Performance Sport News 16th February 2017

Boat Club Celebrates 150th Year

This weekend the Edinburgh University Boat Club celebrated their 150th year at the university after being founded in 1867. The club is one of the largest sports clubs on campus with over 230 members and everyone attending the ball on Saturday night had plenty to celebrate! The club recognised some of their most notable alumni, amongst whom is Olympian and Edinburgh Unviersity Hall-of-Famer, Dame Katherine Grainger. Have a look at the link below to hear more about the night and the successful athletes that EUBC have produced over their remarkable 150 year history!

Boat Club Success Still Strong After 150 Years

EUBC athletes past and present were feeling inspired after celebrating the 150th anniversary of the club as they headed into GB teams February trials this weekend in Boston, Lincolnshire.


In the men's pairs postgraduate Oli Wilkes and Calum Irvine finished 9th overall. Graham Ord and fresher Ryan Morrison placed 20th overall (6th full U23 pair) and Rufus Scholefield and Richard St.Pier finished 29th overall. Josh Armstrong finished 3rd U23 and 8th overall in the 5km course in his single, an impressive feat in his first year at U23 level.

In the lightweight men, Gavin Horsburgh won the U23 category (4th overall), Matthew ‘Ricky’ Curtis placed 2nd U23 (8th overall) and James Temple placed 4th U23 (10th overall). Alumni Kieran Brown finished 17th and Gregor Maxwell finished 24th.


The women's pair of Mairi Buchan and fresher India Somerside finished 11th overall in a strong field of women's pairs, featuring Olympians. Fresher Alex Rankin finished an impressive 4th U23 in her first year of rowing at U23 level. Alumni Robyn Hart-Winks (rowing for UL) finished 5th overall in the lightweight womens singles.

Edinburgh University Athlete Recognised in Scots Success Over France

Harbouring three Edinburgh University athletes in their line up, Scotland recorded a 2-0 win over France in their first of three test matches in preparation for World League 2 in Belfast next month. David Forrester, in goals, was given special praise for his performance in the 3rd quarter, stopping a number of attacks from the French side. Read more about the match and some of our performance athletes competing on the world stage below.

Women's Six Nations Squad Lose out to France

Scotland women's Six Nations squad were also in France this week, however, they did not record the same result as men's hockey. After a close fought battle with Ireland last week, the women's side could not contain the strong French opposition who defeated the Scots 55-0.

Scotland face Wales at home in Broadwood Stadium on February 24th next and we expect there to be a strong home support for our nine past and present Edinburgh University athletes as they continue their campaign!

Men's Rugby Progress to Next Round of BUCS Trophy

Congratulations to the men's rugby team who fought for an emphatic, 20-9, win over Durham away on Wednesday night. This sees them progressing to the next round of the trophy where they will face St Andrews.

Its a Home Win For Women's Hockey

Women's hockey hosted the University of Nottingham on Wednesday and sealed a huge 4-1 win over the visiting side. The women's team are now sitting 3rd in the BUCS North A League.

Men's Hockey Knocked out of the BUCS Trophy

The men's first team hosted Manchester in the BUCS Trophy on Wednesday and after tying the game 2-2 at full-time, lost out on penalties. With three players and coach Moodie in France with the national team this week it was difficult for the men to get the clear win they were hoping for and it all came down to penalties. However, the men still have that league title, congratulations EUMHC!

Edinburgh Archers Breaking Records

Edinburgh University Archery Club had an extremely successful weekend at the BUCS Northern Qualifier and Scottish Indoor Championships. The club broke 1 Scottish record, 1 club record and 3 BUCS records, as well as winning many medals! Congratulations to the whole club!

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Beth Mackie


Hockey Photo Credits: Celia Powell Photography

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