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Weekly Report - February 22-28th

29 February 2016
Robyn Hart-Winks takes a well-earned rest after her victorious performance at the World Indoor Rowing Championships.

Robyn Hart-Winks takes a well-earned rest after her victorious performance at the World Indoor Rowing Championships.

Robyn Hart-Winks has been crowned World Indoor Rowing Champion after winning the Women's Lightweight competition in Boston, USA.

Having only taken up the sport when she arrived at the University of Edinburgh, Robyn won the Scottish Indoor Championship in November and qualified for the Worlds - you can read about her journey in the sport here. Her performance in Boston was the epitome of consistency with each 500m on the rowing ergometer coming between 1:46 and 1:47 seconds, leading her to a personal best of 7:06.0 over 2000m and securing her world title.

It wasn't all plain sailing for Robyn, however: "the girl who came second put in quite a big push and sat ahead of me for a bit," she said. "The whole race was really exciting because there was only a few metres between us for most of the way.

"It wasn't until the last 100m or so that I started to believe I was going to win, and I was hugely relieved when I was finally able to put the handle down and I had won!"

Despite being fairly new to the sport, there was a level of expectation for robyn before the event started: "I felt quite under pressure coming over here to compete as I knew I had a chance of coming in the top three and possibly winning.

"I was really pleased with how I performed and how I coped under the pressure; to have won and pulled a PB in the process feels so great!"

Grace Reid (University of Edinburgh) was also in Worlds action, competing at the FINA Diving World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a test event for the 2016 Olympics. We reported last week that Grace had secured a spot in the 3m Springboard semi final and although she was unable to match her earlier performance in the semi final and missed out on a spot in the final, she returned home having gained GB a 3m Springboard place at the Rio Olympics.

Shooting sisters Jennifer (Edinburgh College) and Seonaid McIntosh (Heriot-Watt University) were in Hungary competing at the European 10m Championships. In qualifying, Seonaid finished 32nd with Jennifer coming fourth and booking her place in the final a few hours later. Jennifer did enough to finish fifth in the final, her best ever placing in a senior air rifle competition.

Some of our younger scholars were competing in the Lindsays Scottish Cross Country Championships in Falkirk on Saturday. Triathletes Cameron Harris (University of Dundee) and Julie Nimmo (University of Stirling) joined orienteers Jennifer Ricketts and Sarah Jones (both University of Edinburgh) on the start lists for the U20s events. All four athletes finished in the top 25 of their respective races with Julie placing best in 12th.

Looking Ahead

Kirsty Gilmour (University of the West of Scotland), who was last in action at the start of February when she won the women's singles and doubles at the Scottish National Badminton Championships, starts a busy couple of months with the YONEX German Open in Mülheim tomorrow.

The World Junior Curling Championships kick off in Copenhagen, Germany on Friday and Scotland's male and female teams both contain several scholars. Bruce Mouat (Edinburgh Napier University) and Sophie Jackson (SRUC) hope to lead their teams to medals with Bobby Lammie (Edinburgh Napier University) and Gregor Cannon (University of Strathclyde) part of Team Mouat, and Team Jackson having Rachael Halliday (University of Strathclyde) and Rachel Hannen (University of Glasgow) in their ranks.

We also have swimmers in action in Bangor, Northern Ireland at the Swim Ulster/Dave McCullagh International Meet.