Scotland’s future Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth hopeful student athletes have been selected for a national sports scholarship.
More than 120 athletes studying in colleges and universities across the country will receive funding support from Winning Students during the 2011-12 academic year.
Students include swimmer Robbie Renwick, pictured second from the right, from the University of Strathclyde, who is training towards the London 2012 Olympic Games and University of Stirling Mathematics student Marc Austin, pictured far right, bidding to be on the starting line for triathlon at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
They were joined at the 2011-12 athlete announcement by, pictured from left to right: University of Glasgow student Nicola Skrastin, a Scotland U21 Hockey international; Glasgow Caledonian University student and Scottish curler Anna Sloan and paralympic hopeful swimmer Scott Quin, studying Sports Coaching at Edinburgh's Telford College.
Winning Students provides scholarships up to £5,500 each year, which students can put towards sporting costs and academic-related expenses, while the programme also ensures the student receives the necessary academic flexibility enabling them to perform in both their sport and their studies.
Athletes are identified and nominated through partnership with nine governing bodies and the sportscotland institute of sport, while further Individual Scholarships are offered to students competing in other sports.
Now in its fourth year, Winning Students has established a network of Scottish colleges and universities with the capacity to support the nation’s best student athletes.
Winning Students Programme Co-ordinator Jason Atkins said: “Some of the most talented young athletes are currently combining their sport with study and the Winning Students scholarships recognise this. I am delighted the programme is able to support so many athletes and wish them every success in the years to come.”