RGU hockey star set to compete in Russia

A Robert Gordon University sport scholar has made the final selection for the Scottish Women U21 Outdoor Hockey squad’s appearance at the 2012 EuroHockey Junior Nations Championships.

Siobhan CowieGoalkeeper Siobhan Cowie (19), from Cairnlee Avenue East in Cults, will compete in the annual championships which will be held this year in Aleksin, western Russia, from 15 to 21 July.

The squad will fly to Prague next week to take part in a series of test matches against the Czech Republic to set themselves up for the Euros. Come July, they will square off against Wales, the Czech Republic and Russia in the pools stage.

No stranger to representing her country on an international level, Siobhan has worked up through the ranks from the North District Girls team from 2007 to 2010, to the Scotland U18 Home Nations Squad. Her selection for the U21s came in December 2010 when she was handpicked following an intensive three-month training process.

Commenting on her selection for the Euros, the second year Management with Human Resources student said: “I’m really pleased to have been chosen for the team. Since the training squad for U21s was put together over a year ago, we have been training ever since. Every session is an opportunity to show what you can do and get picked for the squad.”

Most recently, the squad competed in the Great Britain Super League in Shropshire last month (April), providing an opportunity for the coaches to pick their best players ahead of this summer’s championships.

“Securing my selection has involved a lot of hard work over the past few years,” Siobhan continued, “and the intensity and frequency of training will be increased now that the final squad has been chosen, so this will be a real challenge.”

The next few months will be all the more complicated because of Siobhan’s need to take time off from her studies, including her university placement at UK executive search firm, Odgers Berndston. 

She concluded: “The university and my placement provider are being very supportive, so I will do my best to make the most of my time away with the squad.”

Siobhan is supported by the RGU: SPORT scholarship programme which provides tailor-made training, financial assistance and lifestyle management. 

Sport Programmes Manager at RGU: SPORT, Neil Brown said: “We’re proud to play a supportive role in Siobhan’s sporting career and wish her all the best in the championships. She has proven herself more than capable of representing her country on the field and her determination and skill are exemplary. We look forward to charting Siobhan’s progress across the next few months and remain committed to offering her the cutting-edge training and support programmes that we provide for all our scholars.”

Andrew Youngson
Communications Officer |Faculty of Health and Social Care

Robert Gordon University
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262389