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Athletes gear up for Gold Coast Games

Some 28 students, coaches and alumni from the University will be in action at the Commonwealth Games over the next two weeks.

Edinburgh athletes will take part in seven sports on Australia’s Gold Coast – swimming, athletics, squash, netball, table tennis, hockey and rugby.

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

Commonwealth Games medallists

Four previous Commonwealth Games medallists will be competing in Australia.

Eilidh Doyle will take part in the 400 metre hurdles and 4 x 400 metre relay. Eilidh won relay bronze at the 2016 Olympic Games and has twice won silver in the 400 metre hurdles.

Chemistry student Corrie Scott was a bronze medallist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She will be aiming for further success in the 50 metre and 100 metre breaststroke events in Australia.

Lizzie Simmonds competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics when she was just 17. She has since won silver in the 200 metre backstroke at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and competed in London 2012. Lizzie is one of the University’s elite swim programme athletes.

Daniel Wallace has his sights set high after winning three Commonwealth medals in Glasgow four years ago. He took gold in the 400 metre individual medley and silver in the 200 metre individual medley and 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay in 2014. He also won a silver medal in the 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Swimming hopes

Thirteen Edinburgh swimmers will be competing at the Gold Coast.

Mechanical Engineering undergraduate Kieran McGuckin will take to the pool in the freestyle swimming event alongside Sport and Recreation Management student Jack Thorpe.

Swimming hopes will also be high for David Cumberlidge, who achieved gold at the 2017 British Championships, recording the fourth fastest time of any British swimmer in history. 

Nineteen-year-old Kat Greenslade won a number of medals in the 2015 Samoa Youth Commonwealth Games. She will represent Wales in freestyle swimming.

Sport Science student Grace Reid was the first British woman to make an Olympic final in the 3 metre springboard event in 2016. She will compete in a number of diving events in Australia

Business student Lucy Hope will compete in freestyle and backstroke events.

Hockey teams

Six of the eight University hockey players going to the Gold Coast will be competing at a Commonwealth Games for the first time.

Rugby refereeing

The University will be represented in the rugby sevens by Hollie Davidson, Scotland’s first female professional referee.

Former Scotland’s under-20’s player Hollie graduated from the University with a degree in Economic History in 2014.

Supporting roles

Sport and Exercise’s lead swimming coach Chris Jones will be working with the Scottish swim team.

The University’s Men’s hockey coach Graham Moodie and Women’s coach Sam Judge will take charge of the Scotland hockey teams in Australia.

Fitness Assessment and Sports Injuries Centre (FASIC) Director Alistair Nichol will be part of Games’ medical team.

Graduate success

Also taking part are four Edinburgh graduates: Scotland’s number one squash player Alan Clyne (Physical Education), netball players Emily Nicholl (Law) and Claire Brownie (Physical Education) and table tennis champion Craig Howieson (Physical Education).

The University has had some great successes at recent Commonwealth Games and we’re delighted to see such an amazing contingent of athletes heading out to the Gold Coast. This is without doubt our biggest and best involvement so far in a Commonwealth Games and illustrates the strength and vibrancy of our sport offer at the University.

Jim AitkenDirector, Sport and Exercise, the University of Edinburgh

Links 

Gold Coast Games 2018

Sport and Exercise