Trio enters Sports Hall of Fame

Three leading figures from hockey, netball and squash have been inducted into the University’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Physical Education graduates Sarah Wilson, Claire Maxwell and Alan Clyne have been honoured for their success at the highest level in their sports.

Principal's message 

Video: Trio enter the University's Sports Hall of Fame 2020
The University of Edinburgh's Sports Hall of Fame was launched in 2008 to honour and celebrate our most distinguished sports people. There are 41 inductees across 20 sports! The University of Edinburgh's Principal Professor Peter Mathieson welcomes the 2020 athletes and honours their achievements and accolades.

Hockey Umpiring

After graduating in 2012, Sarah Wilson has gone on to become one of the world’s foremost hockey umpires and has presided over medal matches at the European Championships, World Cups and Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

Her addition to the University’s Hall of Fame exemplifies the important role officials play in delivering sport at every level.

Netball international

Claire Maxwell has earned more than 100 senior caps for Scotland.

A former first team captain of Edinburgh University Netball Club, she graduated in 2009 and has since become an inspirational leader for Scottish Netball.

Squash Success

Alan Clyne is one of Scotland’s most decorated squash players, achieving success on both the European and World Stage and at multiple Commonwealth Games.

While at University, with the support of the Individual Performance Programme, Alan became the first Edinburgh student to win the British Universities Championship and achieved medal success at the World University Squash Championships. 

He graduated in 2008 before joining the professional tour where he has now played in 190 tournaments, clinched eight tour titles and earned more than 150 international caps for Scotland.

We are delighted to welcome these three exceptional and inspiring sports stars into the University’s Sports Hall of Fame.  They have all excelled in their chosen sports and their successes epitomise the University’s rich heritage in sport, and our sector leading commitments to student centred programmes in sports development, performance and volunteering.

Jim AitkenDirector, Sport & Exercise, the University of Edinburgh

World Class Talent

Edinburgh’s Hall of Fame now boasts more than 40 world class athletes across 20 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.

Virtual induction

This year, in a new weeklong celebration across University social media, University Principal Professor Peter Mathieson honoured each athlete’s achievements and accolades and welcomed them into the Hall of Fame.

Each inductee is celebrated with an honour board displayed in the Sport Hall of Fame Gallery in the Pleasance Sports Complex and Gym. The new boards were unveiled by current Edinburgh students from each of the represented sports.

Performance Programme

Many of Edinburgh’s elite athletes have been supported by the University’s Performance Programme. This provides tailored fitness conditioning, sports medicine care and mentoring support  to help students succeed at the highest level,  including access to top class competition and training facilities, advice and flexible study options.

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