Engineering student Hector Haines set for global orienteering stage.
A spot in the world championships is up for grabs this weekend for Edinburgh Structural Engineering student Hector Haines.
Haines, who has just returned from the European Orienteering Championships in Sweden, will be tackling the World Championship Trials in Royal Deeside.
The 22 year old from Ilkley, West Yorkshire, will be looking to follow up on his recent success at the British Orienteering Championships and the GB Elite Championships, where he finished in the top three in both events.
A good result could see Hector secure a place at the World Championships in Switzerland in July.
I have been improving year-on year and this year I'm hoping to make the top 25 in the long distance event and keep improving my world ranking. Each year after that I want to do the same so that when it reaches the World Championships in Edinburgh in 2015, I can medal in Scotland.
Haines, who says he hopes to continue his studies through to PhD level, is one of 120 talented athletes from across 31 Scottish universities and colleges supported by the Winning Students sports scholarship programme.
Funded by the Scottish Funding Council, Winning Students is the national sports scholarship programme providing high performance student athletes across the country with scholarships of up to £5,500 each year, as well as academic flexibility.
Haines is one of six Edinburgh Winning Students who will compete at the World University Championships in Alicante, Spain, along with Rebecca Harding, Mark Nixon, Hollie Orr, Catherine Taylor and Doug Tullie.
The students are part of a team of 11 who train at the Edinburgh Orienteering Centre of Excellence, created in partnership with the University of Edinburgh, Winning Students, Scottish Orienteering and British Orienteering.
There is a strong pool of orienteers in Edinburgh at the moment, which is great as everyone pushes one another on. I don't like being beaten by the younger guys so that keeps me motivated to keep on improving!
Details on the Winning Students programme and on Edinburgh's sport courses can be found here.
This article was published on Jun 6, 2012