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Trio of athletes enter Hall of Fame

A judo Paralympian, a canoeist and an outstanding archer are this year’s additions to the University’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Judoka Sam Ingram is a pioneer of disability sport with an inspiring track record of success.

Sam claimed a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and won silver at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

He becomes the first athlete with a disability to be inducted into the University’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Canoeist Eilidh Gibson was part of the Great Britain team that won a clean sweep of gold medals at the Senior World, Senior European and World U23 Championships in 2017-18. 

Eilidh has scooped a series of individual titles at the British University & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Canoe Championships, winning gold in 2015 and 2017 and silver in 2016.  

She was jointly awarded the Eva Bailey Cup for outstanding female athlete of 2017/18 along with Sarah Prieels.   

Sarah is a world-class archer with a string of global titles and records, most of which she has achieved while pursuing a Master’s degree at Edinburgh.

She won a silver medal at the World University Archery Championships in Mongolia in 2016 and took the European Outdoor and Indoor titles in the same year.

In recent years, she has won many national titles and honours in her native Belgium.

Blues and Colours

The Hall of Fame newcomers were welcomed by University’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Mathieson in front of an audience that included some of Edinburgh’s leading student sports stars.

The ceremony took place at Edinburgh’s annual celebration of sporting excellence, the Blues and Colours sports dinner on Tuesday, 29 May.

Hall of Fame

Edinburgh’s Hall of Fame now boasts 35 world-class athletes across 15 sports. Previous inductees include six-time Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, Olympic gold medallist rower Dame Katherine Grainger and Olympic 400 metre running champion Eric Liddell.

Inductees must be a student or graduate of the University and a medal winner at a major games – either Olympic, Commonwealth, Paralympic, World or European.

Alternatively, they must have made a significant number of appearances at senior level for their country. Induction to the Sports Hall of Fame is the highest sporting honour the University can bestow.

Performance Programme

Many of Edinburgh’s Olympic athletes have been supported by the University’s Performance Programme.

The Programme offers leading performers a range of assistance to help them succeed on the world sporting stage.

Support is offered through 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.

Our Sports Hall of Fame celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and it's wonderful that all three of our latest inductees are current students. This is credit to their world class ability and underlines the University's reputation as a leading destination for gifted students who wish to jointly pursue their academic and sporting ambitions.

Jim AitkenDirector, Sport and Exercise, the University of Edinburgh

Links 

University of Edinburgh Sport and Exercise

Performance Sport Programme