Psychology student’s contribution to diving is recognised at sports awards

Gemma McArthur has been nominated as Outstanding First Year Athlete by the Edinburgh University Sports Union

Congratulations to first year Psychology student Gemma McArthur, who has been nominated for the Captain St Garner trophy for diving.  

The Captain St Garner trophy is reserved for first year students who have been recognised for their outstanding achievement and contribution in a sport.

This recognition means a lot to me. The University has an excellent depth in performance sport, so to be highlighted as a nominee is amazing.

Gemma McArthurPsychology student

McArthur will be joined by fellow nominees at the Sports Union Ball 2020 on Thursday, 23 January 2020. 

Sports Union Ball 2020

Gemma McArthur diving

Medallist at Summer Universiade 2019

McArthur’s contribution to diving includes representing the University of Edinburgh at the 30th Summer Universiade, also known as World University Games, held in Naples, Italy.

Hosted by the International University Sports Federation, the Summer Universiade takes place every two years in different cities.

Competing against 22 other divers from universities around the globe, McArthur earned the bronze medal in the Women’s Platform Diving final.

30th Summer Universiade – Napoli 2019

Lessons learned

Over the last 12 years, the sport has taught McArthur valuable lessons both on and off the diving board.

Diving has taught me to become more mentally resilient and dedicated. It requires an element of grit, determination and toughness to keep trying even if skills do not go your way at first.

Gemma McArthur

With an interest in forensic psychology, McArthur plans to continue to compete and hone her diving skills until she graduates in 2022.

Related links

Edinburgh University Sports Union

Psychology at the University of Edinburgh