Olympic medallists enter Hall of Fame

Two Olympic silver medallists have joined the University’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Medical student Polly Swann and Moray House graduate Mark Robertson both achieved success last summer.

Polly won a silver medal in Rio as part of Team GB’s women’s rowing eight. During her career she has also been crowned as World and European Champion.

Currently in the fourth year of her medical degree, Polly took a break from her studies to allow her to compete in Rio.

Rugby player Mark was a key member of Team GB’s silver-medal-winning Sevens squad in Rio, having played in every match en route to the final.

Mark has recently announced his retirement from international Rugby. During his career he amassed 57 caps for Scotland Sevens and scored 106 international tries and more than 500 points.

He graduated from Edinburgh in 2012 with an MSc in Strength & Conditioning.

Blues and Colours

The Hall of Fame newcomers were welcomed by University Secretary Sarah Smith in front of an audience that included some of Edinburgh’s leading student sports stars.

The ceremony took place at Edinburgh’s annual celebration of sporting excellence, the Blues and Colours sports dinner on Tuesday, 30 May.

Both 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.

Jim AitkenDirector of Sport and Exercise - University of Edinburgh

Hall of Fame

Edinburgh’s Hall of Fame now boasts 32 world class athletes across 15 sports. Previous inductees include six-time Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, Olympic gold medallist rower Dame Katherine Grainger and Olympic 400 metre running champion Eric Liddell.

Inductees must be a student or 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 level for their country. Induction to the Sports Hall of Fame is the highest sporting honour the University can bestow.

Performance Programme

Many of Edinburgh’s Olympic athletes have been supported by the University’s Performance Programme.

The programme offers leading performers a range of assistance to help them succeed on the world sporting stage.

Support is offered through funding, tailored fitness conditioning, sports medicine care. The programme also offers access to top class competition and training facilities, advice and flexible study options.


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