Athletes make a splash at World Games

Two Edinburgh athletes have been successful at the World University Games.

David Cumberlidge took home the gold medal in the 50 metre freestyle and Gemma McArthur picked up bronze from the 10 metre platform.

The Games – known as the Summer Universiade – attracted some 10,000 participants from more than 150 countries to Naples, Italy, from the 3 to 14 July.

The Summer Universiade – the second largest multisport games in the world –  is staged every two years in a different city.

Edinburgh swimmers

Kathryn Greenslade, Commonwealth Games and European Championship medallist, and Millie Fowler, a National Cup title winner also represented Team GB in the pool. 

The University’s Performance Swim programme was also be represented by Daniel Lim, who competed in the pool for Malaysia.


The University was represented by a number of Team GB officials and coaches.

Performance Swim Assistant Head Coach Mat Trodden provided poolside coaching for Team GB’s swimmers. 

Edinburgh’s Head of Sport Development Ross Simpson acted as Deputy Chef de Mission.

Edinburgh Alumnus and Sports Hall of Fame Inductee Donald McIntosh took the role of Team Lead and coach for the shooting team.  

Performance Programme

Many of Edinburgh’s elite athletes are supported by the University’s Performance Programme. The programme provides funding, tailored fitness conditioning and sports medicine care.

The Programme also offers access to top class competition and training facilities, advice and flexible study options.

Related Links 

Summer University Games

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