Olympic swimmers confident of success

The Team GB Swimming squad has spent its final training session at the University of Edinburgh, ahead of the start of London 2012.

Members of the 44 athlete team have split their time between training at the University’s Centre for Sport and Exercise and the nearby Royal Commonwealth Pool.

Two members of the team have close links with the University and will compete in the same event.

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Michael Jamieson and three-times gold medallist at the Commonwealth Youth Games Craig Benson are both taking part in the 100 metres breaststroke. Michael will also compete in the 200 metres breaststroke.


In this film, Michael and Craig explain why competing at London 2012 means so much to them.

Edinburgh’s Olympic hopes

In addition to current students Michael and Craig, Edinburgh alumni are competing in a wide range of events at London 2012.

Cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, who studied Sports Science at Edinburgh, will compete in two events - the Keirin and Team Pursuit - events in which he took gold at Beijing 2008. He will also be the Team GB flagbearer at the opening ceremony.

Katherine Grainger, who started her rowing career while studying law at Edinburgh, is hoping to build on her three previous Olympic silver medals, as she competes in the Double Scull with partner Anna Watkins.

Former Edinburgh students will also compete in athletics, hockey and judo.

Next generation

Edinburgh is helping nurture future athletic success through its recently launched Eric Liddell High Performance Sports Scholarships, named in honour of the legendary Edinburgh alumnus who clinched gold at the 1924 Paris Olympics.

The new scholarship fund will help ensure that every student athlete is given the opportunity to achieve their full sporting potential, no matter their financial circumstances.

Supporting sporting achievements

University societies cater for 24 of the 26 Olympic sporting disciplines. Edinburgh students and alumni have won 12 Olympic medals.

If the University were a country, it would be placed 56th in the all-time medal list. The University has been in the top six universities for sport in the UK for the last six years.