Sport and media stars inspire GCU students

31 March 2017

Sport and media stars inspire GCU students

Stars from the world of sport and media inspired students at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) yesterday by sharing their stories of success.

Scotland rugby player and Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) student, together with Commonwealth gymnast Steve Frew and alumnus Colin Stone, addressed students in leadership and entrepreneurialism at an event held on the University campus.

“Being the first and only Scottish female professional rugby player, I think I have a good story to tell and hopefully mine can inspire others to chase after their dreams,” said Jade Konkel.

Jade has played in Scotland Women's Six Nations squad and been capped 23 times. She is the first woman in Scotland’s history to sign a professional contract in rugby and combines this with studying for a BSc (Hons) in Social Work.

Gymnast Steve Frew, who took gold in the men’s rings at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, delivered an inspirational speech.

He said: “I was lucky enough to be the first gymnast to win Scotland’s first ever Gold Medal in gymnastics in the history of the Commonwealth. I had to break down barriers, handle setbacks, and get over many hurdles, and do something that hadn’t been done before. By sharing my journey, I hope students can learn there aren’t any limits and give them the confidence to be the best they can be.”

STV reporter and former GCU Multimedia Journalist Colin Stone returned to the University and spoke of his position as a news presenter on the channel. He said: “My route is not the be all and end all, everyone has their unique story. Students are savvy and switched on, and if people from this University can come back and speak to students of today – I think that is very helpful.”

Dr Susan Ogden, Head of Department of Business Management, Glasgow School for Business and Society, said: “We understand that to create the best 21st century graduates we must enable them to bring creativity to the workplace. We recognise that enterprising behaviour will enhance our students in a competitive marketplace. As a University, we must foster and create opportunities for our students to learn from others and to create an environment which is inspiring, allowing our students to flourish.”

The annual event invites speakers from the world of sport, media, business and fashion, hospitality, tourism and retail to demonstrate diversity of achievement and to inspire current students. It was part of the Employability, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship module, which first-year students undertake as part of the Glasgow School for Business and Society’s drive to encourage entrepreneurialism and creativity.