Sporting Students Can Make The Grade On World Stage

Sporting students across Scotland have been bolstered in their bid for Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth success. More than 150 talented athletes who combine their training with study at colleges and universities across Scotland will receive tailored support this academic year.

Winning Students, Scotland’s national sports scholarship programme for student athletes, provides funding and academic flexibility to help students achieve their potential.

The scholarship roster was announced at the Stirling Sports Village where support from Winning Students has helped to establish a national training hub for elite curlers in partnership with Scottish and British Curling. Kyle Waddell, an HND Sports Coaching with Development student at City of Glasgow College, is the Scottish Junior Champion and helped Scotland win a bronze medal at the 2012 World Junior Championships.

“Competing and training can be costly so the Winning Students scholarship will help to ease the burden of this expense and also make my life as a student much simpler,” said Waddell, one of 15 curlers to receive a Winning Students scholarship this year. “I am sure it will help guide me and the team towards our goals for the season and beyond.”

Now in its fifth year supporting student athletes, eleven current and former Winning Students were competing at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. At the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, no fewer than 29 Winning Students represented their countries, with two gold medals and one silver placing the scholarship programme equivalent to 18th place in the final standings.

Many students are now turning their attention to gaining selection for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and new recruits to the programme will be buoyed by a recent survey of the programme revealing 62% of students cited an improvement to their sporting performance since gaining scholarship support.

Winning Students Programme Co-ordinator Jason Atkins said: “Winning Students is delighted to play its part in developing sporting talent ahead of so many major sporting events. Scotland’s colleges and universities are packed with sporting talent and the support ensures these students can also prepare for successful careers after sport.”

Winning Students Curling Scholars:

Mhairi Baird – Queen Margaret University
Abigail Brown – University of Dundee
Jennifer Dodds – Edinburgh College
Hannah Fleming – Edinburgh Napier University
Lauren Gray – University of Glasgow
Grant Hardie – University of Strathclyde
Jennifer Martin – University of the West of Scotland
Hamilton McMillan – University of the West of Scotland
Billy Morton – University of Strathclyde
Thomas Muirhead – Scotland’s Rural College
Hazel Smith – Scotland’s Rural College
Kyle Smith – Scotland’s Rural College
Alice Spence – Queen Margaret University
Kyle Waddell – City of Glasgow College
Vicky Wright – University of Glasgow

Click for a full list of 2012-13 Winning Students scholars.

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