Hall of Fame induction is family affair
Two Commonwealth gold medallists and one of Scotland’s most capped women’s rugby players have joined the University's Sports Hall of Fame.
Caitlin McClatchey, one of Scotland’s most accomplished swimmers, joins her uncle, Olympic bronze medal swimmer Alan McClatchey, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.
Caitlin has competed in the finals of three Olympic Games, three Commonwealth Games and won Commonwealth gold in 2006.
A true great in the world of shooting, Donald McIntosh joins his Commonwealth gold medallist wife Shirley - also a leading competitor in the sport - who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.
Donald achieved medal success on an international level and is now a renowned coach of Commonwealth, World and Olympic athletes. Daughters Jennifer and Seonaid are also established shooting internationalists and hope to join Team GB in Rio this year.
Fellow inductee Heather Lockhart was a relative latecomer to rugby but has earned 80 international caps for Scotland. The former Edinburgh law student has played in two World Cups and earned selection to the British Lionesses.
Blues and Colours
The Hall of Fame newcomers were welcomed by Senior Vice Principal Charlie Jeffery in front of current students and fellow athletes at the Playfair Library. The ceremony took place at Edinburgh’s annual celebration of sporting excellence, the Blues and Colours sports dinner.
All three Hall of Fame inductees have demonstrated 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.
Hall of Fame Greats
Edinburgh’s Hall of Fame now boasts 30 world class athletes across 15 sports. 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.
Inductees must be a graduate of the University and a medal winner at major games – either Olympic, Commonwealth, Paralympic, World or European. Alternatively, they must have made a significant number of appearances at senior international level for their country.