GCU athletes recognised with sporting scholarships

14 November 2013

GCU athletes recognised with sporting scholarships

BSc Biomedical Sciences student and weightlifter Haris Ansari

Two promising student athletes at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) have been supported to combine their studies with the pursuit of sporting excellence.

Third year BA Hons Nursing Studies student and curler Vicky Wright, and weightlifter and final year BSc Biomedical Sciences student Haris Ansari, will receive funding support and academic flexibility through national sports scholarships scheme Winning Students.

Winning Students was established in 2008. It is funded by the Scottish Funding Council and run by the University of Stirling. In the past five years, it has invested more than £2 million in scholarships to some 340 athletes, making it the third largest sporting support programme in Scotland.

Haris, who recently defended his Weightlifting Scotland Senior Champion title in the 77 kilo category, receives the award for the second concurrent year. He said the funding will allow him to pursue his dream of competing in next year’s Commonwealth Games.

He said: “It also means that my competition and training costs can be subsidised which will help massively as it is my final year.

“By utilising facilities such as massage therapy and physiotherapy through the university, it has allowed me to stay physically and mentally fit in order to overcome my tough training schedule.

“The flexibility provided by the academic staff also allows me to work around any hurdles I come across.”

Vicky was in the Scotland women’s curling team which collected the silver medal at the 2013 World Junior Championships and she has twice won the European Junior Tour in 2011/12 and 12/13.

She said: “Winning students has help me significantly with the cost of travelling as I do a lot of training between Glasgow, Stirling, Ayr and Perth every week.

“The academic staff have been fantastic too. I have been able to take time out of university and in placement, where they have each supported me to get the work done at a time that suits my training schedule.”