University of Stirling sports scholars head to Winter Olympics | On
Lammie, 24, from Stranraer, who studied sport and exercise science while a researcher at university, said: “It’s great to be selected for the Winter Olympics – it’s the result of many years of hard work and I’m very proud of this achievement. The Olympic Winter Games are the pinnacle of our sport – and I can’t wait to be there and feel that pressure.
“The support of the University has been very important in the preparation for the Olympic Games. It allowed me to graduate a few years ago and gave me the opportunity to become a full-time curler, with a degree behind me.
Smith, from Guildtown near Perth, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stirling last year. The 23-year-old, who is the daughter of 1991 world champion David Smith, said: “It’s absolutely amazing to be selected to represent Team GB. We just want to make the most of it and do the best we can.
The Winter Olympics take place from Friday February 4 to Sunday February 20. The men’s curling competition will begin on Wednesday February 9 and the women’s on Thursday February 10.
Cathy Gallagher, Executive Director of Sport at the University of Stirling, said: “I am absolutely delighted for Ross, Mili and Bobby after their selection to Team GB at the Winter Olympics. We are incredibly proud of everything they have achieved in their curling careers so far – and we look forward to cheering them on over the coming weeks.
“The success of Ross, Mili and Bobby reflects the comprehensive sports scholarship the University has in place for our top athletes, as well as the effective partnerships with governing bodies, including British Curling.”
The selection comes just months after six University of Stirling athletes traveled to last summer’s Olympics in Tokyo, returning with five medals. Duncan Scott made history by winning a record four medals to become Britain’s most successful Olympian in a single Games, while fellow Stirling swimmer Kathleen Dawson won gold in the mixed 4x100m medley relay . Both athletes have been appointed Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year Honors List, in recognition of their success.
The Team GB swim squad in Tokyo also included Ross Murdoch, Aimee Willmott and Cassie Wild from Stirling, while fellow sports specialist Gabriella Wood became the first woman – and second person – to represent Trinidad and Tobago in judo at the Olympics. Stirling student Ben Rowlings also competed in Japan – representing Team GB in wheelchair racing at the Paralympic Games.
The University of Stirling is Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence, and its performance programs provide world-class coaching, education, competition and financial support to athletes, enabling them to excel in their sport. while studying.