Gold Coast stars toasted at celebratory reception

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BBC presenter Dougie Vipond

A celebratory reception was held this past week to recognise the achievements of the University of Stirling’s Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games athletes.

The event, hosted by BBC presenter Dougie Vipond, saw University staff, athletes and stakeholders come together to hear about the athletes’ experiences on the Gold Coast which resulted in the group bringing home a total of 11 medals.

Speaking at the event, University Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gerry McCormac, said at the event: "As Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, we have made a long-term commitment to finding and nurturing great talent and, we believe, it’s down to our brilliant and professional coaching; and giving our students the academic flexibility required to achieve their sporting goals and gain a degree that will open doors for them in the future."

View a gallery of photos from the reception event.

Gold Coast students

University Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gerry McCormac (centre) with Gold Coast athletes (l-r): Calum Bain, Scott McLay, Ross Murdoch, Kathleen Dawson, Aimee Willmott, Craig McLean, Craig Benson, Steven Tigg and Duncan Scott.