Meet the Elite

The upcoming elite in 14 competitive sports have been selected for a prestigious scholarship programme designed to help them reach their full potential.

RGU: SPORT Scholars 2012-13RGU: SPORT, the Robert Gordon University (RGU) £11million sports facility, has revealed its latest sport scholar line up. Among the 29 top sporting students who have been selected this year are rowing duo Lewis McCue and Morven Shaw.

Now in its seventh year, the RGU: SPORT scholarship scheme provides recipients with a number of measures to support their athletic and academic careers.

This includes sports coaching, conditioning advice, physiological and performance testing, expert guidance on nutrition, sports science, performance and lifestyle management. Financial assistance is also awarded to support travel, training, equipment and competition expenses accrued during the academic year. 

Joining the scholarship for the first time is rower, Lewis McCue, from Garthdee Drive, Aberdeen. Lewis (17) took up rowing five years ago while still at Harlaw Academy.

The Applied Sports and Exercise Science student has already made his mark on a national level, becoming Scottish champion in no less than seven events including junior men’s scull, double, pair and coxless four. He was also ranked second at the 2011 GB rowing trials.

Lewis said: “I am pleased to be an RGU: SPORT scholar because the programme will help me to balance my academic commitments with sporting goals.”

He will next appear at the 2012 GB trial on 23 and 24 November in the Single Scull.

Morven ShawFellow rower, Morven Shaw, 18, is also joining the scholarship for the first time. The Newtonhill local has rowed since 2007 when she took part in the ‘Learn to Row Week’ at Portlethen Academy where she studied.

Morven, who this September began studying on the university’s Mechanical Engineering programme, has competed annually for the Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association, becoming the only Aberdeen junior to have won three consecutive National Schools Regatta gold’s.

Commenting on her selection for the RGU programme, she said: “The scholarship provides so many opportunities which previously have not been available to me, such as physio profiling. I feel that these extras will help me get that one step ahead for the next racing season.”

Morven shot to local stardom this summer when she was selected to carry the Olympic torch during the north-east leg of its UK-wide tour. She hopes to compete for RGU in the annual boat race against the University of Aberdeen as well as in the 2013 British university championships and Henley Women’s Regatta.

Other budding sport stars in this year’s scholarship line-up include Stonehaven archer, Emily Blake, Forres shooter, Danielle Wilson and Balmedie swimmer, Stuart McIntosh.

The scholars represent the new generation of top level sportsmen and women - many having already achieved both national success. Alumni of the programme include Commonwealth gold champion swimmer, Hannah Miley, and golf star, Jane Turner, who represented Great Britain at the 2011 World University Games.

Filippo Antoniazzi, Director of Sport at RGU, founded the scholarship in 2006 following the opening of the sports facility. He said: “I am delighted that the scholarship has once again drawn some of Europe’s finest young athletes. We are increasingly recognised for our world-class facilities, expertise and staff. This combined offering allows us to cultivate an environment which helps the next generation reach its true potential whether on the track, field, in the pool or otherwise.”

The RGU: SPORT Scholarship programme works regularly with public and private sector bodies who have offered guidance and financial support.

Filippo continued: “Corporate funding is an important source of support for the programme. As such, we remain open to conversations with companies looking to invest in sport and the next generation of the nation’s top athletes”.

To find out more about the sponsorship opportunities offered by the scholarship scheme please contact Filippo Antoniazzi by phone on (01224) 263769 or by email at  

Photo captions
  • Top right: The 2012-13 roster of RGU: SPORT scholars
  • Bottom left: Morven Shaw gets kitted up with equipment from her fellow scholars.
Notes to editors

The 2012/13 RGU: SPORT Scholars are:


  • Emily Blake (Applied Social Science) 


  • Sean Brindley (MSc Physiotherapy)
  • Gemma Cormack (Occupational Therapy)
  • Greg Urwin (Mechanical Engineering)


  • Rhiann MacLeod (Social Work)
  • Derrick Sloan (Pharmacy)


  • Abbi Aitken ( Event Management)

Gaelic Football

  • Olive McCafferty (Physiotherapy)


  • Siobhan Cowie  (Management with HR) 
  • Lara Mowforth  (Management with Marketing)


  • George Caleap (Architectural Technology)


  • Christie Duff (Architecture)
  • Emily Geddes (Applied Sport & Exercise Science)
  • Lewis McCue (Applied Sport & Exercise Science)
  • Iona Riley (Applied Sport & Exercise Science)
  • Morven Shaw (Mechanical Engineering)

Rhythmic Gymnastics

  • Rebecca Bee (Applied Social Sciences)


  • Andrew Cramond (Mechanical Engineering)


  • Jennifer McIntosh (Photography (Foundation))
  • Danielle Wilson (Architecture)


  • Odmar Faroe (International Business Management)  


  • Rona Plowman (Law LLB)
  • Stuart McIntosh (Computer Science)
  • Euan Dunbar (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Mark Campbell (MSc IAS Oilfield Chemicals)
  • Elizabeth Hughes (Applied Sport & Exercise Science) 
  • Andrew McGovern (Accounting and Finance)  
  • Aurélie Bernadet (MSc Corp Comms and Public Affairs)  
  • Colin Dalgleish (Accounting and Finance)
  • RGU: SPORT is Robert Gordon University’s £11 million state-of-the-art sports facility which features a 25m swimming pool, three gyms, a climbing wall and bouldering room, café bar, three exercise studios and a vast sports hall. The facility was established in 2005 to improve the sporting infrastructure available for the region and to act as a social hub for the University’s Garthdee campus.

Andrew Youngson
Communications Officer | Faculty of Health and Social Care

Robert Gordon University
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262389