Swimmer Andrea awarded national scholarship

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Swimming star Andrea Strachan has been awarded a national sports scholarship given to Scotland’s most promising student athletes, including  Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games hope­fuls.


Andrea, 19, from Lerwick, four times gold medallist in this summer’s island games and a student at Edinburgh University, received the Winning Students award, which will enable her to train and continue her academic studies at the same time.

More than 120 athletes studying in colleges and universities across Scotland will receive funding support from Winning Students during the 2011/12 academic year. Awards are of up £5,500 each year, which students can put towards sporting costs and academic-related expenses. The funding ensures stu­dents receive the necessary aca­demic flexibility for them to per­form in both their sport and their studies.

Athletes are identified and nom­inated through partnership with nine governing bodies and the sportscotland institute of sport, while further Individual Scholar­ships are offered to students com­peting in other sports. Now in its fourth year, Winning Students has established a network of 29 Scottish colleges and universities with the capacity to support the nation’s best student athletes.

Students selected this year in­clude swimmer Robbie Renwick from the University of Strathclyde, who is training towards the London 2012 Olympic Games, and Univer­sity of Stirling maths student Marc Austin, bidding for triathlon success at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Programme co-ordinator Jason Atkins said: “Some of the most talented young athletes are currently combining their sport with study and the Winning Students scholar­ships recognise this. I am delighted the programme is able to support so many athletes and wish them every success.”


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