Women pioneers enter Sports Hall of Fame

Three trailblazing female athletes have become the latest additions to the University’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Co-founder of Europe’s first ladies golfing tour Cathy Panton-Lewis, Commonwealth shooting champion Shirley McIntosh, and world champion orienteer Yvette Baker are all receiving the highest sporting honour the university can bestow.

This is the first all-female list of inductees since the awards began three years ago.

Among the greats

Previous inductees, all of whom developed their love of sport while studying or working at the university, include cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, athlete Eric Liddell, rugby star Gregor Townsend and footballer Julie Fleeting.

Panton-Lewis was named Scottish Sportswoman of the Year in 1976 whilst a student at the university.

After graduation she became a founding member of the Ladies European Tour in 1978 and won its first order of merit.

Gunning for glory

McIntosh picked up her first gun during Freshers’ Week.

She went on to win the first prone gold for women at the Commonwealth Games in 1994.

Her long-standing national records are only now being beaten by her daughter Jennifer, who won two golds and a bronze in last year’s games in Delhi.

World champion

Baker is Britain’s most successful orienteer.

At the 1999 World Championships in Inverness she won the short event, becoming the first Briton to win gold at the highest level.

All three developed through University to become champions of their respective sports but what sets them truly apart is that they have been pioneers too. They have taken the level of performance in their sport to new heights and achieved world firsts.

Jim AitkenDirector, Centre for Sport and Exercise
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