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Karate achievements

Congratulations to Elite Athletes, Amy Connell, David Carter and Andrew Carter on all of their karate achievements in recent weeks.

Amy Connell competed in five fights and won bronze at the World University Championships in Bar, Montenegro. Amy felt very proud to be part of the GB team representing the University of Strathclyde at the World Championships.

David and Andrew Carter, who are brothers, recently returned from the European karate championships in Verona, where both of them made the final for Junior Ippon champion. Both drew the match twice and in the end it was David who was decided as the winner.


Craig on a ‘Par’ with the best!

2nd Year Computer Science student and University Golf bursar, Craig Chalmers, has just returned from Lima, Peru after a 5th place finish at the Amateur International Golf tournament, Campeonato internacional De Aficionados, in the individual Carlos Roffo Cup event. Craig turned in an excellent performance in the tournament, which was won by Guillermo Pereira from Chile who is currently ranked 13th on the World Amateur Golf list.

Craig was part of a two man student team in Peru representing the R&A, which is the governing body of golf and a major funding partner of the University Golf Programme. Craig and his team mate, Ryan McKinstry from Queens University in Belfast, also managed a 5th place finish in the team Manuel Prado Cup event, which is the R&A’s highest ever student team finish.

The Campeonato Internacional De Aficionados is held annually by Lima Golf Club, which invites all South American Golf Associations along with selected USA and Canadian Golf Associations and Clubs to participate. The University of St Andrews and the National University of Ireland also had teams participating. 

Craig said of his experience in Lima: “The week in Lima was an unforgettable experience for me as it allowed me to experience a different culture in addition to having the opportunity to play golf on a course unlike those in Scotland. The hospitality we received was superb and it was enjoyable to take part in the Opening and Closing ceremonies. We made friends with several other teams and socialised with the teams from Ireland, Brazil and the USA.”

Just prior to leaving for Peru, and having led the Strathclyde team to the final of the Scottish Students Championship, Craig had finished 5th in the British Universities Golf Order of Merit standings after consistent performances during the 2013-14 season. This has resulted in his selection for the GB students’ team at the World University Championships in Crans-Montana, Switzerland from 23-27 June.

This is an outstanding achievement and makes Craig the first Strathclyde golfer to be selected for the Great Britain student team for many years.

In addition to the assistance that Craig received from the Centre for Sport & Recreation as part of the Elite Athlete programme, he also was given considerable support during the year from his academic department who were fully supportive of his efforts to balance his academic and golfing ambitions. Craig says, “I greatly appreciate having been given the opportunity by the R&A to represent the R&A Scholars in Peru. I also appreciate the support from Niall Sturrock, Scott Neil, Anne-Marie Hughes, the Centre for Sport and Recreation, and the CIS Department in arranging for me to miss University classes to go to Peru”.

For more information on the University’s Sports Bursary Programme please visit: http://www.strath.ac.uk/sport/sportsbursaries/

The Golf Scholarship Programme is funded by grants from the R&A Foundation and University Alumni Fund: http://www.strath.ac.uk/alumni/givingtostrathclyde/