100m butterfly. Scott was also part of the victorious 4 x 50m freestyle and 4 x 50m medley teams as he was named the event’s best overall male athlete.

Commenting on the meet, Scott said: “The whole team swam pretty well and I think that’s the best we’ve ever done, finishing second, so it was a massive effort overall. It’s a tough weekend with a lot of great swimmers so it’s really competitive and everyone enjoyed it.

“It’s the first time I’ve competed since the summer so it was good to get racing again and get into that frame of mind ahead of a few other big meets coming up.”

Joining Scott in the multi-medal winning category, were second-year Sports Studies student, Kathleen Dawson, who won gold in the 100m backstroke along with silvers in the 50m backstroke and butterfly, and fellow Olympian, Craig Benson, who claimed gold in the 100m and 200m breaststroke and silver in the 50m event.

In the team events, Walton, Benson, Scott and Bain won gold in the 4 x 50m medley relay, while Walton, Scott and Bain were joined by first-year teammate, Scott McLay, in winning the 4 x 50m freestyle relay. In the women’s races, Dawson, Hannah Featherstone, Erin Cummins and Danielle Joyce claimed bronze in the freestyle relay while Eve Thompson teamed up with Dawson, Cummins and Joyce to claim another third place in the 4 x 50m medley relay.

Speaking of the weekend, the University of Stirling’s Head Performance Swimming Coach, Steven Tigg, said: “BUCS is the early benchmark meet that we use to begin focusing on competitive skills and racing. It is an important part of our process towards preparing for the key meets of the season whether that’s Commonwealth Games, European Championships amongst others.

“The team emphasis always brings a different element, with swimmers competing in less favourable events to ensure we can be competitive across the board. The athletes love competing for the University and embrace the collective ethos we encourage.”

“Individually it was great to see 1st year Zak Aitchison, step up and challenge teammate, and double Olympian, Craig Benson while it was also good seeing Duncan and Kathleen go out of their comfort zones in the men’s 1500m and women’s 800m freestyle events.”

David Bond, the University’s Head of Performance Sport, was delighted to see the High Performance Swimming programme continue to bear fruits at another national championships. “We’re immensely proud of all the athletes that competed at the weekend. Not just for the medals they brought home, but for the daily work they put into their training and studying which makes them excellent ambassadors for the University.

“Steve and Brad are doing a phenomenal job supporting the athletes both in and out of the water and we are excited to see the programme continue to develop over the coming years.”

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Monday 13th November 2017

12th December 2017

On the twelfth day of… December we are all getting together for this year’s SSS Festive Gathering. We are excited to be hosting this year’s event at City of Glasgow College.

The Festive Gathering 2017 will focus on networking, learning and fun! We will be welcoming members and partners from across Scotland to share best practice, learn from the experts and get into a member-wide discussion.

Throughout semester one, members have been engaging in our national Rainbow Laces project to raise awareness of LGBT engagement in student sport and we will be highlighting some of this excellent work during the day. For more details about what the day has in store you can view the programme here.

Sign up is now LIVE! Please sign up here. You will need an Azolve account to be able to register. If you need any support with Azolve sign up, firstly speak to your fixture administrator then call SSS HQ. Please register by 5th December.

Be sure not to miss out on this fantastic opportunity to network, catch up with friends and get into the festive spirit!

We hope you will join us for what is sure to be a fantastic day!

Extra information:

Registration will be from 10:00-10:30 with the day kicking off at 10:30 and running through until 15:40. We will be hosting a brief General Meeting at the end of the day for voting members.

There will be no parking onsite at City of Glasgow College but the campus is a 10 minute walk from Queens Street train station. Concert Square Car Park is also a 10 minute walk to the venue – more information can be found here.

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