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Trio enters Sports Hall of Fame

Three world-class athletes have joined the list of sporting greats in the University’s Sports Hall of Fame.

The inductees include Physical Education graduate and Commonwealth silver medallist Eilidh Child, who came second in the 400 metre hurdles at the 2010 Games. Also added to the roll-call of sporting greats are Olympic bronze medal winning swimmer Alan McClatchey and two-time Commonwealth bronze medal winning weightlifter Charles Revolta.

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Eilidh, who led the GB team at the World Indoor Athletics Championships earlier this year, is hoping to secure gold at this summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Recognition of success

Double graduate in medicine and pathology, Alan McClatchey, competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympics and won a bronze medal as part of the British 4x200 metre freestyle relay team. Alan also won a world championship silver medal and held number of Scottish and British records.

The Olympian’s niece, Caitlin, is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Performance Psychology at Edinburgh. She continued the family tradition by winning two gold medals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and currently holds the title of University of Edinburgh Female Athlete of the Year.

Law Graduate and two-time Commonwealth Games bronze medal winning weightlifter Charles Revolta triumphed in Edmonton, Canada in 1978 and on home soil in Edinburgh in 1986. The strongman was 15-time Scottish weightlifting champion between 1971 and 1986 and European Champion in 1977.

Charles began weightlifting when he came to Edinburgh as a student in 1967 and later coached the University Weightlifting Club.

Principal Tim O'Shea with Dr Alan McClatchey, and Charles Revolta

All three Hall of Fame inductees have demonstrated outstanding commitment and excellence in their respective sports to earn this honour, which is the highest sporting accolade the University can give. The Sports Hall of Fame celebrates inspirational athletes who have excelled in their chosen sport and underlines the University’s commitment to athletic achievement.

Jim AitkenDirector, Centre for Sport & Exercise

World class talent

Edinburgh’s Hall of Fame now boasts 24 world class athletes in its roll-call. Previous inductees include six-time Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, Olympic gold medallist rower Katherine Grainger, and Olympic 400 metre running champion Eric Liddell.

Principal, Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea presented welcomed the Hall of Fame newcomers in front of current students and sports stars gathered for the University’s annual celebration of sporting excellence, the Blues and Colours sports dinner.