Stirling student freezes out competition at World University Games

Team GB on the ice
Team GB on the ice in Almaty, Kazakhstan

University of Stirling student Bobby Lambie has won a gold medal at the 2017 World University Winter Games as part of the Team GB’s men’s curling team.

The Sport and Exercise Science undergraduate student kept his cool and helped the British boys defeat Sweden by 8 points to 6, making it 11 wins in a row for the group since the competition, held in Kazakhstan, got underway last week.

Bobby, who is an International Sports Scholarship student at Stirling, is also supported by the national scholarship programme, Winning Students. The backing allows him to balance training and competition at the highest level with study for a University degree.

Raleigh Gowrie, Sports Performance Manager at the University, said: “Bobby and the rest of the British men’s curling team deserve to be applauded for their outstanding performance at the 2017 World University Winter Games. Their unblemished score sheet indicates the level of talent in the sport at the moment.

“At Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence we support students who want to compete at the highest level in a number of sports. Curling is no different and we are now working with our partners in the sport to support curling athletes for the first time. With plans for a new National Curling Centre in Stirling underway, we believe we are best-placed to support young athletes looking to progress in the sport.”

Team GBR Chef de Mission, Neil Rogers added: “It’s an amazing achievement by Bruce, Derrick, Bobby, Gregor and Alasdair, and follows a rich tradition of GB curling success at the Universiade – we are all immensely proud of our new World Champions!”

Stirling was also represented at the Winter University Games by postgraduate student Rachel Hannen, who competed in the women’s curling team. The team finished fifth after narrowly missing a place in the semi-finals. The students were joined Students’ Union sports development coordinator Christopher Purdie who attended as part of the Team GB official delegation.

2,000 student-athletes from 55 countries competed across 12 sporting disciplines at this year’s World University Winter Games.

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