Rowing star joins sports celebrations

Rowing legend Sir Matthew Pinsent has welcomed the latest inductees to the Sports Hall of Fame, at a University dinner.

Sports Hall of Fame inductees

The quadruple Olympic gold medallist was a guest of honour when the three Edinburgh graduates were added to the roll-call of University sporting greats.

He toured the University's Centre for Sport and Exercise during his visit.

International stars

The inductees include Scotland’s most capped footballer, Gemma Fay, who is captain of the Women’s National Team and has made 155 international appearances to date.

Also joining the Hall of Fame is Alan Anderson, one of the UK’s most successful water polo players, having gained more than 200 international caps for Scotland and Great Britain.

International hockey star Samantha Judge, who has made184 appearances for Scotland to date and has represented Great Britain, is also added to the list.

Prestigious roll-call

We are delighted to have Sir Matthew Pinsent with us as we welcome these three superb graduate athletes to the University’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Jim AitkenUniversity Director Of Sport And Exercise

Previous inductees to the Sports Hall of Fame include six-time Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, Olympic gold medallist rower Katherine Grainger, and Olympic 400m running champion Eric Liddell.

The latest awards bring the number of sports stars to be honoured to 21, across 13 pursuits.

Sir Matthew, who won gold medals at Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney and Athens and is now an ambassador for GANT, toured sports facilities and met students during his visit to the University.

He met members of the University Rowing Club in a recently opened, purpose-built rowing facility.

The rowing gym is named after Olympic gold medallist rower and Edinburgh graduate Katherine Grainger, who first took up the sport at Edinburgh.

Awards presentation

Vice Principal and Director Corporate Services, Nigel Paul, presented awards to the Sports Hall of Fame inductees at the University’s Annual Blues and Colours sports dinner.

Sir Matthew presented the Blues awards, which honour students who have competed in University sport at top level, and the Cameron Blue, for the best overall athlete, at the event in the Playfair Library at Old College.

All three Hall of Fame inductees have demonstrated outstanding commitment and excellence in their respective sports and have rightfully earned this honour, which is the highest sporting accolade the University can give.

Jim AitkenUniversity Director Of Sport And Exercise

Photo courtesy of Douglas Robertson Photography.