Weekly Report - January 26-February 2nd2 February 2016
Some of our young curlers won the right to represent Scotland last weekend, whilst two shooting scholars were setting British records.
Bruce Mouat (Edinburgh Napier University) was hoping his team could retain the Scottish Junior Championships they won in 2015 and Sophie Jackson (SRUC) was looking to pick up the title in her first season as skip. Team Mouat, which includes Gregor Cannon (University of Strathclyde) and Bobby Lammie (Edinburgh Napier University) won all seven of their group games before triumphing over Team Whyte and Team McNay in the knockout phase to pick up the title. Sophie led Rachael Halliday (University of Strathclyde) and Rachel Hannen (University of Glasgow) to second place in the group stage with Team Jackson before defeating first placed Team Murray in the page match and again in the final to be crowned Scottish Junior Champions. Victories mean that Teams Mouat and Jackson will represent Scotland at the World Junior Championships in Denmark later in the season.
Shooting sisters Jennifer (Edinburgh College) and Seonaid McIntosh (Heriot-Watt University) both set British records at the ISSF IWK Munich. Competing in the 10m Air Rifle, Jennifer finished 6th in the first event, shooting a record 419.8, before finishing 12th in the second event. Seonaid’s 416.4 in the second event helped her to 20th place and a British Junior Record.
Kirsty Gilmour (University of the West of Scotland) was competing at the Syed Modi International in India but couldn't match her runner up performance of the previous week. The eighth seed reached the quarter final before losing out but was buoyed by the news that she had risen to 18th in the world rankings, her highest position since 2014.
Scotland's women's football team travelled to Gothenburg for their first fixture of the year but couldn't take their UEFA European Championship Qualification form to this friendly, going down 6-0 to a Sweden side ranked eighth in the world.
The Accord Aberdeen City Open starts on Friday and will see our curlers take to the ice once more in the penultimate event of the Scottish Curling Tour.
Student athletes across the country will converge on the Emirates Arena on Saturday and Sunday as the Scottish Universities Indoor Athletics Championships come to Glasgow.