Individual Performance Athletes Storm Through First Semester
Our 21 athletes on the Individual Performance Programme have had a semester of success
We have had a hugely successful semester of sport at Edinburgh from BUCS to international competition our athletes have represented the University and their countries across the world and we have so much to celebrate within our Performance Programme.
Georgia Adderley, Applied Sports Science – Squash
Georgia has had an excellent season taking the British Junior Championships U19 title and the BUCS Individuals title. Coming up in the New Year for Georgia is the British Junior Open in January which is her final junior event before joining senior circuit.
Katriona Allen, Applied Sports Science – Squash
Kat has had another busy year travelling Australia to compete in the summer and came back to University to take bronze in BUCS Individuals. She now looks to the Gosforth Open just before Christmas.
Ross Beattie, Biological Sciences (Zoology) – Diving
Ross’ first semester at the University has been great – he has seen success at the Scottish National and Open Diving Championships. He placed 2nd in both the Men’s 1m and 3m finals in the National Category and also took gold in the 1st Men’s 3m Synchro, paired with James Heatly. The next competition on the horizon is British Nationals in January.
Tom Diggle, Landscape Architecture – Shooting
Tom had an excellent start to the year taking bronze at the Scottish Target Shooting Air Rifle Grand Prix. He has since battled an injury but now looks ahead to 2020 and the GB Qualifying Match in January.
Millie Fowler, Chemical Engineering – Diving
Millie has competed at the Scottish National and Open Diving Championships where she placed 3rd in team event with Lucas Thomson, and in the Women’s 1m Springboard she took 2nd place in preliminary stages followed by 6th place overall in the final.
Hannah Gray, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering – Skiing
Hannah’s highlights this semester come from BUCS Dryslope (BUDS), where she raced down the slopes into 4th place in Giant Slalom and on to the podium taking bronze in Slalom and gold in the team duals. She now looks towards January and her upcoming competitions.
Niamh Harper, Chemical Physics – Sailing
Niamh has enjoyed success this semester at the 470 Ranker Weymouth where she finished in 5th place.
Chris Kumesu-Egri, Mechanical Engineering with Management – Judo
Chris has had a sensational few months which began with a 1st place finish at the U21 Commonwealth Championships in the -81kg category and his success continued as he recently competed in his first British Senior Championships and came away in 3rd place and a spot on the GB Team for the next year.
Anna McGorum, Veterinary Medicine – Cycling
Anna has been busy on the bike securing the top spot at the Peebles Cycling Club Hill Climb, finishing 6th at the BUCS Hill Climb and a sensational 6th place Junior finish at the Scottish National Hill Climb Championships. Continuing her competitive success she took on the Fife College Cyclocross, to come out 4th overall, and 2nd in the Scottish Student Sport Cyclocross Championships.
John Meehan, Economics and Statistics – Squash
John has had a great first semester here with us, in October he competed in the Scottish Senior Gold Event finishing in 7th place and he went on to come in the top 20 at the British Junior Championships. Coming to the end of the year he is looking towards the Scottish Junior Open and British Junior Open as well as Scottish National competitions in 2020.
Holly Page, Ecological and Environmental Sciences – Athletics & Cross Country
Holly’s season has seen huge success consistently taking to the podium. In the East Scotland Cross Country Relays she took silver and at the U20 Scottish Short Course Cross Country Championships she came in third. Her highlight has to be retaining the top spot at the Scottish Cross Country Relays for the fourth year running! Holly next big run is the BUCS Cross Country Championships here in Edinburgh in February.
Ajda Remskar, Performance Psychology - Climbing
Ajda has had a great start to the year, she took the win at the Flashpoint Bristol leg of the Blokfest finals climbing competition in December.
Lewis Smith, Sports and Recreation Management – Sailing
The last few months have been a great success for Lewis, firstly coming in the top 10 at the UK Senior World and Euro Qualifier in September followed by a 19th place finish at the October leg of the qualifier. He went on to take gold at the BUCS Fleet Racing National Championships in November for Edinburgh.
Our other individual athletes have their focus set on the upcoming season including our track and field athletes, Calum Henderson, Ché Richards, Howard Bell and Sarah Calvert, sailor Gillies Munro, canoe sprinter Zoe Clark, windsurfer Erin Watson, and diver Gemma McArthur, who is currently in Rio de Janeiro at a GB diving camp.