Table tennis star shows them all how it’s done

RGU: SPORT scholar, Aurélie Bernadet, won the battle of the sexes at the annual University of Aberdeen Christmas table tennis championship on Saturday (3 December) at Aberdeen Sports Village.

Aurelie BernadetThe MSc Corporate Communications and Public Affairs student took top positions in both the Men and Women’s opens.

Arranged each year by the University of Aberdeen, the Christmas tournament brings together table tennis players from the Aberdeen district league and unaffiliated enthusiasts. This year, a total of 75 people competed in the mixed-gender open championship, which was followed by the men’s and women’s opens, featuring 40 and 6 competitors respectively.

On the day Aurélie swiftly won the ladies open and, not without hard work, managed to win the men’s open, beating fellow RGU student Tobias Daneels 3-2 in the final. The trophy, which was presented to her that afternoon, was won in 2009 and 2010 by her training partner David Low who was unfortunately unable to compete due to tennis elbow.

Aurélie (21), who hails from Saint Benoit, France, has been playing table tennis for 13 years, rising to play at a national level through her youth. While undertaking her final year of a BA Business and Management at Wrexham, she played in the local league, playing in both division 1 and the premium division.

Since moving to Aberdeen this year, she has competed in the senior men’s national league in division 2. She has also found the time outside of her studies to launch a new table tennis club at RGU which she established in September. 

Aurélie was recently selected to join the RGU: SPORT scholarship programme which provides recipients with a number of measures aimed at supporting 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.

Commenting on her success at Saturday’s tournament, Aurélie said: “It was a hard-fought competition, but I was delighted to claim the trophy for both female and male opens. It was great to see so many people there on the day and I look forward to meeting many of them at future competitions.”

Aurélie will next compete alongside the Aberdeen University Ladies Team in the local league on Monday 12 December.


Notes to editors

The 2012 RGU: SPORT Scholars are:

  • Siobhan Cowie (Hockey) – Management with HR 
  • Odmar Faroe (Soccer) – International Business Management  
  • Aurélie Bernadet (Table Tennis) – MSc Corp Comms and Public Affairs  
  • Agata Aleksandra Zaremba (Volleyball) - MSc International Business Management  
  • Andrew McGovern (Swimming) – Accounting and Finance  
  • Jane Turner (Golf) – Graphic Design  
  • Stuart McIntosh (Swimming) – Computer Science  
  • Emily Blake (Archery) – Applied Social Science 
  • Rhiann MacLeod (Curling) – Social Work
  • Geoff Dunn (Rugby) - Pharmacy 
  • Caitlin Sedgeworth (Rugby) - Pharmacy 
  • Elizabeth Hughes (Swimming) – Applied Sport & Exercise Science 
  • PJ Barron (Cross Country Skiing) – Applied Sport & Exercise Science 
  • Hannah Miley (Swimming) – Applied Sport & Exercise Science 
  • Ciara Newell (Basketball) - Radiography 
  • Scout Adkin (Hill Running) - Physiotherapy 
  • Olive McCafferty (Gaelic Football) - Physiotherapy 
  • Fionnuala Quinn (Waterpolo and Swimming) - Physiotherapy 
  • Jennifer Cruickshanks (Hill Running) – Children’s Nursing 
  • Gemma Cormack (Athletics) – 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.

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