Weekend of success for University of Aberdeen athletes

Weekend of success for University of Aberdeen athletes

University of Aberdeen student sport stars are celebrating after tasting success in a number of events over the past weekend.

Nearly 200 student athletes from over 15 different Aberdeen clubs were in action between 22 and 24 February, with medals secured at UK and Scottish university level.

The British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) Gatorade Nationals, held in Sheffield,  is the pinnacle of the university sporting season for Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Climbing, Fencing, Judo, Karate, Orienteering, Rifle, Swimming, and Trampolining - allowing student athletes the opportunity to earn points for their university which feed into the overarching university points table. 

Aberdeen University Rifle Club took silver in the team shooting event. Jonty Barron also clinched silver in the individual rifle discipline narrowly missing out in the race for gold.

In Judo, Alison Wilson of the university’s Judo Club made an impressive come back from a year and half injury to claim bronze in the individual competition. Impressive top ten performances were also secured by our Fencing and Athletics teams.

The Scottish Student Sport (SSS) Indoor Archery Championships were hosted at Aberdeen Sports Village over the same weekend. Team Aberdeen performed fantastically to take second place overall with Rebekah Tipping and Simon Garett taking gold in the Senior Individual Recurve.  

On Friday, Feb 21, the Sports Union was greeted with the news that Megan Burgoyne and Ben Matthews form the University’s Woman’s and Men’s Lacrosse Clubs were selected for the Scotland national team. Megan will compete in the upcoming home international series, whilst Ben will represent Scotland at the International Lacrosse Championship in Denver, Colorado between July 10-19.

Marc McCorkell, Aberdeen University Student Association (AUSA) President for Sport, said: “These impressive results achieved by TeamABDN over the weekend demonstrate the hard work, commitment and dedication our students show week in and week out to university sport. We are particularly proud of both Megan and Ben who will represent not only the University of Aberdeen but Scotland in the upcoming months.”