Two Robert Gordon University (RGU) sport scholars have been recognised by a national sports initiative with additional funding to help them compete against the best athletes in the world.
Pharmacy student and curler Derrick Sloan received £2,500 from Winning Students, Scotland’s national sports scholarship programme. Applied Sport and Exercise Science student and rower Lewis McCue received £2,383.
The student athletes, who also benefit from academic flexibility and support from their lecturers, will use the scholarships to enhance their training and are aiming for success in the coming months.
Derrick won a bronze medal at the World Junior Curling Championships in Estonia this year as part of Team Mouat.
He said: “Winning Students has been a brilliant addition to the support provided to me as a funded athlete. It comes in very handy in allowing me to balance the costs of student living along with that of the costs to compete.
“Having their financial support allows me to focus more on my training. It also means I have the financial stability to not be dependent on an intensive part-time work regime. This is crucial in allowing me to compete at the highest level whilst maintaining my university workload.”
Lewis, who won a silver medal at Under 23 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria representing Great Britain, added: “Winning Students provide money to help with training camps and competition costs as well as living costs to make my life easier as a student athlete.
“The support is really good and I appreciate that I would not have been able to row at the level I am now without their support over the last four years.”
Both students are looking forward to success at competitions in the coming months.
Derrick said: “I aim to compete in the some of the larger Scottish competitions including the Dumfries Challenge, Scottish Men’s Finals and Aberdeen International.
“I have recently competed in some big events, reaching the quarter-finals twice and finished second in the Forfar Open.”
He added: “I aim to finish my degree in Pharmacy and I’ve been able to work out an arrangement with British Curling to allow me to operate on a reduced competition schedule this year whilst maintaining my training regime.”
Lewis said: “Over the winter period I’m looking to get down to some hard training and aim to win a Gold medal at the U23 World championships this year in Rotterdam.
“As well as this I hope to get a Gold medal at the BUCS Regatta in May and hopefully rank highly at internal GB testing.”
Campbell Scott, Sports Programmes Manager at RGU Sport, said: “Lewis and Derrick are both model student athletes who have earned recognition and success at the highest level of their respective sports.
“The support they receive from Winning Students as well as the university’s Sport Scholarship programme has been a huge benefit and enables them to excel against the best student athletes in the world whilst also continuing their academic studies.”
Dan DiackRGU Communications Office