Athletes play key role in Gold Coast success

Elite athletes with University links have helped Scotland to its most successful overseas Commonwealth Games.

Leading sports men and women with Edinburgh ties took nine medals at the Games.

University swimmers and divers excelled in the pool, claiming a total of eight medals in a number of events.

Student success

Sport science student Grace Reid became the first Scottish female diver to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games, taking gold in the 1 metre springboard diving.

Medical student Kathryn Greenslade picked up a bronze medal for Wales in the 4x100 medley relay.

Sport and recreation management student Jack Thorpe and mechanical engineering undergraduate Kieran McGuckin each took bronze in the 4x100 metre freestyle relay.

Edinburgh Swim Team associate member Mark Szaranek took silver in the 400 metre individual medley and bronze in the 4x200 metres freestyle relay alongside Daniel Wallace.

David Cumberlidge picked up a silver medal for England in the 4x100 metre freestyle relay.

Track success

Alumna Eilidh Doyle added to her sporting achievements with a silver medal in the 400 metre hurdles, which repeats her achievements at the two previous Commonwealth Games.

Sporting legacy

Elsewhere, Scottish diver James Heatly - the grandson of Edinburgh Sports Hall of Fame inductee Sir Peter Heatly - took bronze in the 1 metre springboard.

Sir Peter - who died in 2015 - graduated from Edinburgh in 1945 and dominated the sport of diving in Scotland for more than 20 years.

Range of sports

Some 32 students, coaches and alumni were in action at the Games, taking part in nine sports – swimming, diving, athletics, squash, netball, table tennis, hockey, shooting and rugby.

Four countries were represented by the sportsmen and women, with athletes competing for Scotland, England, Wales and the Cayman Islands.

This is our most successful Commonwealth Games ever and our impressive results are a testament to the hard work, talent and dedication of our athletes and coaches, as well as the support our University sport programme provides. Our Gold Coast representatives have been truly inspiring. We hope their achievements will encourage everybody to become more involved in sport at some level, and to reap the rewards it can bring.

Jim AitkenDirector of Sport and Exercise, the University of Edinburgh


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