Weekly Report - March 8-13th15 March 2016
Three of our scholars were crowned World Champions at the weekend at the World Junior Curling Championships.
Bruce Mouat (Edinburgh Napier University) led his Scotland team, including Bobby Lammie (Edinburgh Napier University) and Gregor Cannon (University of Strathclyde), to victory in Denmark. After seven wins and two losses in the group stage, Team Mouat faced USA in the 1v2 playoff, which they won to secure their place in the final. USA bounced back from the playoff defeat to win in the semi final and set up another match against Team Mouat but a strong start from the Scots meant they were in control throughout and won 6-4 to take the world title.
The result was still sinking in for the skip after the match: "Bruce Mouat - World Champion, that sounds pretty cool."
Sophie Jackson (Scotland's Rural College) was skip of fellow scholars Rachael Halliday (University of Strathclyde) and Rachel Hannen (University of Glasgow) for Scotland's women at the WJCC but they were unable to reach the knockout stages, finishing with two wins and seven losses in the group.
There was a Winning Students one-two at the Scottish 10m Shooting Championships on Saturday as Jennifer McIntosh (Edinburgh College) was crowned Scottish Champion for the sixth time in eight years with her sister Seonaid (Heriot-Watt University) coming second.
The Edinburgh International Swim Meet saw a number of our swimming scholars in action in the capital. The freestyle races were profitable for our scholars with Stephen Milne (Perth College UHI) winning the 200m and 400m events and coming second in the 1500m and Camilla Hattersley (University of Glasgow) winning both the 400m and 800m races. There were plenty of other podium finishes too with Corrie Scott (University of Edinburgh) picking up a silver and two bronze medals, a feat matched by Craig McNally (Heriot-Watt University), and University of Stirling swimmers Craig Benson and Ross Murdoch each coming away with top three finishes in breaststroke events.
Scotland's footballers were in international action during the week, with the A squad facing Spain in Falkirk and the U19s playing their second challenge match in a week in Portugal. Kirsty Smith (Heriot-Watt University) started for the A squad with Chloe Arthur (Edinburgh College) and Lizzie Arnot (Edinburgh Napier University) coming off the bench as Scotland conceded a late goal to draw 1-1. Scotland's U19s made it two wins from two with captain Abi Harrison (Edinburgh College) scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win against Czech Republic.
Cyclist Isla Short (University of Stirling) was racing at the Copa Catalana BTT International in Banyoles, Spain on Sunday - her first mountain bike race for almost ten months. Isla finished strongly in a field including some of the world's best to come a very respectable twelfth.
The Yonex All England Open did not prove as fruitful as our badminton scholars would have hoped with Kirsty Gilmour (University of the West of Scotland) losing in the first round of the women's singles and men's doubles pair Martin Campbell (The Open University) and Patrick MacHugh (University of Strathclyde) unable to make it out of the qualifiers into the main draw.
It's a busy week for University of Stirling judoka Rachel Tytler as she comeptes at the European Junior Cup in Coimbra, Portugal before travelling to Bad Blankenburg, Germany for the International Thuringia Cup.
Keiran Steer (Fife College) is competing at the Boccia World Individual Championships in Beijing, China, while Kirsty Gilmour will look to put the disappointment of the All England Open behind her as she travels to Basel for the Swiss Open, and Rachel Hannen has been called up as the alternate for Scotland and the Ford World Women's Curling Championship in Saskatchewan, Canada.