Weekly Report - March 21-27th29 March 2016
As many sporting seasons now start to ramp up, many of our scholars were in action in the last week and there was success in a variety of sports.
Shooting sisters Jennifer and Seonaid McIntosh were in imperious form at the Isle of Man Easter shoot. Edinburgh College student Jen picked up wins in the 50m Prone Rifle and the 50m Three Position Rifle and Heriot-Watt's Seonaid finished second in both events, with the sisters setting new British Senior and Junior Records, respectively, in the Three Positions final. The two teamed up to take gold in the Rifle Pairs event and were part of the Scottish Target Shooting squad which won the Team of Four Rifle to conclude a successful weekend.
Callum Hawkins (University of the West of Scotland) also had individual and team success at the weekend when he competed in the World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff, Wales. Despite the poor weather, Callum ran in 1:02:51 to finish fifteenth in a very strong field, helping his Great Britain team, which inclded Mo Farah, to fourth overall - their best position in 23 years.
The Triathlon season is now underway and the Scottish Water National Duathlon Championships was the first of the Championship races in the multisport season. Fergus Roberts (University of Stirling) was on the Scottish Championship podium a few times in 2015 without taking gold but bridged that gap in Stirling on Sunday where his time of 1:57:57 saw him take the first Scottish title of the season.
Rachel Hannen (University of Glasgow) was the alternate for Team Muirhead, who represented Scotland at the Ford World Women's Curling Championship in Saskatchewan, Canada. Despite the week starting well, losses in the last three games of the round robin meant Scotland failed to qualify for the knockout stages. Back home, Team Mouat exited the Aberdeen International at the quarter final stage but the points gained were enough to secure the overall Scottish Curling Tour Championships for Bruce Mouat, Bobby Lammie (both Edinburgh Napier University), and Gregor Cannon (University of Strathclyde). A Senior title to add to the World Junior Championship they picked up earlier in March.
Several of our Orienteering scholars were at the Jan Kjellström Festival in Yorkshire, one of the key events on the Orienteering calendar and a Team GB trial event for World Cup races in Poland and Czech Republic in May. Some strong performances throughout the weekend saw Daniel Stansfield and Alexander Chepelin (both University of Edinburgh) secure first and second overall, respectively, in the M20E category. Although there were no more medals, Jonathan Crickmore (Heriot-Watt University) finished fourth in the M21E and there were fifth placed finishes for Fay Walsh (W20E) and Charlotte Watson (W21E) and sixth place for Sarah Jones (W20E) and Andrew Barr (M20E), all of whom are based at the University of Edinburgh's Centre of Excellence.
Also on GB trial duty were Rowers Lewis McCue (Robert Gordon University), Robyn Hart-Winks, and Maddie Arlett (both University of Edinburgh). Part of a record Scottish contingent competing at Caversham, the scholars used the trials as an opportunity to continue their development in the sport, with Robyn saying she felt "very lucky to have had the opportunity to race against some of the best athletes in the world" and was treating it as a great learning experience.
University of the West of Scotland Badminton start Kirsty Gilmour faces a tough challenge at the Yonex Sunrise India Open in New Delhi this week as her first round match in the women's singles is against the fourth seed.
Triathletes Alice Jenkins (University of Edinburgh), Douglas Roberts, and Julie Nimmo (both University of Stirling) will travel to Windsor Park for the Windsor Park Duathlon, which is the British Duathlon Championship and part of the British Super Series.
Isla Short (University of Stirling) will hope to build on her successful return to mountain bike racing earlier in the month when she competes in the British Cycling MTB Cross-Country Series race in Llanelli, Wales.
The golf season kicks off for our scholars this week with the Scottish Student Sport Women's Matchplay at Moray Park Golf Club, whilst there are other SSS Championships in Curling and Athletics.