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Commonwealth games success celebrated

The achievements of students and staff who took part in Glasgow 2014 have been recognised at a special reception.

Photo of the University of Edinburgh's Commonwealth Games athletes

The University Principal, Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, welcomed some of the student athletes who'd taken part in the Games to the Glasgow Art Club.

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In this short film, some of the medal-winners reveal what their success means to them.

Medal success

Amongst those present was judo winner Sarah Adlington, who won gold for Team Scotland in the +78kg division.

Sarah, who's studying for a BSc in Sport and Recreation Management, edged out England's Jodie Myers.

Also in attendance was Chemistry student Corrie Scott, who secured a bronze in the 50m breaststroke. Corrie, who is also a member of the University's Team Performance Programme, was joined by fellow swimmer Calum Tait who finished fifth in the 200m breaststroke - an impressive feat for Calum who was competing in his first Games.

Members of the University's coaching staff, who were part of Team Scotland, were present to chat to those they've helped realise their goals.

Two commemorative boards were also unveiled, detailing the impressive achievements of University students and alumni at Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

Strong showing

Students, staff and alumni competed for Team Scotland in a host of events at Glasgow 2014, including swimming, squash, athletics and hockey.

Physical education graduate Eilidh Child claimed silver in the Women’s 400 metres hurdles.

The 27-year-old was beaten to the gold by Jamaican athlete and race favourite Kaliese Spencer but took second place with a time of 55.02.

The former PE student from the Moray House School of Education joined the list of sporting greats in the University's Sports Hall of Fame earlier this year.

In judo, Andy Burns took bronze in the -90kg category. Andy, who is studying for a MSc in Strength & Conditioning, defeated Australia's Mark Anthony by two Yuko point throws to one.

In the pool, Michael Jamieson took silver in the 200m breaststroke final, with compatriot Ross Murdoch winning gold.

Michael has close ties with Edinburgh and was previously a member of the University swim team.

He took silver at the London Olympics in 2012, as well as a silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Sports expertise

The University was represented off the track by staff from the Centre for Sport and Exercise’s Fitness Assessment and Sports Injuries Centre.

Clinical Specialist Lindsay Thomson was appointed Head Physiotherapist to Team Scotland along with her University colleagues Sandi Lyall and Dr Alastair Nicol.

Many of Edinburgh’s athletes competing at the Games were supported through the University’s Individual Performance Programme, which assists leading student sports performers with a range of assistance to enable them to succeed on the world's sporting stage.

This includes tailored fitness conditioning, sports medicine care, funding, access to top-class competition and training facilities, advice and flexible study options.

The University’s sports facilities and programmes are among the finest in the UK and have been used by a range of professional sports teams, including the New Zealand All Blacks and South Africa Springboks rugby teams.

The University can be rightly proud of its contribution to the success of Glasgow 2014, with an array of medal winners and personal best performances. Our support staff and volunteers also made very significant contributions. This is without doubt our biggest and best involvement so far in a Commonwealth Games and illustrates the strength and vibrancy of our sport offer.

Jim Aitken MBEDirector of Sport