Weekend of sporting success for Stirling athletes

Maia Lumsden tennis
Sports Studies student, Maia Lumsden, won the LTA British Tour event which was hosted at the University.

Athletes from the University of Stirling made their mark across the continent this past weekend as members of the University’s high performance sport programme competed in a number of national and international competitions. Curling, golf, swimming and tennis stars were all in action, enjoying a number of podium finishes at their respective events.

Here are some of the latest sporting headlines.

Curling

Stirling curler, Sophie Jackson, who is studying an MSc in Psychology of Sport, led Team Jackson, including fellow scholars, Naomi Brown and Mili Smith, to the semi-final of the Scottish Curling Junior Championships where they fell to eventual winners, Team Morrison.

The team, looking to retain their title won in 2017, managed to force an extra end but a final hit from the Team Morrison skip meant they lost out by a single point.

Golf

Third-year Psychology and Sport Studies student, Chloe Goadby’s fine run of form continued into the new season as she finished in a tie for third place at the Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Championship.

Battling tough conditions, Goadby kept in touch with the leaders throughout the tournament before finishing two shots back after the final round. In what was her highest ever placing in an international event to date, the performance illustrates Goadby's impressive ongoing progession and will also see her improve her world amateur ranking. Stirling teammates, Gemma Batty (T17) and Hazel MacGarvie (T25), also made the cut in Portugal to cap off a strong showing for the University’s High Performance Golf Programme.

Swimming

Six Stirling swimmers were competing at the Euro Swim Meet in Luxembourg with Aimee Wilmott, Ross Murdoch, Duncan Scott and Kathleen Dawson representing Team GB, while Calum Bain and Jamie Graham were part of the Swim Ireland squad.

Wilmott enjoyed multiple successes, winning gold in the 200m medley and 4x100m medley events as well as a silver in the 400m medley. Murdoch brought home two silvers in the 100m and 200m breaststroke events while Dawson and Scott were part of the silver medal-winning team in the 4x100m medley. Scott then went on to secure silver in the 200m individual medley and narrowly missed out on a podium place in the 100m freestyle, finishing in fourth place.

Tennis

The British Tour came to Stirling this past week and the University athletes did not disappoint as scholar, Maia Lumsden, and coach and former student, Nick Rosenzweig, won the women’s and men’s singles titles.

There were three Stirling players in the semi-finals of the women’s draw, as Lumsden defeated teammate Natasha Fourouclas before going on to overcome another fellow scholar, Ingrid Vojcinakova, in the final.

In the men’s draw, Rosenzweig, who coaches the University’s successful women’s squad, was dominant throughout the tournament and, despite losing the second set, closed out the final in similar fashion.

Commenting on the weekend’s action, the University of Stirling’s Head of Performance Sport, David Bond, said: “Whether it’s local events, national championships or competing on an international stage, our athletes continue to deliver regular success and there were some fine performances this weekend. Special mention to Chloe and team who had to play in some really tricky conditions over in Portugal, yet still managed to come away with a fantastic result!”

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