Swim success for Team RGU

RGU SPORT Scholar, Hannah Miley, led the University swim team to success this weekend at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) swimming long course championships.

BUCS Swimming 2012The north-east Olympic hopeful struck gold in the 200m Individual Medley (IM), 400m IM and 200m Freestyle at the event held in Ponds Forge, Sheffield, on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February.

Hannah’s strong performance inspired fellow sport Scholars, Andrew McGovern (Aberdeen) and Lizzie Hughes (Aberdeen), who took gold and bronze respectively in the mens 50m backstroke and womens 200m backstroke.

Established in 2008, BUCS is the governing body for university sport in the UK and is responsible for organising 50 inter-university sports, including annual competitions for the 157 member universities and colleges.

Twelve RGU: SPORT scholars, along with nine non-scholar RGU students, are currently competing throughout February within seven individual BUCS disciplines. Next weekend, the University will be represented in the squash, indoor archery and table tennis championships.

RGU President of Sport and Physical Activity, Nicola Scott, was in Sheffield with the swimming team. She commented: “It was a brilliant weekend with great swimming and team spirit.  This is the best result RGU have had at a BUCS Championship and the team should be really proud of their efforts.”
Notes to editors

Full results of the BUCS 2012 Swimming Long Course Championships can be found online here.

The  RGU: SPORT Scholars competing in the BUCS 2012 season are:
•    Table Tennis
 - Aurélie Bernadet  (Saint Benoit, France) – MSc Corp Comms and Public Affairs 

•    Swimming
-  Andrew McGovern  (Aberdeen) – Accounting and Finance
 - Stuart McIntosh (Balmedie)  – Computer Science
 - Elizabeth Hughes (Aberdeen) – Applied Sport & Exercise Science
 - Hannah Miley (Inverurie) – Applied Sport & Exercise Science

•    Archery
- Emily Blake (Stonehaven) – Applied Social Science

•    Squash
- Chris Leiper (Aberdeen)  – Applied Sport & Exercise Science

•    Hill running
 - Scout Adkin (Peebles) - Physiotherapy
 - Jennifer Cruickshanks (Lundin Links, Fife) – Children’s Nursing

•    Waterpolo and Swimming
 - Fionnuala Quinn (Castlebar, Co Mayo) - Physiotherapy

•    Athletics
 - Gemma Cormack (MacDuff) – Occupational Therapy

•    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.

•    British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the governing body for university sport in the United Kingdom. BUCS was formed in June 2008 following a merger of the British Universities Sports Association (BUSA) and University College Sport (UCS) organisations. BUCS is responsible for organising 50 inter-university sports within the UK and representative teams for the World University Championships and the World University Games.

Andrew Youngson 
Communications Officer | Faculty of Health and Social Care
Robert Gordon University
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262389