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Important Support for SRUC’s Winning Curlers and Squash Players

Published Wednesday, 31st October 2012 in Study at SRUC news

Yet more SRUC students have been recognised for their sporting achievements.

Hazel SmithThree young curlers and a squash player join a lengthening list of young people studying with Scotland’s Rural College who are competing at top level. 

Curlers Hazel Smith, Kyle Smith and Thomas Muirhead have been include in a group of 150 talented athletes studying at Scottish colleges and universities to receive support from Winning Students, Scotland’s national sports scholarship programme for student athletes.  It provides funding and academic flexibility to help students achieve their potential. For the SRUC curlers it offers help with travelling expenses to training sessions and competitions.

Hazel Smith, from Strathhaven, is in her second year of a degree course in Activity Tourism Curling winnersManagement at Ayr Riverside. Kyle Smith from Guildtown in Perthshire is also a second year, studying for a degree in Agriculture at Edinburgh, as is his team mate Thomas Muirhead of Blair Atholl, who is a first year. All three compete at National and International level.

The new scholarship list was announced at the Stirling Sports Village where support from Winning Students has helped to establish a national training hub for elite curlers in partnership with Scottish and British Curling. Fifteen young curlers were include in this years list.

Now in its fifth year supporting student athletes, eleven current and former Winning Students were competing at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Calum Johnston (left)Meanwhile in Aberdeen, Squash player Calum Johnston, who has just begun a degree in Rural Business Management at Craibstone, is now receiving support from the sportscotland Institute of Sport at local level through Grampian Institute of Sport. He was recommended by Scottish Squash. On current performance and potential, Calum is well placed to be in the frame to represent Scotland in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. He already has international experience.

The Area Institutes of Sport offer promising young athletes access to essential support services, wherever they live, work or train, and aims to provide them with individually tailored programmes designed to help them to improve their performances, and ultimately develop their potential to reach the top level in their chosen sport. Like his curling colleagues Calum faces a busy year of competition and the support is invaluable.

We hope to track the progress of al of SRUC’s young athletes throughout the year.

Photographs: Hazel Smith; Thomas Muirhead (middle right) and Kyle Smith (far right) winners in Sweden; Calum Johnston (on left) courtesy of

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