Olympic medallist inspires fellow students

Medical student Polly Swann has resumed her studies following success at the Rio games.

Polly, who took a break of six years from her undergraduate degree, won silver in the Women’s Coxed Eight rowing event.

She is now focusing on her degree and aims to graduate in 2019.

Inspiring words

At a pre-season launch event at Sport & Exercise’s Performance Gym, Polly spoke to other students hoping to emulate her achievements.

The quality of Edinburgh’s sports performance continues to rise, with the University now ranked 3rd in the UK.

Many of Edinburgh’s athletes competing at the Rio Games were supported through the University’s Individual Performance Programme.

Generous support

It provides leading student sports performers with a range of assistance to help them succeed on the world sporting stage.

This includes tailored fitness conditioning, sports medicine care and funding.

The programme also gives students access to top class competition and training facilities, and offers 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 international rugby teams.

Jim Aitken MBEDirector of Sport and Exercise